Community development, well-being and technology: a Kenyan village

Claire Wallace, Leanne Townsend

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


The chapter will look at the experiences of introducing electricity and broadband technology to a Kenyan village as a development project. Community development here includes well-being – in its economic, social and cultural dimensions. We consider how the technology was taken up in the rural village and integrated into daily life including how technology was used and not used. Electricity was used mainly for particular activities to do with leisure and communications, including cultural and social activities, although the enhancement of some local businesses suggested that there would be a greater economic impact further down the line. Broadband, on the other hand, had yet to make an impact. The chapter argues for the understanding of technology and its contribution to well-being outcomes of community development in Africa and not just in the global North.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Research Handbook on Community Development
EditorsRhonda Phillips, Eric Trevan, Patsy Kraeger
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781788118477
ISBN (Print)9781788118460
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2020


Dive into the research topics of 'Community development, well-being and technology: a Kenyan village'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this