Yearly Archives: 2015


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 […]

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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 […]


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. […]

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Walewale workshop 2015

ICT for Food and Water in Ghana – collaborative research by VUA and UDS

Last week,  a collaborative workshop was organized in Walewale, Ghana – 27 April to 1 May – by VUA’s W4RA team, together with a team of researchers from the University for Development Studies in Ghana. The aim of the workshop is to identify information needs of local farmers, to enhance and support Food and Water Security […]


Second International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” – @VU Amsterdam, 22 May 2015

The VU Network Institute, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems SIKS, the VU Computer Science Department and the International Office at the VU University Amsterdam kindly invite you to attend the Second International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D”. Venue: May 22 2015, 10.00 – 13.00 VU W&N Science Building Tuinzaal (W&N ground floor), […]


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W4RA’s SmartRural presented in India, as part of VU’s research agenda “The Connected World”

Monday, 24 March 2015, Professor Hans Akkermans, founding director of the Network Institute and chair of the W4RA, presented the research agenda of VU University Amsterdam, during an economic mission by the Amsterdam Municipality to India. W4RA’s SmartRural was amongst the highlights of  VU’s research theme The Connected World, which also includes the interdisciplinary Network […]


Academy Assistants Gossa & Myrthe: fieldwork in Ghana, update 23 March

Gossa and Myrthe, students from VU University Amsterdam are currently in Northern Ghana,  doing fieldwork for the  interdisciplinary ICT4D research project “Knowledge Sharing for the Rural Poor“. For this project they received a grant from the Network Institute, and are supported by W4RA. The University for Development Studies  Ghana – one of the partners of […]

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