L. Waldman, P. Reed, T. Hrynick / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2017
The rapid spread of information and communication technologies (ICTs) (and of mobile phones in particular) across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has generated considerable excitement in development circles regarding their potential to revolutionise service delivery in health systems.
E. Berdou, C. Shutt / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2017
Crowdsourcing intermediaries form part of a new wave of technology-enabled collaborative transparency initiatives where the information that is required to effect change is generated by citizens themselves.
J. Shaw / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2017
Two of the central challenges in building accountability for marginalised people are how to reach and meaningfully involve the most excluded, and how to establish the kinds of relationships that mean they can achieve, influence and expect government responsiveness.
Patrick Van Zwanenberg, Mariano Fressoli, Valeria Arza, Adrian Smith, Anabel Marin / STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, 2017
Experimentation with radically open and collaborative ways of producing knowledge and material artefacts can be found everywhere – from the free/libre and open-source software movement to citizen science initiatives, and from community-based fabrication labs and makerspaces to the production of open-source scientific hardware.
Gerald Bloom, Evangelia Berdou, Hilary Standing, Zhilei Guo, Alain Labrique / BioMed Central, 2017
The aim of this paper is to contribute to debates about how governments and other stakeholders can influence the application of ICTs to increase access to safe, effective and affordable treatment of common illnesses, especially by the poor. First, it argues that the health sector is best conceptualized as a ‘knowledge economy’.
F. Bivens, G. Black, A. Hartnack, M. Waltz, J. Wheeler / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2017
Accountability is a complex issue in South Africa. The country has high levels of inequality, and marginalised groups struggle to make themselves heard by those in power. Yet the issue is further complicated by an interacting set of factors, including the legacy of apartheid, gender and religious issues, and the lack of access to those in power.
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