E-participation For Increased Citizen Engagement? A Case From Uganda


  • Martin Nilsson Stockholm University
  • Sirkku Männikkö Barbutiu Stockholm University




Implementation of an e-participation system in a low-income region with poor infrastructure, limited access to ICT and low awareness of civic rights and responsibilities, is challenging and requires thorough understanding of the contextual conditions and requirements. Present study provides a qualitative analysis of the implementation phase of an e-participation platform mapping the specific factors that play key roles in defining the access to and the use of the system by the citizens. Social and political context as well as the design and management of the platform are found to be the two crucial dimensions defining successful use of a platform.


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Author Biography

Sirkku Männikkö Barbutiu, Stockholm University

Sirkku Männikkö Barbutiu holds a PhD in Human-Machine-Interaction. She is Associate professor in Information Society at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University. She is director of PhD studies and coordinates the ICT4D research group. She is board member of SPARC (Swedish Participatory Action Research Consortium) and ICEFIL (International Centre of Excellence For Innovative Learning).

Her research interests include ICT for development, technology enhanced learning, social media, ICT in teacher education, digital humanities, digital media ethics, and action research.

Currently, she is involved in research on telecentre development in Sri Lanka, ICT-enabled integration strategies of migrants, and ICT support for disabled women in Europe.



How to Cite

Nilsson, M., & Männikkö Barbutiu, S. (2019). E-participation For Increased Citizen Engagement? A Case From Uganda . JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 11(1), 14-36. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v11i1.542



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