Alemayehu Molla

Alemayehu Molla
RMIT University | RMIT · School of Business IT and Logistics

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August 2005 - present
RMIT University
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  • Deputy Head of School (Research and Innovation)

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Publications (116)
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Notwithstanding appliance energy efficiency and advances in Smart Home Technologies (SHT), residential energy consumption is still on the rise. Residential Energy Management Information Systems (REMIS) that enable users to monitor, analyze, and benchmark energy use and consumption can contribute to energy savings and mitigate unnecessary consumptio...
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This research investigates how FinTech start-ups, which refer to organisations that offer novel "financial services or products that are delivered via technologies", develop capabilities for innovation, survival and scaling. The study draws from the dynamic capabilities theory to investigate how Fintech start-ups not only spur innovations in produc...
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This study examines the intention of environmentally-oriented social enterprises to continue using Green IS (an eco-localization website here) in Herefordshire located in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. The Herefordshire Greenlinks (HGL) Association is a local business community that operates primarily through the HGL Website in ord...
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The emergence of FinTech companies has drawn much speculation about their potential to disrupt incumbent financial institutions and take as much as 20% of their earnings by 2020. While time will tell about these predications, one emerging reality is that FinTech is creating a new ecosystem where the structure has incumbents, start-ups and tech firm...
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Organizations increasingly recognize that environmental sustainability is an urgent problem. Green information systems (Green IS) initiatives can assist organizations in reaching their environmental goals by providing the ability to reduce the environmental impacts of information technology (IT) manufacturing, operations and disposal; facilitate tr...
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This study examines the intention of environmentally-oriented social enterprises to continue using Green IS (an eco-localization website here) in Herefordshire located in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. The Herefordshire Greenlinks (HGL) Association is a local business community that operates primarily through the HGL Website in ord...
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Environmental enterprise systems (EES) are integrated software services that offer a platform to automate and manage environmental sustainability processes, data, risk and reporting. EES are widely used in organisations, but their benefits depend on nurturing value creating mechanisms and pathways. Since the organisational value of EES has not been...
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Digital currency (DC) is gaining public and research attention as an alternative paradigm of currency, its value, and exchange. Because of the growing DC research in the Information Systems (IS) domain, it is necessary to appraise existing DC research coverage and identify areas for future exploration. This article offers an up to date review of IS...
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This editorial contends that too few Information Systems (IS) academics are engaged in impactful research that offers solutions to global warming, in spite of the widespread consensus that climate change is the most critical challenge facing this generation. Climate change is a major threat to global sustainability in the 21st century. Unfortunatel...
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We contend that too few information systems (IS) academics engage in impactful research that offers solutions to global warming despite the fact that climate change is one of the most critical challenges facing this generation. Climate change is a major threat to global sustainability in the 21st century. Unfortunately, from submissions of our call...
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Digital disruption introduces technology-enabled changes at a pace and scale that fundamentally shifts established ways in which we live and work. Given the impact of digital disruption can span the individual, organisational, industry and societal levels, it has received growing attention in Information Systems. A less researched area of digital d...
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The potential of information systems (IS) to enable environmental sustainability necessitates an understanding of how organisations can realise this potential. In this study, building on the absorptive capacity theory and following a multi-disciplinary and multi-method approach, we propose that developing IS-environmental absorptive capacity is a s...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze the beliefs and attitudinal factors that affect the private sphere pro-environmental behavior of information technology (IT) professionals in using personal computers. Design/methodology/approach – A research framework that draws from the belief-action-outcome (BAO) framework and that consisted of...
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The first wave of research in Green IT has often focused on organisational adoption. As Green IT matures in organisations it is important to look beyond adoption and to investigate the assimilation of Green IT. To this end we draw from and compare two theories - contextual theory and absorptive capacity - and investigate which of the two theories b...
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Data centres are the backbone of the digital economy and the widespread adoption of cloud services, business analytics and big data will continue to accelerate their demand. Because data centres consume a significant amount of energy, research efforts are needed to identify what facilitates actions to implement practices and technologies to either...
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IT firms vary in their performance to improve the environmental sustainability of their own operations and in their ability to provide products and solutions that enable and transform the environmental sustainability of other industries. In the parlance of the balanced scorecard, performance has two dimensions, that is, “drivers” and “outcomes”. Th...
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Based on a Belief-Action-Outcome framework, we produced a model that shows senior managers’ perception of both the antecedents to and the consequences of Green IS adoption by a firm. This conceptual model and its associated hypotheses were empirically tested using a dataset generated from a survey of 405 organizations. The results suggest that coer...
