Towards low-cost community networks in rural communities : the impact of context using the case study of Beitbridge, Zimbabwe

Show simple item record Gwaka, Leon Tinashe May, Julian Tucker, William 2018-09-12T09:22:01Z 2018-09-12T09:22:01Z 2018-05
dc.description This work was supported by the Makerere University School of Public Health's ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and Partners. The primary data collection was made possible by the generous support of the American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—(project ID AID‐OAA‐A‐13‐00018). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Most rural communities in developing countries such as Zimbabwe are underserved and/or unserved with regard to telecommunication connectivity. Governments in developing countries are also under‐resourced to provide adequate digital infrastructure. Thus, community networks are increasingly seen as viable alternatives to bridge the infrastructure gap in Africa. However, new infrastructure interventions in developing countries face many challenges including complex interventions stemming from complex policies inserted into complex sociopolitical environments. The success of community networks in other African countries prompts this investigation into the potential of transferring the community network approach to Zimbabwe. The objective of this article is to frame how context impacts development of digital infrastructure. Zimbabwe's telecommunication regulatory framework is on the verge of countenancing the development of community networks, and for this reason, there is need for research to inform would‐be investors, policy makers, and other stakeholders such as academia, NGOs, and communities themselves, on how the sociopolitical and economic environment impact these efforts. This is important because successful deployment of a community network may result in improved community development, eg, in food security, health, and education. en_ZA
dc.description.department School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Grant/Award Number: ID AID‐OAA‐A‐13‐00018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Gwaka LT, May J, Tucker W. Towards low‐cost community networks in rural communities: The impact of context using the case study of Beitbridge, Zimbabwe. E J Info Sys Dev Countries. 2018;84:e12029. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1681-4835 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1002/isd2.12029
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Wiley en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. en_ZA
dc.subject Community networks en_ZA
dc.subject Digital infrastructure en_ZA
dc.subject information and communication for development (ICT4D) en_ZA
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.title Towards low-cost community networks in rural communities : the impact of context using the case study of Beitbridge, Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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