Demystifying the possibilities of ICT4D in the mountain regions of Nepal
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Original versionThapa, D., & Sæbø, Ø. (2011). Demystifying the possibilities of ICT4D in the mountain regions of Nepal Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 1-10).
Despite the substantial investments in ICT4D projects in developing countries, the benefits are yet to be realised by the majority of remote communities. Inaccessibility to ICT has widened educational, healthcare, information, and communication gaps between urban and remote communities. This paper focuses on an interpretive case study in Nepal to widen our understanding of how locally-initiated ICT4D projects may help to narrow these gaps. The study utilises the Assets Pentagon Model to identify the strengths and challenges of the Nepal Wireless Networking Project in the mountain areas, and to identify implications for research and practice based on insights from the case.
Author's version of a chapter in the book: Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Also available from the publisher at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2011.142