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Supporting community needs for rural water management through community-based co-design

Ssozi-Mugarura, Fiona, Edwin Blake and Ulrike Rivett (2016) Supporting community needs for rural water management through community-based co-design. In Proceedings 14th Participatory Design Conference, pages 91-100, Aarhus, Denmark.

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We set out to support three rural communities in Uganda to manage their water supplies using a locally relevant and fit-for-use technological intervention developed with the Community-Based Co-design (CBCD) method. This participatory and inclusive approach allowed us to introduce Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to communities that are untrained and inexperienced in technology design. We describe the intervention and identify research learnings for CBCD. Our design experience with the communities highlights the barriers and enablers of using the CBCD method with rural users. We conclude with reflections on the use of intermediaries and the issue of reciprocity in community-based ICT for development research

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Co-Design, communities, rural water management, ICT intervention, intermediaries, reciprocity
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.m MISCELLANEOUS
ID Code:1123
Deposited By:Ssozi-Mugarura, Fiona
Deposited On:29 November 2016
Alternative Locations:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2940299.2940311