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Seminal ICT4D papers (as proposed by some South African authors)

Abrahams, L., & Goldstuck, A. (2010). The state of e-development in South Africa: A view from the end of the first decade of the 21st century. LINK Public Policy Paper No 11. Retrieved from

Ali, M., & Bailur, S. (2007). the Challenge of “Sustainability ” in ICT4D – Is Bricolage the Answer? In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (pp. 1–19). Saopaulo, Brazil. Retrieved from

Andrade, A. D., & Doolin, B. (2016). Information and Communication Technology and the Social Inclusion of Refugees. MIS Quarterly, 40(2), 405–416

Anokwa, Y., Smyth, T. N., Ramachandran, D., Sherwani, J., Schwartzman, Y., Luk, R., … Hidalgo, D. M. (2009). Stories from the Field: Reflections on HCI4D Experiences. Information Technologies & International Development, 5(4), 101–115. Retrieved from

Audenhove, L. Van. (2003). Towards an Integrated Information Society Policy in South Africa An overview of Political Rhetoric and Policy Initiatives 1994 – 2000: policy. South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research, 29(1–2), 129–147. Retrieved from

Avgerou, C. (2000). Recognising Alternative Rationalities in the Deployment of Information Systems. The Electronic Journal on Information Systems in Developing Countries, 3(7), 1–15.

Avgerou, C. (2003). The link between ICT and economic growth in the discourse of development. In M. Korpela, R. Montealegre, & A. Poulymenakou (Eds.), Organizational information systems in the context of globalization (pp. 373–386). New York: Springer. Retrieved from

Avgerou, C. (2010). Discourses on ICT and Development. Information Technologies & International Development, 6(3), 1–18. Retrieved from

Bank, W. (2000). Can Africa Claim the 21st Century? Foreign Affairs (Vol. 79). Washington.

Benkler, Y. (2000). From consumers to users: Shifting the deeper structures of regulation toward sustainable commons and user access. Federal Communications Law Journal, 52(3), 561–579. Retrieved from§ion=29

Braa, J., Monteiro, E., & Sahay, S. (2004). Networks of Action: Sustainable Health Information Systems Across Developing Countries. MIS Quarterly, 28(3), 337–362. Retrieved from

Brown, A. E., & Grant, G. G. (2010). Highlighting the Duality of the ICT and Development Research Agenda. Information Technology for Development, 16(2), 96–111.

Byrne, E. (2004). A participatory approach to the design of a child-health community-based information system for the care of vulnerable children. University of Western Cape, Cape Town.

Cooke, P., Gomez Uranga, M., & Etxebarria, G. (1997). Regional innovation systems: Institutional and organisational dimensions. Research Policy, 26(4–5), 475–491.

Dearden, A., & Rizvi, H. (2008). Participatory IT design and participatory development: a comparative review. In Tenth Anniversary Conference on Participatory Design 2008 (PDC ’08) (pp. 81–91). Retrieved from

Gillwald, A. (2010). The Poverty of ICT Policy, Research, and Practice in Africa. Information Technologies & International Development, 6((Special Edition)), 79–88. Retrieved from

Gitau, S., Plantinga, P., Diga, K., & Hutchful, D. (2011). African ICTD research (or the lack thereof). Interactions, 18(4), 74–77.

Gomez, R. (2013). The Changing Field of ICTD: Growth and maturation of the field, 2000-2010. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), 58(2013), 1–21

Gomez, R., & Pather, S. (2012). ICT Evaluation: Are we asking the right questions? The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), 50(5), 1–14

Graham, S., & Marvin, S. (2001). Splintering urbanism: Networked infrastructures, technological mobilities and the urban condition. Psychology Press. London: Routledge.

Gurumurthy, A. (2010). From Social Enterprises to Mobiles-Seeking a Peg to Hang a Premeditated ICTD Theory. Information Technologies & International Development, 6(Special Edition), 57–63. Retrieved from

Harris, R. W. (2016). How ICT4D Research Fails the Poor. Information Technology for Development, 22(1), 177–192.

Heeks, R. (2002). Information Systems and Developing Countries: Failure, Success, and Local Improvisations. The Information Society, 18(2), 101–112.

Heeks, R. (2010). Mainstreaming ICTs in Development: The Case Against. Retrieved from

Heeks, R. (2016). Examining “Digital Development”: The Shape of Things to Come? (No. 64). Development Informatics Working Paper Series. Manchester.

Heeks, R. (2016). ICT4D 2016: New Priorities for ICT4D Policy, Practice and WSIS in a Post-2015 World (Development Informatics Working Paper No. 59/2014). Manchester

Heeks, R., & Ospina, A. V. (2015). Analysing urban community informatics from a resilience perspective. Journal of Community Informatics, 11(1), 1–14. Retrieved from

Hodge, J., Lipschitz, R., Sheik, F., & Aproskie, J. (2008). South African 15-year Telecommunications Policy Review. Genesis Analytics (Pty) Ltd. For The Office. Retrieved from

Horwitz, R. B., & Currie, W. (2007). Another instance where privatization trumped liberalization: The politics of telecommunications reform in South Africa-A ten-year retrospective. Telecommunications Policy, 31(8–9), 445–462.

Hughes, G., Assis, J., Cornford, J., Gareis, J., Richardson, R., & Sokol, M. (2008). TRANSFORM – Benchmarking and Fostering Transformative Use of ICT in EU Regions. Summary Findings and Policy Recommendations. Retrieved from

Kleine, D. (2013). Technologies of choice? ICTs, development, and the capabilities approach. Massachusetts: MIT Press

Laranja, M., Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2008). Policies for science, technology and innovation: Translating rationales into regional policies in a multi-level setting. Research Policy, 37(5), 823–835.

