25th NERPS Webinar: Digitally Enabled Social Intermediation: A Research Framework

November 24, 2023 (Friday, 10:30-12:00 JST)

About the Webinar

Research on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), now commonly referred to as digital development, has faced challenges in effectively engaging with marginalized communities at the base of the pyramid (BoP) and aiding practitioners in achieving their developmental goals. Most research conducted in this field fails to address the needs of the “missing” beneficiaries or those who live on the fringes of society. To address these inadequacies, a critical review of the literature and extensive engagement with practitioners from around the world has led to the development of the digitally-enabled-social-intermediation (DESI) framework. This framework offers insights for future researchers to examine how digital technologies can be leveraged to achieve developmental objectives by and for the beneficiaries, enabling the marginalized to access global markets and engage beyond local boundaries. By utilizing the DESI framework, future research can explore relevant theories and develop research questions that focus on the implications of digital development for BoP beneficiaries, leading the field towards a deeper understanding of the needs and challenges of marginalized communities.

About the Speaker

Israr Qureshi is a Professor at the Research School of Management, Australian National University (ANU). He is the Director of ASCEND (Australian Social Cohesion-Exploring New Directions) Grand Challenge Project. He is a member of ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions and an associate editor at Business & Society and Information Systems Journal. He recently concluded his associate editorship at MIS Quarterly. He was a member (Civil Society Group) and observer (Technical Working Group) on the recently concluded Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. His research projects focus on social value creation through alternative organizing, drawing from his extensive pro-bono experience advising social enterprises and ventures. Israr’s work highlights the potential of ICTs for social transformation while emphasizing the need for inclusivity, sustainability, and participatory approaches in ICT4D interventions. He has extensively studied social intermediation and social entrepreneurship initiatives.

About the NERPS Webinar Series

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations. Leading experts will discuss the role of resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, humanitarian aid, and capacity-building, among other components that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainability Development Goals, particularly that of Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Check out our previous webinars here.