Technologies for Freedom: collective agency-oriented technology for development processes.

Fernández-Baldor, Alvaro , Andres Hueso , and Alejandra Boni (2009). "Technologies for Freedom: collective agency-oriented technology for development processes." Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

In this work we re-examine the conceptualization of technology throughout the lens of the Capability Approach. This approach centres attention on the people’s capabilities or real possibilities of leading a life that they have reason to value and focuses primarily on the process instead of stressing the results and products of the interventions This approach allows expanding the conceptualization of technology towards a new definition that incorporates, from conceptualization to implementation, an intention to promote human development. In the paper we introduce Technologies for Freedom (T4F) as the technological processes, driven by the community, in order to generate real social transformation. After that, we point out some features of T4F community development projects. Finally, we present two different case studies of technology-oriented development aid projects implemented in rural areas of Guatemala and Bolivia, where effects and results are examined taking into consideration the T4F characteristics.
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