Researching ICT-based enterprise for women in developing countries: a livelihoods perspective

Researching ICT-based enterprise for women in developing countries: a livelihoods perspective

The Sustainable Livelihoods approach applied to women's participation in ICT

Given the compelling evidence that persistent gender inequalities lead to slow development and impede poverty reduction, this paper argues that there is a clear need to focus on the potential of female-led enterprise. This paper looks at the way in which the sustainable livelihoods (SL) approach can be applied to the development issue of women’s participation in ICT-based enterprise.

A key aim is to utilise the holistic focus of the SL approach and understand how it intersects with macro-meso linkages (i.e. policies, institutional support and processes) in order to develop livelihood outcomes. The challenge is to identify these linkages and support them in the context of improving women’s livelihoods by assessing, fostering and improving sustainable opportunities for their engagement in ICT based enterprise.

The paper begins with an overview of the sustainable livelihoods approach itself, drawn chiefly from UNDP and DFID SL frameworks and then reviews how development can be linked to technology. The authors then draw upon insights from these approaches in order to develop a livelihoods oriented approach to approach gender and ICTs. The authors draw mainly on the UNDP and DFID SL, frameworks, with some adaptation, to outline a draft framework for gender and ICTs. This framework is outlined in the remainder of the report.

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