This paper explores the transformations and continuities of the development landscape through the story of Comproagro, a local initiative created by a rural family in Colombia. By using an ethnographic approach, I learnt about the different realities of this technology -based initiative, and how each one of them speak of new ways of doing development. I found that, in the digital space at the national level, Comproagro is best known for its online plat-form. However, the app reality challenges the notion of ICT4D as a key vector of local development because in ground bases, access and use of information technology is a luxury that only a few can afford. In the material space of Comproagro, the initiative is better known as a social enterprise which promotes women’s employment and fair working conditions for local women in Toca. The app and the social enterprise represent dramatically different mo-dalities of development and constitute the two tails of Comproagro. Finally, I conclude that small initiatives like the one driven by the family in Comproagro challenges the idea of a broken development, to claim that instead it has changed through new actors, sites and relations that shape what I called, the new modalities of development.

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Keywords Colombia, Local Development, Modalities of Development, Family, ICT4D, Digital Divide, Social entrepreneurship, Private Media
Thesis Advisor Huijsmans, Roy
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/2105/46681
Series Social Policy for Development (SPD)
Citation
Buitrago Vidal, Laura Sofía. (2018, December 17). Comproagro: the animal with two tails A case study of a technology - based initiative in Toca, Colombia. Social Policy for Development (SPD). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2105/46681