ICTs and development in developing countries: a systematic review of reviews

Resource type
Journal Article
Authors/contributors
Title
ICTs and development in developing countries: a systematic review of reviews
Abstract
This systematic review of reviews aimed to explore the contribution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development in developing countries. This systematic review of reviews determines and summarizes ICTD research trends, and methodologies and conceptual frameworks used in ICTD research discuss the findings and evidence and then suggest approaches for further research. We reviewed existing systematic reviews published on ICT and development between January 1990 and July 2017. The review of reviews shows that a growing number of ICTD research works have used qualitative research approaches for data collection and analysis. We note several attempts to develop and apply models/frameworks over explanatory and predictive theories, most notably in the area of social, sociotechnical, and technical. Nevertheless, there is limited evidence on the long‐term contribution of ICT use on livelihoods, patterns of economic inequality, human freedom, and well‐being in developing countries. This review of reviews synthesizes existing systematic reviews on the contribution of ICT for development than was previously available for developing countries. This review has the potential for several stakeholders, including the public and private sector, intermediaries, and nonprofit organizations, to utilize the accumulated evidence from selected systematic reviews to enable/improve the appropriate and sustainable use of ICTs for development.
Publication
The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries
Volume
85
Issue
1
Pages
e12060
Date
01/2019
Journal Abbr
E J Info Sys Dev Countries
Language
en
ISSN
16814835
Short Title
ICTs and development in developing countries
Accessed
29/05/2021, 17:17
Library Catalog
DOI.org (Crossref)
Citation
Lwoga, E. T., & Sangeda, R. Z. (2019). ICTs and development in developing countries: a systematic review of reviews. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 85(1), e12060. https://doi.org/10.1002/isd2.12060