Localize-It: Co-designing a Community-Owned Platform

  • Maria Rosa LoriniEmail author
  • Melissa Densmore
  • David Johnson
  • Senka Hadzic
  • Hafeni Mthoko
  • Ganief Manuel
  • Marius Waries
  • André van Zyl
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 933)


One of the most difficult, yet undocumented, aspects of information and communications technologies and development (ICTD) projects is that of establishing partnerships around which researchers’ interventions will develop, be tested and grow. Constraints on timing and funding usually lead to short-term projects, in which benefits are biased towards researchers rather than the partner community. In order to avoid empty and unethical promises and to increase the potential benefit for the community, we consider the process of developing participatory partnerships in ICTD projects. The objective is to make the project community owned, allowing the participants to develop what they value as important. Using the case of a township-based wireless community content sharing network, we describe the potential and some of the challenges with this approach. The paper highlights building blocks, such as ethical behaviour and trust, to avoid recreating the dichotomy between research and practice, and building a constructive collaboration.


ICTD Partnership Community wireless Ownership 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Ocean View Community RepresentativeCape TownSouth Africa

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