Socio-Technical Issues of Participatory Design in the Developing World

Socio-Technical Issues of Participatory Design in the Developing World

Lynne Dunckley (Thames Valley Univerisy, UK), Souleymane Boundaouda Camara (Thames Valley Univerisy, UK), José Abdelnour-Nocera (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Timothy Mwololo Waema (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
DOI: 10.4018/jskd.2009070101
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Abstract

This article describes how the VeSeL project which involves a distributed team of technologists and users from different cultural backgrounds is attempting to manage the process of user involvement and participation. In this case the developers are distributed but linked by a number of communication technologies while the users have very few technological means of communicating with the developers. It describes how the contrasting social and community issues of both the developers and the users can be understood and managed.

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