Category Archives: Data4dev


AI for Sustainable Development: Hybrid Intelligence for Object Detection in Africa’s Drylands

Shuqi Yan did her master research project on an “AI for Sustainable Development in Africa” project. Machine learning for the interpretation of land use and object recognition on satellite images is a technique which is already widely used, given the large availability of open access satellite imaging and the popularity of data science and artificial […]


Siying Zhang and Lisanne van Lent: Network Institute Academy Assistants

The VU’s Network Institute has awarded a research grant to two master students: Siying Zhang and Lisanne van Lent to do an interdisciplinary research on mhealth (mobile health) for the prevention and management of the spread of Dengue virus and other infectuous diseases in Southeast Asia. In this research project the health risks, as well […]

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7th Symposium Perspectives on ICT4D - Artificial Intelligence and Social Development

Postponed due to Corona-crisis: 7th Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” 24 April 2020

“Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Development: can digital technologies support community-based innovations?” Every year the International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D”, held at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, aims to gather a broad community of researchers and practitioners to discuss and reflect on new paradigms of knowledge sharing and knowledge generation, to the benefit of unconnected communities, living in low […]


Don’t miss the 6th International Symposium Perspectives on ICT4D – 23 May

The Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” gathers a broad community of researchers and practitioners to discuss and reflect on barriers and paradigms that can improve information sharing for billions of people in the world. With this event we want to facilitate a reflective debate that should include the people at the “other” side of the digital […]

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AOPP and W4RA’s TMT project on Food Security and Seed Knowledge Systems

AOPP and the W4RA team will continue collaboration on the topic of Food Security in rural Mali, focusing on the information and knowledge sharing, which is necessary to improve value chains for seeds. This project is made possible through a recent grant from Nuffic in the OKP NFP-TMT-RC program,  for which we are very thankful. […]


Talking about “small data”: new student project about meteo data services for African farmers

Despite the fact that more than 70% of Africa’s population depends on agriculture for basic life needs, and in Africa’s drylands rain-fed agriculture is widespread,  reliable meteorological data about rainfall and weather forecasts — in Europe timely and accurate — is often not available for African farmers. Recent studies in rural areas of Burkina Faso and Ghana have […]

Meteo data services in Burkina Faso

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BannaTree, an application to support banana farmers in rural Sarawak

A group of students from VU Amsterdam and UNIMAS, Sarawak, have carried out an ICT4D in the Field project in June 2018. The goal of this project was to build an information system that supports the work of banana contract farmers in rural Sarawak. To do so, the students did a context analysis followed by […]


A low-cost IoT sensor kit to measure surface water quality in rural Africa

Good drinking water is essential for all. However, in e.g. rural Africa the quality of water, for example from wells is not always reliable. Lab water testing and existing tools are expensive and time consuming. Allard Oelen developed a low-cost sensor kit, for the rural context of rural Africa. The IoT sensor measures a number […]


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Regreening the Sahel, shown in 3D and virtual reality

How does regreening work? How do farmers improve their lands? How does zaï work? What is farmer-managed natural regeneration? How do you protect young trees? How do you use rain data to improve plan cropping calendars? How do you sell your products on the local market? A short 3D film by Chris van Aart, Wendelien Tuyp, Julien Ouedraogo, with Kagapesgo – Naaba, Ousseni Kindo, Ousseni Zorome, Yacouba Sawadogo, Groupement Maraichais Minima. This clip will also be available as a virtual reality experience of the Sahel. At the Museon in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Turn the image round, and see the full environment. Innovative farmer Ousseni Kindo from Burkina Faso explains in Moore language  how regreening works!