2nd TMT Workshop in Bamako

From 7-9 May 2016, the second TMT-AOPP workshop was held in Bamako, Mali. This workshop was held in the context of the Tailor Made Training project that VU Amsterdam participates in together with the Malinese farmer organization Association des Organisations Professionnelles Paysannes (AOPP). During the workshop, which was attended by around 25 AOPP members from all over Mali, […]


Dr. Nana Baah Gyan and the Web for Rural Development

On 5 april 2016, Nana Baah Gyan successfully defended his PhD thesis “The Web, Speech Technologies and Rural Development in West Africa, An ICT4D Approach” in front of the reading committee at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Dr. Nana worked as a PhD researcher mostly in the context of the FP-7 VOICES project and was supervised by prof. Hans Akkermans and […]


Prof. Broerse presents Mobile for Mothers

A look back at the 3rd VU ICT4D symposium

On 6 April 2016, the Third International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT for Development (ICT4D)” was hosted by the VU Network Institute, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems SIKS, the Computer Science Department and VU International Office. This year’s theme was “Community Service & Education”. A great team of invited speakers from India, Ghana, South-Africa […]


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The Web, Speech Technologies and Rural Development in West Africa – PhD thesis by Nana Baah Gyan

INFORMATION dissemination in its right format and context, especially in rural Africa, is crucial sometimes even for the survival of market value chains and whole communities. However, many proffered and popular solutions, including the WorldWideWeb (WWW), are often outside the reach of rural dwellers in Africa. Africa’s mobile telephony infrastructure and subscriber base is one […]


3rd International Symposium on ICT4D, 6 April 2016

On 6 April 2016, the Third International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT for Development (ICT4D)” will be hosted by the VU Network Institute, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems SIKS, the Computer Science Department and VU International Office. This year’s theme is “Community Service & Education”. Invited speakers from India, Ghana, South-Africa and […]

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Apps for Food Security in Mali – W4RA and AOPP team up

From 9 to 14 October 2015, W4RA team visited Mali, to kick-start a new research project to support farmers to improve resilience and food security. This project, implemented by W4RA and AOPP, the Malian Association of Professional Farmer Organizations is part of the SmartRural research program in the profiling theme of VU ‘The Connected World”. Information […]


Visiting ICT4D researcher joins W4RA team

Since June 2015  ICT4D researcher Cheah WaiShiang is participating in the W4RA team. Cheah studied computer science in Malaysia and Australia and holds a PhD in software engineering. He was involved as a researcher in several ICT4D projects in rural areas of Sarawak, Malaysia, in the telecenters of Long Lamai and Bario. In Sarawak there are […]

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Second VU ICT4D symposium “Data for Development” a big success

[Repost from Victor’s blog] Today, the second international VU symposium in ICT for Development was held. As last year, the workshop was a great success, with an international host of speakers and a variety of attendees (around 80 people joined). This year’s symposium we looked at the opportunities and challenges for “Data for Development” from many angles. […]