Levy, B., & Spiller, P. T. (1994). The Institutional Foundations of Regulatory Commitment?: A Comparative Analysis of Telecommunications Regulation. Journal of Law Economics Organization, 10(2), 201–246.

Lin, C., Kuo, F.-Y., & Meyers, M. D. (2015). Extending ICT4D Studies: The Value of Critical Research. MIS Quarterly, 39(3), 697–712.

Mansell, R. (2008). Communication, information, and ICT policy: Enabling research frameworks. In C. Avgerou, M. Smith, & P. Van der Besselaar (Eds.), IFIP International Federation for Information Processing (Vol. 282, pp. 15–28). Boston: Springer.

May, J., Chib, A., & Barrantes, R. (2015). Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South. (J. May, A. Chib, & R. Barrantes, Eds.). San Diego: Springer Open.

Melody, W. H. (2003). The Next Generation Internet and Its Governance: Foundations for a New Communication Economy. The Southern African Journal on Information and Communication, 4(2003), 13–25. Retrieved from

Monteiro, E., & Hanseth, O. (1995). Social shaping of information infrastructure: on being specific about the technology. In W. Orlikowski, G. Walsham, M. Jones, & J. De Gross (Eds.), Information technology and changes in organisational work (pp. 325–343). London: Chapman & Hall. Retrieved from

Moodley, S. (2005). The Promise of E-Development? A Critical Assessment of the State ICT for Poverty Reduction Discourse in South Africa. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 4(1), 1–26.

Mueller, M. (2011). The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Info - The Journal Policy, Regulation an Strategy for Telecommunications, 13(5), 86–87.

Nakafeero, A., Okello, D., Comfort, K., Mandlate, J., Kyomuhendo, G. B., Yitamben, G., & Bakesha, S. (2013). African Women and ICTs: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment. (I. Buskens & A. Webb, Eds.). London: Zed Books Ltd

Nelson, C. (2010). Don’t mourn, organize. Academe, 96(1), 10–14.

Odendaal, N. (2011). Splintering Urbanism or Split Agendas? Examining the Spatial Distribution of Technology Access in Relation to ICT Policy in Durban, South Africa. Urban Studies, 48(11), 2375–2397.

Ohiorhenuan, J. F. E. (2011). The future of poverty and development in Africa. Foresight, 13(3), 7–23.

Oksa, J. (2004). Difficult job of transferring a success-story. In 4S and EASST Conference Public proofs: science, technology and democracy (pp. 1–16). Paris, France. Retrieved from

Parayil, G. (2005). The Digital Divide and Increasing Returns: Contradictions of Informational Capitalism. The Information Society, 21(1), 41–51.

Puri, S. K., & Sahay, S. (2007). Role of ICTs in participatory development: An Indian experience. Information Technology for Development, 13(2), 133–160.

Rudy Hirschheim and Heinz K. Klein. (1989). Four Paradigms of Information Systems Development. Communications of the ACM, 32(10), 1199–1216. Retrieved from

Sahay, S. (2016). Are we Building a Better World with ICTs? Empirically Examining this Question in the Domain of Public Health in India. Information Technology for Development, 22(1), 168–176.

Samarajiva, R., & Shields, P. (1990). Integration, Telecommunication, and Development: Power in the Paradigms. Journal of Communication, 40(3), 84–105.

Schulttze, U., & Stabell, C. (2004). Knowing what you don’t know? Discourses and contradicitions in knowledge management research. Journal of Management Studies, 41(4), 549–73. Retrieved from

Soper, D. S., Demirkan, H., Goul, M., & St. Louis, R. (2012). An Empirical Examination of the Impact of ICT Investments on Future Levels of Institutionalized Democracy and Foreign Direct Investment in Emerging Societies. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 13(3), 116–149.

Sterling, S. R., & Rangaswamy, N. (2010). Constructing Informed Consent in ICT4D Research. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (pp. 1–9). London.

Stiglitz, J. E. (1999). Public policy for a knowledge economy. Remarks at the Department of Trade and Industry and Center for Economic Policy Research. Retrieved from

Tan, F. B., & Hunter, G. M. (2002). The Repertory Grid Technique:A Method for the Study of Cognition in Information Systems. MIS Quarterly, 26(1), 39–57.

Tapper, H. (1998). Information Society Strategy: Seeking New Solutions for Post-Modern Societies. In 21st Scientific Conference and General Assembly for the IAMCR (pp. 1–10). Glasgow, Scotland. Retrieved from

Thompson, M. (2008). ICT and development studies: Towards development 2.0. Journal of International Development, 20(6), 821–835.

Toyama, K. (2011). Technology as amplifier in international development. In Proceedings of the 2011 iConference on - iConference ’11 (pp. 75–82).

Toyama, K. (2015). Geek heresy: Rescuing social change from the cult of technology. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 67(4), 303–305

Walsham, G. (2017). ICT4D research: reflections on history and future agenda. Information Technology for Development, 23(1), 18–41.

Ward, V. (2016). Why, whose, what and how? A framework for knowledge mobilisers. Evidence & Policy, 2016(June 3), 1–22.

Waverman, L., Meschi, M., & Fuss, M. (2005). The impact of telecoms on economic growth in developing countries. Vodafone Policy Paper Series Volume 2 London, UK, 2(3), 10–23. Retrieved from

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