AJIC Issue 19, 2016

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AJIC Thematic Issue: Knowledge Governance for Development

The articles in this thematic issue of The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) examine elements of knowledge governance -- e.g., knowledge creation, access, use, sharing, transfer, management, appropriation -- in relation to socio-economic development in Africa.


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    (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2016-12-15)
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    Conceptualising Knowledge Governance for Development
    (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2016-12-15) Armstrong, Chris; Schonwetter, Tobias
    Through examining conceptions of the interface between development and knowledge, and conceptions of the notion of knowledge governance, this article provides a conceptual framing for the items published in this AJIC “knowledge governance for development” thematic issue.
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    Utility Model Protection in Kenya: The Case for Substantive Examination
    (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2016-11-15) Rutenberg, Isaac; Makanga, Lillian
    The patent-granting authority of the Kenyan government ceased examining applications for utility model certificates (UMCs) in 2014, after 20 years of examination. This event resulted in an immediate and dramatic increase in the number of granted UMCs. The authors reviewed a selection of UMCs, some of which were granted after substantive examination and some of which were granted without substantive examination. Errors were found in both groups, and the overall quality of granted UMCs declined after cessation of substantive examination. The authors conclude that a return to substantive examination of UMC applications would, on balance, be beneficial to Kenya’s innovative ecosystem, and recommend that such examination be reinstated.
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    Using the Living Lab Approach to Develop and Adapt a Context-Aware ICT4D Solution
    (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2016-12-15) Ntawanga, Felix; Coleman, Alfred
    The rising use of mobile smartphones by people in rural areas of the developing world has resulted in increased deployment of information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) solutions targeted at empowering rural communities to overcome various socio-economic challenges. However, shortfalls in infrastructure, community buy-in, training, and management of ICT interventions are widely cited as impeding user acceptance and sustainability of potentially useful rural ICT4D interventions. This article outlines a deployment of the living lab approach to develop and adapt a mobile, web-based, e-procurement solution for small-scale retailers in Kgautswane, a remote rural area in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. The living lab approach is an open-innovation methodology for development of context-based sustainable ICT4D solutions.