The Pursuit of Sustainable ICT4D: Lessons from Timor-Leste

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2020-01-07
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Da Silva, Abel
Fernandez, Walter
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Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) initiatives often result in abandonment following a successful technical implementation. This article contributes to the literature on the sustainability of ICT4D projects by proposing a substantive theory of Cultivating Sustainability. A qualitative study, based on three ICT4D implementation cases in a least developed country, served to explore the question of how the sustainability of ICT4D could be enhanced. This paper suggests that sustainability needs to be cultivated proactively and continuously, from project initiation to benefit realization. The article indicates specific strategies that can help least developed countries achieving the long-lasting benefits donors and recipients anticipated.
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Policies and Strategies for Digital Government, case studies, e-government projects, ict4d, sustainable systems
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