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Power/knowledge and impact assessment:creating new spaces for expertise in international development

Hayes, Niall and Westrup, Chris (2012) Power/knowledge and impact assessment:creating new spaces for expertise in international development. New Technology, Work and Employment, 27 (1). pp. 9-22. ISSN 0268-1072

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Abstract

This paper seeks to contribute to an emerging debate on impact assessment in the domain of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). Drawing on the literature and some aspects of Foucault’s (1977a) work on power /knowledge we reflect on the ways in which impact assessment may come to shape the nature and scope of ICT4D projects. We focus our attention to the processes of how development is practiced and its importance for ICT4D outcomes. Specifically we consider the role of methodologies and upstream agencies and argue that impact assessment offers the potential to substantially transform power knowledge relations between donors, NGOs, those working in specific context and the beneficiaries themselves. Overall we will suggest that impact assessment may come to offer a new and subtle form of control that may shape how we may come to understand and undertake development. Based on this analysis, we draw recommendations for the future use of impact assessment in the domain of ICT4D and implications for future research.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: New Technology, Work and Employment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 50750
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2011 13:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:48
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50750

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