Author Archives: André Baart


VU Student blog “ICT4D in the Field”, Sarawak Malaysia

Hi all! We have been here for two weeks now. Our projects concern banana farmers, Gula Apong producers and children of Kampung (village) Pinggan Jaya. To get to know the context, we met banana farmers, the owner of a banana chips factory and children and women that live in Kampung Pinggan Jaya, which is only […]

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A student impression of the ICT4D Symposium

By Judith Schermer, student ICT4D master course @VU 2018 On the 27th of May, the fifth annual symposium on Perspectives on ICT for Development (ICT4D) was held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This essay summarizes the subjects that were discussed and the presentations that were held. ICT4D is aimed at how the benefits of ICT […]


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ICT4D course for master students at VU, 2017

The VU ICT4D course 2017 will make you experience the  “Unconnected World”, or rather: how large populations do not reach the Web. While we spend our lives in the era of live-streaming (twitch), cloud-computing (google drive) and voice-based home assistants (amazon alexa), billions still live without an internet connection and are unable to read and […]


Speech technology for African languages: opportunities, challenges and recent progress

Prof. Dr. Etienne Barnard (North-West University, South Africa) gave an invited talk on Fri 09 May 2014, 14.30-15.30h, Intertain Lab Network Institute (WN-S111). Etienne Barnard is a partner in a research collaboration between South-Africa and the Network Institute of VU, specifically the W4RA program (Web Alliance for Regreening in Africa, www.w4ra.org). This invited talk is […]


W4RA meeting in Burkina Faso

In January 2014 the W4RA team met in Ouagadougou to prepare for activities in Burkina Faso. The local partner here is Réseau MARP, the Burkinabe NGO that supports farmers in their regreening activities. VU Amsterdam through Chris Reij, has collaborated with Réseau MARP since the 1980s. The director of Réseau MARP, Mathieu Ouedraogo was one […]

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