Context, design and conveyance of information: ICT-enabled agricultural information services for rural women in Bangladesh

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ICT for development projects often focus on integrating social factors in information systems design. A well-designed ICT4D solution must be tailored to the needs of the people who will use them and subsequently, requires an extensive understanding of the context and constraints in people’s lives. With an objective to explore how context-specific issues influence the conveyance of appropriate agricultural information to women, this paper uses PROTIC (participatory research and ownership with technology, information and change), a 5-year collaborative project between Monash University and Oxfam, as a case. PROTIC was implemented in three climate vulnerable ecological zones of Bangladesh with an aim to overcome the agricultural information gap for rural women. Based on a study in mixed research method and triangulation, this paper brings evidence on the significance of considering context-specific attributes in designing effective and sustainable information services for marginalized women farmers in developing countries. The paper upfolds some significant recommendations which is expected to contribute to the domain of context-specific information system design in resolving socio-economic problems to pave the way of sustainable development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277–287
Number of pages10
JournalAI and Society
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2020

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