Building Sustainability in Tanzanian Women’s Micro-enterprises with Information and Communication Technologies

By Norman St. Clair, Annette E. Craven and Dorothy Ettling.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability: Annual Review

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The purpose of this project is to address the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) problem facing women in Bukoba, a rural area of Tanzania, and in doing so, gain valuable information for projects of a larger scale in Tanzania and elsewhere. The goal is to educate rural women on the value and utilization of ICT to strengthen their capacity as micro-business women and agents of change in their communities. Through internet access, the women will be able to avail themselves of health and business information, network among themselves to strengthen their cooperative enterprises, and increase the sustainability of their micro-enterprises.

Keywords: ICT, Micro-enterprise, Tanzania

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, Volume 8, 2012, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 318.724KB).

Dr. Norman St. Clair

Assistant Professor, Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Dr. Norman St. Clair is an Assistant Professor and Director of Education in the Dreeben School of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word. He has extensive experience managing higher education in international environments. His research interests include the sustainable use of technology to build micro-enterprises in foreign markets.

Dr. Annette E. Craven

Professor of Management, HEB School of Business & Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Annette E. Craven, Ph.D. is a Professor of Management at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Her research interests include quality management, continuous improvement, and sustainability. She is President of ACBSP and a current Malcolm Baldrige Senior Examiner (2011).

Dr. Dorothy Ettling

Professor, Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Dr. Ettling is Professor in the Ph.D. program at the University of the Incarnate Word and founder of Women’s Global Connection, a non-profit organization promoting the leadership and learning of women in less advantaged regions and countries of the globe. Her interest is in researching personal, organizational and social change processes and in developing processes that facilitate this change. She has worked in international contexts for over 30 years.