An analysis of factors influencing success of ICT4D projects: a case study of the Schools Computerisation Programme in Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe.

  • Donna Musiyandaka Chinhoyi University of Technology
  • Gideon Ranga Chinhoyi University of Technology
  • Jacqueline Fungai Kiwa Chinhoyi University of Technology
Keywords: ICT4D programmes, success factors

Abstract

A study was carried out to ascertain the reasons for low usage of computers donated through a Schools Computerisation Programme in rural government secondary schools in Mashonaland West Province. Beneficiaries of the programme (i.e. headmasters, teachers, school children, community residents) in three districts were interviewed using semi-structured questionnaires. The most prevalent reasons were low computer literacy, limited access to computers, internet/culture conflicts, no spill-over effects of ICTs to surrounding communities and high-levels of technophobia. We recommend a coordinated multi-dimensional participatory Critical Success Factors Model which can be used for similar ICT4D projects so that programmes realise their originally intended outcomes.

Author Biographies

Donna Musiyandaka, Chinhoyi University of Technology
Donna Musiyandaka is a Lecturer and Chairperson of the Department of ICT and Electronics: School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology. E-mail: dmusiyandaka@cut.ac.zw
Gideon Ranga, Chinhoyi University of Technology
Gideon Ranga is a lecturer in the ICT and Electronics Department: School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. E-mail: rangags@gmail.com.
Jacqueline Fungai Kiwa, Chinhoyi University of Technology

Jacqueline Fungai Kiwa is a recent graduate of the ICT and Electronics Department: School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. E-mail: jacquelinekiwa@gmail.com.

Published
2013-12-05
How to Cite
Musiyandaka, D., Ranga, G., & Kiwa, J. (2013). An analysis of factors influencing success of ICT4D projects: a case study of the Schools Computerisation Programme in Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe. The Journal of Community Informatics, 9(4). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/1016