Sub-projects

1. ICT and Participation

The division Media Use Research is currently preparing a comparative study on digital media use in western and at least three African countries, namely Kenya, Ghana and the Gambia. Partners in other sub-Saharan countries are welcome to join the group. The backbone of this research initiative will be quantitative surveys, which will be carried out in cooperation with local partners and complemented by qualitative studies. The study will follow a panel design with several waves and will be ...

2. ICT for Sustainable Development

The aim of the exploratory project “ICT-based local information and communication systems for sustainable development”, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was to explore how information and communication technologies (ICTs) may improve local development projects and enhance their sustainability. By taking the example of an environmental project in The Gambia, the project examined how ICTs could serve to involve citizens in information and participation ...

3. Mobile Phone Use in The Gambia

The study “Determinants of Mobile Phone Use in West Africa. Findings from an Empirical Study in The Gambia” was carried out as a master thesis project by Johanna Hartung with support of our research division. Using data from a survey with about 300 respondents in the West African country of The Gambia, the study by Hartung attempts to provide insight into mobile phone use patterns from a communication science perspective. Based on a combination of theoretical approaches including diffusion ...