A Conceptual Framework of ICT4D Champion Origins

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Where do ICT4D champions come from? The paper explores this question because, as is demonstrated from literature, knowledge and understanding about the origins of champions are insufficient, yet these individuals are known for their decisive contributions to ICT4D initiatives. An empirical exploration of the origins of three ICT4D champions is reported. Following an inductive methodology, the paper proposes an ICT4D Champion Origin Conceptual Framework; it demonstrates that this model both synthesises and extends existing understanding about champion origins thereby contributing to the identified knowledge gap. The model is significant because it lays the foundation for future ICT4D champion research and suggests to practitioners that champions can be identified, developed and deployed in ICT4D initiatives thereby harnessing the potential positive contributions these individuals can make to digital development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-59111-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-59110-0
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2017


  • ICT4D champions
  • Champion origin
  • Champion genesis
  • Champion identification
  • Champion development
  • Champion deployment
  • ICT4D Champion Origin Conceptual Framework

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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