Tofara Rugara, Chenjerai Muwaniki
Abstract: The study set out to investigate the implications of the current explosion in wireless technology on rural development in Mberengwa District. The researchers used a case study research design. A total of twenty four participants took part in the study. Data was collected using key informant interviews with four purposively selected informants and two focus group interviews each with ten conveniently selected members of the community. Thematic analysis was used in analysing the data. Wireless technology has been fairly adopted however with several challenges. The study established that wireless networks present opportunities participation in rural development planning, education. Mobile networks have the potential to increase the participation of women, however challenges of access, infrastructure, cost and technology education slows down progress.
Keywords: Wireless technology, rural development, participation