Expert Workshop on the CA & ICT4D

Expert Workshop on
ICT for Development & the Capability Approach

Monday September 5th, 3-5pm
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Supported by the HDCA Technology & Design Thematic Group

An impression of the workshop:



The capabilities approach has been increasingly applied in the field of ICT4D. This workshop acknowledges this growing interest and brings together key experts who have published in this area with practitioners who are trying to apply the approach in their work. The aim is to

  1. identify what has been achieved, in research and practice, on this conceptual and methodological frontier
  2. reflect on the ongoing challenges and questions which remain to be addressed.


  • Introduction by organizing committee (5 minutes)
  • Quick introductions of all participants (20 min.)
  • Introduction discussion topics by 3 practitioners and 3 academics (30 min.) – see below
  • Group conversations in 6 groups on topics (30 min.)
  • Short reports and plenary discussion (30 min.)
  • Drinks and informal discussions


  • Ineke Buskens (GRACE network): Critical Voice, adjusted preferences and the CA
  • David Grimshaw (Practical Action): Can the capabilities approach help us frame technology injustice?
  • Saskia Harmsen (IICD): Facilitating Sector Change through Expanding Individual Capabilities: Changing Contexts
  • Justine Johnstone (University of Sussex): Motivating CA in ICT4D research – good for what and for whom?
  • Dorothea Kleine (ICT4D Royal Holloway): Operationalising expression of collective choice
  • Yingqin Zheng (De Montfort University): Technology, well-being and agency


Raamweg 5
2596 HL The Hague

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  • {encode=”” title=”Dorothea Kleine”}, Royal Holloway / University of London, UK
  • Saskia Harmsen, IICD, The Netherlands
  • Ilse Oosterlaken, TU Delft / 3TU.Ethics, The Netherlands