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Future-proofingMaking Practice-Based IT Design Sustainable$
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Carla Simone, Ina Wagner, Claudia Müller, Anne Weibert, and Volker Wulf

Print publication date: 2022

Print ISBN-13: 9780198862505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2022

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198862505.001.0001

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Projects in developing countries

Projects in developing countries

(p.161) 8 Projects in developing countries

Carla Simone

Ina Wagner

Claudia Müller

Anne Weibert

Volker Wulf

Oxford University Press

At the core of this chapter is a series of projects in a rural community in South Africa that succeeded in developing a well-functioning community network (CN). The chapter highlights several key conditions to achieving sustainability: the community taking part in all design decisions; the efforts to build local capabilities for running and maintaining the CN; and the steps towards ensuring its financial sustainability, based on legal provisions and a well-considered business model. Research revealing the complex ecology of repair shops in developing countries strengthens some of these insights, in particular the need to practise the ‘creative repurposing’ of materials and design for the easy maintainability and repair of technical devices.

Keywords:   sustainable IT design, ICT4D, rural communities, participation, capacity-building, design for maintainability and repair, financial sustainability

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