The world is in my hand now: Smartphones for empowering rural women in developing countries: smartphones for empowering rural women in developing countries

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Smartphones are important for international development in the Global South. This paper explores how access to smartphone technologies promote women's agency for social change in these contexts by creating learning and livelihood opportunities and increasing connection with local market and service providers. The paper presents findings from a project which provided 200 Bangladeshi rural women farmers with smartphone technologies, training and support, and qualitatively investigated their ability to cope with geographic vulnerabilities, challenging market access, and social barriers. Reporting on a subset of these women's experiences, smartphone technologies helped these women gain better access to public agricultural extension and financial services, along with better acceptance from family and society. This, in turn, improved their dignity, confidence and sense of wellbeing. Insights will help ICT4D designers and development practitioners understand the importance of low-cost, bottom-up design inputs and social factors in future projects in similar developing country contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development
EditorsSara Vannini, Syed Ishtiaque
Place of PublicationNew York USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450387620
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies Development 2022 - Seattle, United States of America
Duration: 27 Jun 202229 Jun 2022
Conference number: 12th (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies Development 2022
Abbreviated titleICTD 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • 1: ICT4D
  • 2) Smartphones
  • 3) women's empowrment
  • 4) Global South

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