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A List of Completely Wrong Assumptions About Technology Use in Emerging Economies


I’ve spent the past week at the iLab in Liberia and got what I came for: an updated reality check on the limitations of technology adoption in developing countries. Below are some of the assumptions that I took for granted. They’re perfectly obvious in hindsight and I’m annoyed at myself for not having realized their obviousness sooner. I’d be very interested in hearing from others about these and reading their lists. This need not be limited to one particular sector like ICT for Development (ICT4D) or Mobile Health (mHealth). Many of these assumptions have repercussions across multiple disciplines.

The following examples come from conversations with my colleague Kate Cummings who directs Ushahidi Liberia and the iLab here in Monrovia. She and her truly outstanding team—Kpetermeni Siakor, Carter Draper, Luther Jeke and Anthony Kamah—spearheaded a number of excellent training workshops over the past few days. At one point we began…

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Remote ICT4D has problems

How “Designing with the end user” undermines ICT4D best practice –

The argument: Enduser designs by the well-intentioned designer based far from the actual enduser miss the mark, if that mark is or includes “local empowerment.” “The truth of the matter is that far too many ICT4D projects are still initiated from the outside.” The summary is of an article posted at

Five Smartphones for Under $50 USD | TechChange

Five Smartphones for Under $50 USD | TechChange | The Institute for Technology and Social Change.

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