Edwin Blake, Meryl Glaser, Adinda Freudenthal
If Amartya Sen  is right to view poverty as capability deprivation, then empowering marginalized communities through information and communications technology (ICT) can play a big role in poverty alleviation. Unfortunately, ICT for development (ICT4D) projects have a notoriously high failure rate. As Richard Heeks says in his blog, "Good data on success/failure of ICT4D projects is embarrassingly limited, and more historical than recent" . ICT4D researchers tell many anecdotes to support this assertion; we have our own. In dialogue with colleagues we have developed a method of community-based co-design (CBCD) [3,4] in response to this situation. This is…
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