Open Development: A New Theory for ICT4D

Open development refers to an emerging set of possibilities to catalyze positive change through “open” information-networked activities in international development. While there is evidence to support the observation that these changes could be coming, we are only now beginning to glimpse their potential for developing societies. Consequently, embedded in this theory are a high level research question and hypothesis. The research question asks how these information-networked activities work, in what circumstances, and to whose benefit. The hypothesis states that these new models of networked activities can lead to development outcomes that are both inclusive and transformative.

Matthew L. Smith
Laurent Elder
Heloise Emdon
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