Understanding Benefits Realisation of iREACH from a Capability Approach Perspective

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Grunfeld, Helena, Hak, S and Pin, T (2011) Understanding Benefits Realisation of iREACH from a Capability Approach Perspective. Ethics and Information Technology, 13 (2). pp. 151-172. ISSN 1388-1957 (print) 1572-8439 (online)


The research presented in this paper is the first wave of a longitudinal study of a Cambodian information and communication for development (ICT4D) project, iREACH, aimed at testing a framework for evaluating whether and how such initiatives can contribute to capabilities, empowerment and sustainability. The framework is informed by Amartya Sen’s capability approach (CA), uses a participatory methodology, considers the micro-, meso-, and macro- levels in understanding the role ICT can play in the development process, and adopts a forward-looking longitudinal perspective. Key findings of this research are that the project had contributed to livelihoods and other aspects of well-being in diverse ways, primarily in education, health, and farming. Participants also valued the project because of its contribution to empowerment, particularly gender empowerment. Another way in which participants valued iREACH was of a more intrinsic nature, manifested in a general appreciation of just being part of the world and knowing about events in other parts of Cambodia and beyond. These findings are consistent with the CA’s emphasis on development being about more than economic growth and support the importance of considering external factors, conceptualised here as the meso- and macro- levels, in the conversion of commodities in the form of services provided at iREACH, to capabilities.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9437
DOI 10.1007/s10676-011-9268-4
Official URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10676-...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Keywords ResPubID24417, Cambodia, capability approach, empowerment, ICT4D, iREACH, longitudinal study, micro- meso- and macro-levels, participatory evaluation, sustainability
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