ICT for Development

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Professor Ulrike Rivett

Professor Ulrike RivettInformation Communication Technologies (ICTs) have changed the world and the mobile phone has been the hope for Africa to leapfrog social and economic development. Mobile health, mobile education, mobile government, mobile money – mobile as a Band-Aid to move the continent to a better place. After twenty years of mobile, how much has really changed?

Prof Rivett will reflect on her research over the last 15 years. During this time, she and her team  experienced a paradigm shift from an over-enthusiastic hope that mobile phone infrastructure would  facilitate improved service delivery to the poorest communities, to a vision where change can be  found when people experiencing the problem create solutions – with or without technology.

Date: 4 October 2017
Time: Doors open at 17:00. Lecture starts promptly at 17:30
Venue: Snape Building, TS2B, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

Ulrike Rivett leads the iCOMMS research team in the Department of Information Systems in the Faculty of Commerce. Their work concentrates on understanding the use, application, and impact of ICTs in developing countries. By connecting theoretical knowledge with everyday challenges, her contribution has been one of shifting the developmental agenda of ICTs from a technology driven approach to a societal one. Basic service delivery to under-resourced communities remains a core focus of her work, and she continues to challenge  the notion of “ICT for development”. Ulrike credits her learning over the past decade to the creativity, enthusiasm, intelligence and enquiring minds of her students. To find out more about iCOMMS research and her work, publications and awards, visit www.icomms.uct.ac.za.

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