Implementing IT Policy and the Bedevilment of Post-Colonialism - A Case Study in Tanzania
Joseph Kabalimu (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Brian Corbitt (Deakin University, Australia) and Theerasak Thanasanakit (Monash University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2003
This chapter is concerned with how Tanzania has been socially and economically affected by post-colonialism at a policy level as well as at an ordinary (public) level during the IT policy development process in the country. An IT policy according to Corbitt (1999:309) “is a reflection of the society in which it is formed and is socially constructed within the ideologies which frame that society.” Corbitt (1999:312) goes on to describe the implementation phase of the policy: Policy is implemented in an environment influenced by ideologies which spawn values and beliefs, some of which are known, recognized and obvious to the actors involved, whilst other influences are not recognized, nor obvious. This chapter examines the post-colonial influence, which comprises both directly and indirectly, observed implications within the IT policy development process in Tanzania. The discussion focuses on challenges which face decision and policy-makers in the country. The chapter also proposes an IT policy model which might be developed or designed using a different approach from the traditional policy-making model.