Research in progress:
- Hellström, J., & Tedre, M. (forthcoming). Failing forward – mobile services in East Africa.
Uimonen, P., & Hellström, J., (2015). ICT4D Donor Agencies and Networks. In International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society
Hellström, J., & Jacobson, M. (2014). ‘You Can’t Cheat the Community Anymore’ – Using Mobiles to Improve Water Governance. In Niang, I., Scharff, C., (eds.) 2014. Proceedings of 4th International Conference on M4D Mobile Communication for Development.
Hellström, J., & Brooke, B. (2013). Many “likers” do not constitute a crowd: The case of Uganda’s Not In My Country. In Sarajeva, K., (ed) 2013. ICT for Anti-Corruption, Democracy And Education In East Africa. Spider ICT4D Series No. 6. ISBN 978-91-637-4603-1.
Hellström, J., & Jacobson, M. (2013). “Using Information and Communication technology to Improve Water Governance and Cooperation”. In Jägerskog, A., Clausen, T. J., Lexén, K., and Holmgren, T. (eds.) 2013. Cooperation for a Water Wise World – Partnerships for Sustainable Development. Report Nr. 32. SIWI, Stockholm
Hellström, J., & Karefelt, A. (2012). Participation through Mobile Phones – A Study of SMS use during the Ugandan General Elections 2011. In ICTD2012/AMC Proceedings.
Hellström, J., & Karefelt, A. (2012). Mobile Participation? Crowdsourcing during the 2011 Uganda General Elections. In Kumar, V., Svensson, J., (eds.), 2012. Proceedings of M4D2012 28-29 February, 2012, New Delhi, India. 2012. (Best paper award).
Hellström, J. (2011). Mobile Governance: Applications, Challenges and Scaling-up. In Poblet, M., (ed). 2011. Mobile Technologies for Conflict Management: Online Dispute Resolution, Governance, Participation. 159-179. Springer Verlag, the Springer series “Law, Governance and Technology Series”, Vol. 2. ISBN 978-94-007-1383-3. Available from Springer here.
Hellström, J. (2010). Mobile Technology as a means to fight corruption in East Africa. In Increasing Transparency & Fighting Corruption through ICT – Empowering People and Communities. Spider ICT4D Series No. 6.
Hellström, J. (2010). The Innovative Use of Mobile Applications in East Africa. Sida Review 12. This Sida Review report gives an overview of the current state of mobile phone use and services in East Africa. It outlines major trends and main obstacles for increased use as well as key opportunities and potential for scaling-up mobile applications. The report draws on secondary data and statistics as well as field work carried out in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya during 2008 and 2009. The report identifies relevant applications in an East African context for reaching and empowering the poor and contribute to social and economic development. The identified mobile applications, listed in Appendix 2, range from small pilots to scaled-up initiatives – from simple agricultural, market or health information services to fairly advanced financial and government transaction services.
Sept – 09 Field report: Adding a mobile component to the E-Eociety pilot in Kasese? Fort Portal / Kasese 20-21 of September -09. E-Society, a pilot funded by IICD, will use ICT in innovative ways in order to improve civic participation in planning and accountability processes in local governments in Kasese district in the Rwenzori region, Uganda. The purpose of the field trip to Fort Portal and Kasese was to learn more about the pilot and to find out if the project would benefit from adding a mobile component. The project is still in its initial stage.
June -09 Field report: Adding a mobile component to the E-Society project in Apac? Apac 3-5 of June -09. The purpose of the trip was to learn more about E-Society (a project with financial and technical support from Hivos, IICD and SPIDER, run by WOUGNET and I-Network in partnership with local government and civil society organisations in Apac District) and to find out if the project would benefit from adding a mobile component, i.e if a mobile phone application or SMS tool would improve service delivery and community participation in Apac District. The project has now ended.
May -09 Mobile phones for good governance – challenges and way forward This article critically examine some of the challenges as well as the main opportunities for improving good governance through mobile phones and present ideas on how these projects could effectively be scaled-up. Cases and pilots focusing on East Africa (mainly Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda).
Hellström, J. 2009. Mobile Democracy – Challenges and Way Forward. Utsikt mot utveckling 31: Big Brother and Empowered Sisters – The Role of New Communication Technologies in Democratic Processes. 53-68. Rudebeck, L., Hellstrom, J., and Melin, M., (eds.). Uppsala University, Sweden.
2006 World Summit on the Information Society – a Summit of Solutions? (28) Preface and Introduction. Proceedings of two seminars (Uppsala Oct 3, 2005, and Kampala Dec 14, 2005) 2005 ICT – A Tool for Poverty Reduction: Challenge for Development Cooperation (26) Introduction. Proceedings of a conference and workshop in Uppsala, Sep 27 – 28, 2004
Participated in the peer review meeting (Geneva May 2011) for the Information Economy Report 2011: ICTs as an Enabler for Private Sector Development. It demonstrates that the potential of leveraging ICTs “to develop the private sector is far from fully exploited” and that donor and funders fail to see this potential.
Interviewed (Stockholm April 2011): 2011 iheed Institute and Dalberg Global Development Advisors. mHealth Education: Harnessing the Mobile Revolution to Bridge the Health Education & Training Gap in Developing Countries. The report acted as an “anchor” document for sessions on the topic at the GSMA mHealth Alliance mHealth Summit in Cape Town in June 2011 and highlight specific successful examples of mHealth learning applications.
Interviewed (Barcelona, Helsinki and Kampala in 2010): 2011 Master’s Thesis Heli Haapkylä: Review of Benefits of Mobility in the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) Markets
Interviewed (Kampala 2009): 2009 Sida: ICTs_for_Democracy. This report examines the potential of ICTs for advancing democracy and empowerment, with a special focus on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Access to and the strategic use of ICTs have been shown to have the potential to help bring about economic development, poverty reduction, and democratisation – including freedom of speech, the free flow of information and the promotion of human rights. Based on signs of current democracy deficits in the case study countries, it is crucial that ICTs be made central to development cooperation and to approaches to advance democracy in the three countries.