ISD4D: A Holistic Information Systems Development Approach for Societal Development

ISD4D was a research project funded by the Academy of Finland, Development Research, for 2011-2015. The aim of the project was to develop a comprehensive approach (methodology) for the analysis and design of sustainable and scalable socio-technical information systems that promote societal development of local communities in varying developing-country contexts.The resulting holistic information systems development approach for societal development ISD4D approach) was to comprise methodological guidelines in five sub-areas integrated into a holistic one: (1) Context mapping, (2) Community needs analysis, (3) Workflow analysis, (4) Architecture design, (5) Interaction design.The research approach was participatory action research in which Finnish, Mozambican and South African researchers collaborated with local actors to jointly develop the IS development approach. The empirical cases were to be real-life IS development projects in maternity health.

The partner institutions in the project were the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Finland (coordinator),Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa. The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), South Africa, were associated partners. The Principal Investigators were Mikko Korpela (UEF), Retha de la Harpe CPUT) and Gertrudes Macueve (UEM).