Grunfeld, Helena (2011). "Exploring sustainability through innovative farm practices at an ICT4D initiative, iREACH, in Cambodia, from a capability approach perspective" Paper presented at the 8th annual conference of the HDCA, 6-8 September 2011, the Hague, the Netherlands.

Can telecentres get a new lease of life, promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation? Having been widely promoted as an innovative way of bringing information and communication technologies (ICTs) to developing countries since the 1990s, such centres are falling out of favour, with the attention of ICT for development (ICT4D) shifting towards market-led mobile services. From the increasing number of voices proclaiming the demise of the telecentre model, it appears that the discourse has not taken adequate account of other roles played by such centres, whether in fostering education, empowerment, or greater environmental awareness. Through a framework informed by the capability approach, research at a Cambodian telecentre found it had promoted sustainability. The paper suggests that telecentres may hold some promise in this area, and calls for more research on this potential function of such facilities. The outcome of further studies into this aspect may shift the thinking to a more nuanced view on which policy-makers and funding agencies could base informed decisions.