Apprise at the 2019 Development Studies Association conference

From the 19th to the 21st June 2019, UNU-CS Research Assistant Francisca Sassetti represented the Apprise project team at the 2019 Development Studies Association (DSA) conference, the largest conference in the world for academics researching development issues. It was hosted by the Open University in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

UNU-CS research team represented the paper “Building Apprise: inclusive innovation for enhancing the critical agency of vulnerable populations”, co-authored by the Principal Research Fellow Dr Hannah Thinyane, and Research Assistant Francisca Sassetti. Using an inclusive innovation framework, the paper presents the lessons of a three-year multi-stakeholder project in Thailand, and the development of Apprise, a proactive and robust tool for screening vulnerable populations such as migrant workers and identifying potential victims of human trafficking and forced labour. Based on the understanding of technology as amplifier of institutional and human intent and capacity, we argue that, through higher levels of inclusive innovation, it's possible to uncover more of stakeholders and participants' underlying motivations and tensions for using digital technology.

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