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Title: Co-Design for Development: Lessons Learnt from an Information Systems Project in Underserved Communities
Authors: De la Harpe, Aretha 
Korpela, M 
Van Zyl, I 
Keywords: Co-design;User participation;IS for development;Design for development;Underserved communities;Participatory action research
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer
Source: De la Harpe R., Korpela M., Van Zyl I. 2015. Co-Design for Development: Lessons Learnt from an Information Systems Project in Underserved Communities. In: Oinas-Kukkonen H., Iivari N., Kuutti K., Öörni A., Rajanen M. (eds) Nordic Contributions in IS Research. SCIS 2015. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 223. Springer, Cham
Abstract: This paper is a reflection on the lessons learnt during an information systems development for development (ISD4D) project in underserved community contexts. The level of participation of health intermediaries and community members is considered for the design of an mHealth application to facilitate access to relevant health information. The paper highlights two key aspects to be incorporated in the co-design of IS interventions, namely the importance of contextual factors and the dynamic nature of intermediaries’ work and life practices. Lessons learnt are organised according to the following components of an IS for societal development: people, information, technology, practice and purpose, context, and ethics. The key lesson derived is that IS design and development has to consider practices for a purpose. These are influenced by the context of development, the manner in which a community functions, the capabilities of community members, their literacy levels and cultural practices.
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