ICTs, Youths, and the Politics of Participation in Rural Uganda

  • Carol Azungi Dralega
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication book series (PIPC)


This chapter1 explores the participatory ethos and rhetoric around information and communication technology (ICT) access and use among rural youths in Uganda for democracy and development. The main discussions of this study derive from the perception that democracy constitutes an essential part of development and the notion that young people are simply “future potential” and receptacles for learning need to be challenged. Instead, youths should be perceived and treated as active, contemporary, and indiscriminate actors in their own right. The study’s focus on rural youth is not just because they form the majority of the youth population in Uganda (Uganda Bureau of Statistics 2007), but also because they belong to communities that are in the main both geographically and socially peripheral. They live in communities that also happen to be conservative in their attitude toward the introduction and usage of new technologies and are also impoverished, and consequently have limited access to ICT resources.


Participation Politics Civic Engagement Political Engagement Participatory Communication Rural Youth 
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