In every IDEV course I’ve taken thus far, we’ve discussed that the definition of development is not universal. This has posed a myriad of issues in terms of what exactly needs to be done and how. Our ICT4D textbook by Tim Unwin also brings up this problem and discusses how this inconsistency in what development is affects information communication technologies. Personally, I have a problem with the top-down approach of development ICTs: bringing information from those who know (the developed countries) to those who don’t, the ignorant (the underdeveloped countries). There is a great flaw with this patronizing perspective, because the transfer of information cannot go one way and neither side can be thought of as “ignorant.” Development organizations, nonprofits and countries need to implement ICTs that allow for a mutual transfer of information and they must not assume to be all-knowing of the needs of the underdeveloped populations. The lines of communication must be both open and effective. Together, developed and underdeveloped nations have all the information necessary for sustainable, successful development. Efficacy is a matter of working together, which means that there needs to be a sense of community. Unwin discussed how implementing ICTs into development work is not a new idea and cannot be treated as such. More technologies cannot be thrown at underdeveloped nations, but instead the type of information being shared needs to improve. In chapter 4, Unwin brought up incorporating theatre, dance and music media into development ICTs, and how these in particular have been successful in creating a sense of community and in helping come up with local solutions rather than relying on external “expert” advice. Personally, I believe the arts are extremely influential in bringing people together, and it is a concept that has been studied for years and widely supported. Conversely, a shared perspective between development organizations and the stakeholders is essential for success. Therefore, a more widespread integration of the arts into development ICTs is vital for maximum success of development ICTs.
7 February 2014
Improving ICT Efficacy with the Arts
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