Novel Decision Support Tool based on ICT and Social Networks for Sustainable Development

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As part of the shift from society to the community as the object of rule, disembodiment of expertise knowledge especially into ICT tools is crucial in empowering people to manage their lives and adopting a prudent and calculative approach to self-governance and poverty alleviation through being enabled to take appropriate economic, social and political decisions. It is on this basis that new indicators monitored throuch ICT, and based on sources of poverty in our society, need to be developed to help understand poverty from a bottom-up/community-led approach. So as to have a preventive approach rather that a curative approach which has failed in helping poverty alleviation. By monitoring sources of poverty indicators, a community or government can be able tell whether it is on the right track of alleviating poverty or applying appropriate strategies. Therefore, there is need to develop ICT and social networks-based tools such as Community Development Index (CDI) for policy makers and communities to be able to measure their strengths and weaknesses, as well as recognize their opportunities. This paper presents the CDI conceptual framework and aligns it with social networks for maximum application of ICT towards poverty alleviation by developing a novel decision support tool for policy makers and their communities.

Keywords: ICT, CDI, Poverty, Community, Development
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Joseph Muliaro Wafula

Lecturer, Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Nairobi, Kenya

Joseph muliaro Wafula holds a BSc honours of Kenyatta University (Kenya-1993),MSc in Physics of University of Nairobi (Kenya-1997), MPhil. in Microelectronics Engineering and Semiconductor Physics of University of Cambridge (UK-1997) and a Doctor of Philosophy in ICT Policy and Strategies for e-governance and Sustainable Development of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Currently a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Computer Science & Information Technology, JKUAT. Interested and researching on ICT policies and strategies for development.

Prof. Anthony J Rodrigues

Professor, School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya

Anthony J. Rodrigues is Professor of Computer Science at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. Research interests include Scientific Computing, Approximation Theory, Error Analysis and Systems Modelling. He has also been involved in the design and development of sustainable integrated management information systems at various universities and is currently studying the developmental impact of various ICT policies and strategies (or the lack thereof) in the region.

Prof. Nick G Wanjohi

Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor's Office, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Nairobi, Kenya

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