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

Donna Musiyandaka, Gideon Ranga, Jacqueline Fungai Kiwa


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.

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The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441