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Collaborating with communities in Africa: a hitchhikers guide

Peters, Anicia N., Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Kagonya Awori, Nicola J. Bidwell, Edwin H. Blake, Arun Kumar and Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria (2014) Collaborating with communities in Africa: a hitchhikers guide. In Proceedings CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 1969-1974, Toronto, Canada.

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Designing, developing and deploying technologies with local African communities involves a rapport and trust beyond predefined and agreed upon project goals. Pur-suing an agenda for community-driven development involves prioritizing and recognizing the role of community members as co-designers and co-researchers. Constraints on time, resources and differing protocols often hinder effective and sustainable collaboration with local African communities. This paper presents discussions started at an international workshop and panel about the key factors in building local community collaboration in Africa, as part of an accruing repository of empirically-grounded advice from local researchers, community members and designers with extensive community collaboration experience.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:africa, co-design, community collaboration, community development, developing countries, hci4d
Subjects:J Computer Applications: J.0 GENERAL
ID Code:992
Deposited By:Blake, Edwin H
Deposited On:19 November 2014
Alternative Locations:http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2559206.2581313