Understanding information and communication opportunities and challenges for rural women through the sustainable livelihood framework

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The inclusion of marginalized women remains a challenging issue in ICT-based development interventions. Rural poor, particularly women in Bangladesh, may not realize information-related benefits from digital technologies. This is due to multifaceted challenges such as poverty, inequality, inadequate infrastructure, lack of information and education, and restraining social factors like patriarchy. Using the SLF [5, 10], smartphone applications’ impact on rural Bangladeshi women farmers’ lives was examined in this study. We found that smartphone access acted as a vehicle to improving information access and communication opportunities, reducing rural women’s vulnerabilities, thus improving livelihoods, facilitating better access to agricultural extension services and local markets, and promoting women’s agency [22]. Using the SLF lens, our insight offers designing insight to understand barriers to information and communication opportunities for rural women in developing contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference, iConference 2022 Virtual Event, February 28 – March 4, 2022 Proceedings, Part II
EditorsMalte Smits
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030969608
ISBN (Print)9783030969592
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventiConference 2022 - Online, Switzerland
Duration: 28 Feb 20224 Mar 2022
Conference number: 17th
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-96960-8 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceiConference 2022
Internet address


  • ICT4D
  • Information access
  • Mobile phone
  • SLF
  • Women’s agency

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