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Researcher Profile: E. S. F. Nyemba

Edina Susan Farai Nyemba

iCOMMS PhD Student | Email: NYMEDI001@myuct.ac.za​

My research interests revolve around Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development, an area I focused on for the Masters’ degree. In the research, I considered challenges developing nations face and the role of policy makers in strategies to make ICTs a means to alleviate challenges that threaten people’s livelihood. The topic addressed the formulation and implementation of Information and Communication Technologies policy in politically-unstable countries. I used the case of Zimbabwe. I presented a paper based on the Masters research to a peer-reviewed conference: Connecting Africa & Asia: ICT Policy Research and Practice for the Global South (CPRAfrica) annual Conference. I also did an investigation on online social networking and the inclusion of the elderly, and published the work as a journal article in the International Journal of Computer Technology and Applications. For PhD, I have considered ICTs in relation to curbing information asymmetries in the delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in rural communities of developing nations.

 


Research

Information Asymmetries and the Potential of ICTs in the WASH Sector: The Case of Zimbabwe

Lack of access to basic WASH services is amongst critical global needs especially in developing nations’ rural areas.  Information asymmetries refer to a situation where rural communities are better-informed of the WASH conditions than solution providers and policy-makers. As a result, solution-providers make wrong investments. There is on-going debate on the transformative role of pervasive communications. Mobile phones as part of ICTs, may be instrumental in the creation of conducive conditions for the rural communities of developing nations and support-institutions to live and work successfully alongside each other to achieve community-centered development. Taking advantage of the pervasiveness of ICTs, communities can unite to form strong neighbourhoods or societies through mobile phones as a means for them to raise their voice and be heard in decision-making both at local and national level. Therefore, the focus of my PhD research is on the potential of mobile phones and other ICTs to increase access to information and communication possibilities, as well as access to new forms of participation and collaboration amongst disadvantaged rural citizens and their support-institutions in the delivery of WASH services.

 


Publications

  1. Edina Susan Farai Nyemba et al. (2011). Golden Baby Boomers’ Perceptions of Online Social Networking Sites. International Journal of Computer Technology and Applications, 2(3), 695-703.

  2. Edina Nyemba, Wallace Chigona; (Poster Presentation) A Habermasian Critical Discourse Analysis of ICT4D Strategies: The Case of Zimbabwe, SAICSIT Annual Research Conference, 3-5 September 2011, Cape Town South Africa.

  3. Edina Susan Farai Nyemba (2012). Analysis of ICT4D Strategies for Developing Nations in Crises, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co KG, ISBN 9783659262272.

  4. Edina Susan Farai Nyemba & Wallace Chigona. (2012). Analysis of   ICT4D Strategies for Developing Nations in Socio-economic and Political Crises: Zimbabwe Case. Research ICT Africa, CPR South7, ICT Policy Research and Practice for the Global South. Connecting Africa and Asia, Port, Louis, Mauritius, 5-7 September 2012.