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This study investigates the role of absorptive capacity in implementing green logistics practices and the impact of the implementation on green logistics performance (GLP). Data were collected from a survey of 279 Australian Logistics and Transport operators and analysed using structural equation modelling. The findings indicate that enhancing gree...
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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to define the skills, systems, and technologies developed post-business process reengineering (BPR), which the authors refer to as BPR Complementary Competences (BPRCC), and develop and validate a model to evaluate the BPRCC of public sector organizations in developing economies. Design/methodology/approach ‐...
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Governments in various developing economies are deriving significant value by redesigning their service-delivery and administrative processes using IT. The authors discuss how Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya are exploiting IT to redesign their government processes.
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Based on a Belief-Action-Outcome framework, we produced a model that shows senior managers’ perception of both the antecedents to and the consequences of Green IS adoption by a firm. This conceptual model and its associated hypotheses were empirically tested using a dataset generated from a survey of 405 organizations. The results suggest that coer...
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This paper is concerned with studying the antecedents to and the assimilation of sensor information systems (SIS) in Data Centers. Using the Technology Organization and Environment Framework as a guide and drawing from the Natural resource based view and Diffusion of Innovation theories and five case studies, the paper builds a theoretical framewor...
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As Green IT is a relatively new area in Information Systems research, the first wave of research has often focused on organisations’ adoption of Green IT. In this study, we look beyond the initial adoption and investigate the assimilation of Green IT by organisations. We draw from and compare two theories – contextual theory and absorptive capacity...
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This paper identifies factors affecting the assimilation of electronic commerce in Ghana and the solutions that Ghanaian firms have developed. Drawing from the elements of two electronic commerce readiness frameworks, the study analyzes the readiness of Ghana to support the conduct of electronic commerce at the firm-level. The study covers the gove...
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This paper explores the e-readiness of firms in the Australian horticulture supply chain. The paper draws from the perceived e-readiness model (PERM) and relies on data collected from a survey of firms in the horticulture sector in Australia. The results indicate that while horticulture firms demonstrate relative organizational preparation for the...
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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to explore what information systems are used within the data center industry and to develop a data center information systems classification framework for facilitating the investigation of the dimensions, operational characteristics, and value attributes of the data center information systems. Design/methodolo...
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The demand for and on data centres continue to pose several power, cooling, and performance constraints associated with operational, economic and environmental and inefficiency. Sensor information systems (SIS) is one of the best practises for addressing these constraints. This study investigates the assimilation of SIS in data centres. Based on th...
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This chapter presents a green IT readiness, G-readiness, framework, to display the input, transformational and output capabilities in Greening IT. The chapter defines the nomological structure of the framework and offers a series of propositions linking the G-readiness dimensions. It also shows the utility of the framework by drawing from data coll...
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This paper investigates the influence of organizational eco-sustainability motivations on the adoption of Green Information Technology (IT) and IT for Green. Drawing from the motivational theory and using data collected from a survey of 176 organizations, the paper develops and tests four hypotheses. The result shows that eco-efficiency and ecoeffe...
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Over recent decades a significant part of research in organisational sociology has focused on how new organisational forms evolve. As an influencing variable ICT has been one of the important variables in the transformation process toward new forms of organisation. However, cumulative results from the previous studies that examined the relationship...
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The impact of enterprise systems (ES) on organizational agility (OA) is an under-researched area. Given that most organizations are heavily investing on ES infrastructure and the increasing demand for agility, the lack of research on ES and OA is a critical oversight. This article reviews previous literature on information systems in general and ES...
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Previous studies on residential energy end use behavior reported significant reduction in energy end use of 7% to 24% when feedback is used to modify behavior in an energy efficient manner. However, most feedback systems investigated in previous studies have not benefited from advanced information systems (IS). IS can shape energy efficiency behavi...
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In the turbulent and highly competitive environment, organizational agility (OA that is the ability of organizations to quickly sense and respond to environmental changes, is an important determinant of organization success. Pervasiveness of enterprise system (ES) implementation (e.g. CRM, ERP, SCM, etc.) which aims to integrate information resourc...
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Amidst increasing pressure for organisations to be environmentally responsible, IT organisations increasingly need to develop their Green IT capability to minimise the adverse impacts of information technology on the environment. This research adopts the theory of absorptive capacity - a dynamic capability that represents the ability of the IT orga...
