Evaluating a smartphone phone project in Bangladesh though community monthly meeting reports

Larry Stillman, Fatema Jannat, Tapas Chakraborty, Pinash Akter

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    The use of information technology is burgeoning for information and knowledge, and the practice of agriculture in not just
    developing countries, but the developing world as well. As an example of this, Oxfam and Monash University have been
    implementing an action research project, ‘Participatory Research and Ownership with Technology, Information and Change’ (PROTIC)
    in three fragile ecosystems (coast, sandy river bank and wetland) of Bangladesh. Three hundred female farmers were provided with
    Smartphones with internet facility. Following the philosophy of Participatory Action Research (PAR) developed by Research
    Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB), and an analysis of group meetings held with the community, it is considered that the farmers are the
    social change agents or ‘animators’ in the process of developing transformative leadership for resilience towards the challenges in
    Bangladesh. The result of the activity is that there have been significant changes in farming practices in the project implementation
    areas and the voices of women (called animators in this article) have been reflected in the intervention. There have been changes in
    the development of knowledge and skills by the women with Smartphones and information services, including changes in confidence,
    language, social status and technical skills of the community.
    The paper focuses what has been learned from group meetings held in the project areas as evidence for change. The paper in fact
    contains two perspectives. First, the primary level of research from a practitioner perspective (the Oxfam authors), and second,
    contextual remarks from an academic perspective by the third author. In practice, each has influenced the other’s work considerably
    over 4 years of the 5 -year project (2015-9)
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 16th CIRN Conference 24-26 October 2018, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy
    Subtitle of host publication"Research, Practice and Creative Endeavour That Aim to Shape and Influence Policy and programs".
    EditorsLarry Stillman, Misita Anwar
    Place of PublicationMelbourne VIC AUS
    PublisherCentre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI), Monash University
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9780648518808
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventCommunity Informatics Research Network Conference (CIRN) 2018 - Prato, Italy
    Duration: 24 Oct 201826 Oct 2018
    Conference number: 16th


    ConferenceCommunity Informatics Research Network Conference (CIRN) 2018
    Abbreviated titleCIRN 2018
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    • Development informatics
    • mobile phones

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