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 0268-1072Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|Journal or Publication Title:||New Technology, Work and Employment|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory|
|Departments:||Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology|
|Deposited On:||03 Nov 2011 13:57|
|Last Modified:||24 Feb 2017 05:37|
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