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This paper discusses the emergence and the recurrent use of Green IS practice in organisations. The theoretical construct of "field" adopted from Bourdieu's theory of practice is used in explaining the Green IS practice phenomenon in a case organisation called Acadia. In particular, the study investigates the relationships between local actions inc...
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Key Points • Presents a green IT readiness, or G-readiness, framework, to display the input, trans-formational and output capabilities in greening IT. • Defines the nomological structure of the framework and offers a series of propositions linking the G-readiness dimensions. • Offers mechanisms to explain the organizational capability in sustainabl...
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Despite differences between public and private sectors, business process reengineering (BPR) principles have been widely used in reengineering government processes. This has led to a growing body of literature on government process reengineering (GPR). This chapter presents synthesis and analysis of the literature on government process reengineerin...
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Since the publication of the seminal article 'Management in the 1980s' (Leavitt and Whisler, 1958), the relationship between Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and organizations has been one of the most challenging issues for management scholars and researchers. Despite a long tradition of research that has been looking into the relati...
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Since the publication of the seminal article ‘Management in the 1980s’ (Leavitt and Whisler, 1958), the relationship between Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and organizations has been one of the most challenging issues for management scholars and researchers. Despite a long tradition of research that has been looking into the relati...
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The realization that legacy information technology (IT) systems have environmental footprint has elevated the sustainability of IT (Green IT) as a significant IT management issue. However, there is a lack of empirical research to explain Green IT capabilities of organizations and the maturity of those capabilities. This article reports a Green IT R...
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This paper explores the e-readiness of firms in the Australian horticulture supply chain. The paper draws from the perceived e-readiness model (PERM) and relies on data collected from a survey of firms in the horticulture sector in Australia. The results indicate that while horticulture firms demonstrate relative organizational preparation for the...
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This paper identifies factors affecting the assimilation of electronic commerce in Ghana and the solutions that Ghanaian firms have developed. Drawing from the elements of two electronic commerce readiness frameworks, the study analyzes the readiness of Ghana to support the conduct of electronic commerce at the firm-level. The study covers the gove...
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Information technology (IT) can play a key role as a necessary, but not sufficient, source of value. Contemporary research on the strategic role of IT is more and more taking the increasing dynamic and volatile business environment with its increasing intensity of market competition, demand for shortening time to market and pressure of first mover...
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Although there is need for information systems (IS) empirical research that study the factors influencing the adoption of green technologies, most, if not all, of the published IS research on either Green IT or Green IS are characterized by a call for action to the IS community and a definition of the Green IS research and teaching agenda. This pap...
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Public sector organizations in developing economies are increasingly turning to BPR to reform function-based bureaucratic systems with customer-oriented process based systems. The value of BPR, however, relies not only on process changes introduced by BPR, but also on the skills, systems, and technologies developed and deployed post-BPR. In this st...
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Information systems are widely used in data centres for a variety of reasons. There is, however, limited literature on the role of information systems for automating data centres. In particular, there is a lack of research on the matter of definition and description as well as the data centre processes that information systems support. Furthermore,...
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The demand for and on data centres continue to pose several power, cooling, and performance constraints associated with environmental and economic inefficiency. Sensor Information Systems (SIS) is one of the best practices for addressing these constraints. This study investigates the assimilation of SIS in data centres. Based on the empirical data...
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Despite differences between public and private sectors, business process reengineering (BPR) principles have been widely used in reengineering government processes. This has led to a growing body of literature on government process reengineering (GPR). This chapter presents synthesis and analysis of the literature on government process reengineerin...
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This paper is concerned with understanding how Green Information Systems ("Green IS") are initiated and used in organisations. We argue that Green IS can be studied from a practice perspective and draw from Bourdieu's Theory of Practice. Data is collected from a case study of an Asian telecommunications organisation focusing on two Green IS practic...
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Data centre energy consumption is expected to increase organisational costs and CO2 emissions. Greening data centres can decrease these negative impacts. As a result, examining the antecedents to approaches for greening data centres in order to facilitate their widespread adoption is critical. This study aims to identify the antecedents to the adop...
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Businesses are under increasing pressure from customers, competitors, regulators and community groups to implement sustainable business practices. Balancing economic and environmental performance to be green and competitive is therefore a key strategic issue. The information technology (IT) sector is one of the pioneer sectors which started working...
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Increasing an organization’s ability to Green their Information Technology (IT) requires change in the IT organization. Organizational learning is critical for the IT organization to change in a way that environmental sustainability issues are embedded in the practice of IT people and management and in the creation, use and disposal of hard and sof...
