ICT4[n]: An Alternative Approach to Technology Design and Development that Extends the Distributed Strength of Ugandan Women

By Elizabeth Monachello Gin.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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Published Online: November 24, 2015 $US5.00

Market-driven and Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) design strategies only partially address the access gap for Ugandan women, who often do not share the same wealth, mobility, and digital and textual literacy of their male counterparts. While ICT4D often starts with both the development technique and outcome pre-determined, designing for Ugandan women requires a different approach: ICT4[n]. Using the design and development of the Bugolobi Market Mailing List as an example, ICT4[n] presents a more open framework and responsive approach to explore the opportunities that arise when the design of ICTs stems from the ambitions, priorities, and daily context of women in Bugolobi Market, Kampala, Uganda.

Keywords: East Africa, Uganda, Kampala, Bugolobi Market, ICT4D, Information and Communication Technology, ICTs, Design Research, Participatory Action Research, Feminism, Internet Cafes, ICT Centers, Digital Divide, Technology, Mobile Phones, Internet, Access, Women Market Vendors, Distributed Strength, Fieldwork

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 9, Issue 4, December, 2015, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 24, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 914.976KB)).

Elizabeth Monachello Gin

MFA Candidate, Media Design Practices and Field, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA