Drawing from development: Towards unifying theory and practice of ict4d

Claire Heffernan*, Yibo Lin, Kim Thomson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Within the literature, many authors have argued that the rapid growth of the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) has resulted in an emphasis on the applications rather than on theory. However, it is clear that it is not theories, rather the integration of theory and practice, that is often lacking. To address this gap, the authors begin by exploring some of the popular theoretical approaches to ICT4D with a view to identifying those theories relevant to shared impacts: development, delivery and communication. To unify practice and theory, we offer a framework to directly assess the impact of ICT4D on development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-918
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number6
Early online date8 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


  • Development impacts
  • ICT
  • ICT4D
  • Theoretical frameworks
  • Theory


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