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In the research on the intersection of information systems (IS) and eco-sustainability, various terms such as Green IT, Green ICT, Green IT/IS, Green IS and Sustainable IS are used. These conundrums of terms can lead to ambiguity and confusion in the theory and practice of Green IS. What constitutes the "Greenness" in a Green IS and its loci are la...
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Electronic Commerce is touted as a panacea for business growth and expansion in relation to both small and large firms irrespective of their geographical locations. Past research in the area shows that there is an acute lack of theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence to understand how developing country firms realise e-commerce benefits amids...
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This study explores antecedents to sector based e-business use. Sectoral e-business studies are valuable to understand the absorption of e-business in different economic sectors, the specific challenges of using e-business across different sectors and the potential of different sectors to integrate into the global digital value chain. Drawing from...
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The impact of enterprise systems (ES) on organisational agility (OA) is an under-researched area. Given the trends that most large organisations are moving towards ES and investing heavily on ES infrastructure and the increasing demand for agility, lack of research on ES and OA is a critical oversight. Using insights from the resource based view an...
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Green Information Technology (IT) is emerging as an increasingly important issue as organizations come under pressure to address environmental sustainability concerns. Despite increased attention from business, government and more recently, Information Systems (IS) researchers, a measure to determine the capability of organizations to Green their I...
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The aim of this paper is to understand the extent of e-business utilisation in the horticulture supply chain, an area where there is little research coverage. To achieve this, we assess the current and planned adoption of e-business technologies and functions. Data were collected through a survey of Australian horticulture growers, service provider...
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This paper provides a preliminary insight into the status of the diffusion and maturity of 'Green IT' as well as some of the driving and inhibiting factors that influence it. The paper is largely descriptive and is based on a survey of 143 organisations from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Overall, the findings indicate that organisations are d...
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Billions of US dollars are invested each year by the public, NGO and private sectors in information-and-communication-technologies-for-development (ICT4D) projects such as telecentres, village phone schemes, e-health and e-education projects, e-government kiosks, etc. Yet we have very little sense of the effect of that investment. Put simply, ther...
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As Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and social enterprises become drivers of economic growth, the nexus provides opportunities for new models of business to bring benefits to communities in developing countries. Recognising the complex dynamics and range of actors in this diverse and emerging sector, this study chooses to document the...
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This paper provides a preliminary insight on the status of the diffusion and maturity of “Green IT” as well as some of the driving and inhibiting factors that influence it. The report is largely descriptive and is based on a survey of 143 organisations from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Overall, the findings indicate that organisations are d...
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The environmental impact of information and communications technologies (ICT) might be a two way street. On the one hand, each stage of the ICT lifecycle has a potential to contribute to the damage of the environment. On the other hand, ICT can provide some of the best tools not only in measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, waste and wa...
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Traditionally, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure decisions are made based on technical, organisational and economic grounds. Although new developments in the area of the impact of human activities on the planet have brought environmental concerns to the attention of ICT decision makers, it is not known to what extent env...
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The pairing of Information Technology (IT) and the environment, under the headline of Green IT, has given rise to a near-endemic concern on how Green ITs themselves are and on how IT can enable a business's Green strategy. However, Green IT is neither a well defined concept, nor a single innovation, nor a uniformly accepted set of practice. This am...
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Green information technology (IT) has been increasingly becoming a strategic consideration for developing sustainable business practices through balancing economic and environmental performance of an organization. To help individual organizations better pursue green IT, this paper presents a fuzzy logic based decision model for evaluating the green...
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This paper provides a preliminary analysis on Green IT awareness among Australian IT professionals based on a survey of 322 members of The Australian Computer Society. Overall, the study indicates that there is a discrepancy between IT professionals' awareness and concern for Green IT and the actions that they and their organisations have actually...
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Previous research on the factors that influence a business's participation in third-party e-markets identified a set of motivational and ability related factors. This paper explores further the question of the determinants of third-party e-market participation using a multiple case study research design. Data were collected from three companies in...
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Businesses are under increasing pressure from competitors, regulators and community groups to implement sustainable business practices. Balancing economic and environmental performance to be green and competitive is therefore a key strategic issue. The increased discussion on green information technology (IT) has sparked the interest of this resear...
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We undertook a review and classification of research on electronic commerce (e-commerce) in developing countries. We analyzed 181 articles published in a broad range of journals covering e-commerce, global information technology, and development issues. The analysis provides a roadmap that not only indicates the current state of e-commerce for deve...
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Purpose – E-commerce is diffusing into developing countries (DCs), and is assumed to help deliver the international development agenda. But how can the connection betwe