Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development in the Field

Student thesis: Dissertation (TFM)


The use of information and communication technologies, ICTs, is increasing the possibilities to exchange information and communicate in different contexts all over the World. The use of ICTs for development, ICT4D, in order to contribute to the improvement of living standards in developing countries is one of these possibilities. This paper presents a qualitative research based on a case study in Nicaragua, which explores the current situation when it comes to the uses of ICTs and its potential to be used to develop in a sustainable manner. The research framework is based on empowerment theories and the study of the diffusion of innovation and it shows how ICTs are being used in a rural community in Nicaragua to amplify their needs through communication, gaining visibility among other actors, increasing their opportunities and empowering themselves by increasing the awareness of power imbalances and identifying and learning about new possibilities through ICTs. This paper also studies the diffusion of ICTs in the community and deepens the understanding of the role of individuals and other interpersonal factors in the innovations-adoption process.
Date of Award2014
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Uppsala Universitet
SponsorsSpider Grant (Stockholm University)
SupervisorCristian Alarcón Ferrari (Director)


  • Sustainable Development
  • ICT4D
  • Empowerment
  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • Rural communities

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