Category Archives: Africa


Eight new SDG-oriented master research projects on ICT4D at VU

The longstanding collaboration between the VU Centre for International Cooperation and the Computer Science Department of VU on the research theme ICT for Development – the Digitizing Society in the Global South, has again led, this year again, to a fruitful result. We can harvest seven interesting theses and one conference paper at the Web […]

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Commercializing regreening in Burkina Faso with women innovators

W4RA’s action research program,  together with Réseau MARP, with support of Nuffic in the Orange Knowledge Program help a workshop from 7 to 11 February 2022 in Réo, Sanguié province, Burkina Faso.  The workshop participants were 18 women, all producers of non-timber forest products. Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are defined as “any good of biological […]

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AI in and for the Global South – master student group projects

The closure of the Global Community Service Learning course “ICT4D in the Field” was an official ceremony in which six student groups presented their projects — in which students from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University for Development Studies (UDS) Ghana, University of Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Spain worked together — on […]


ICT4D in the Field – a truly collaborative online course for students from three continents

7 June 2022 – The field of ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) generally addresses problems of, and solutions for, the “unconnected people in the world”. Currently, this is close to half of the world’s population, the majority of whom live in poor, remote, often rural, regions of the world, often in so-called developing […]


Webinar Artificial Intelligence in and for the Global South – all talks and abstracts

The Open International Webinar Artificial Intelligence in & for the Global South  – What is AI and what can it be used for? took place online, from  02-04 June 2021, with 145 participants from Asia, Africa and Europe, including master students from VU Amsterdam (Netherlands), UDS (Ghana) and UNIMAS (Malaysia) and Aurora European universities. This […]

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Digital Divide, Inclusion and Community Service Learning

Community service learning (CSL) is an educational approach that we have further developed in collaboration with universities and stakeholders in the Global South into a research and education model dubbed: ICT4D 3.0. This model combines problem-solving and situational learning with meaningful service to communities and society. In computer science and artificial intelligence education – traditionally […]


Intervention or Collaboration? Redesigning ICT4D – 15 December 2020 thesis defence at Maastricht University

Thesis defence Anna Bon Maastricht 15 December 2020 – a promotion in Corona times The Pro-Rector, Prof. Dr. Christine Neuhold chairs the public defence, and opens the reunion at 13h. After Anna’s presentation of 15 minutes, the opposition is opened. Prof. Wiebe Bijker, emeritus professor of Technology and Society at Maastricht University. Prof. Dr. Wiebe […]

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Sustainability and Ethics by Design – Interdisciplinary ASI project

“Sustainability assessment and ethical considerations are not commonly included as subtasks in the development of digital systems and services and receive less attention in the design process than business and technical aspects. When developing digital systems/services or platforms for people in resource-constrained environments, it is important to take a wider scope and include more aspects […]