Category Archives: Global Challenges


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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 […]


AOPP – VU collaboration Malian to support farmers and the value chain of seeds for malaria treatment

Malaria is a primary cause of morbidity and mortality in West Africa. In Mali, an estimated 7,2 million malaria cases in 2020 and over 19.300 death cases were reported by the WHO, in a population of 20 million. The costs of conventional Malaria drugs, (produced by the pharmaceutical industry) are quite high for many people […]

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Cyber Security in and for the Global South

Cyber Security research and education in the Global South, for example in Indonesia, has many (research) challenges. The legal, political and technological landscape in Indonesia is different from the European. Design of Cyber Security education in Indonesia raises many questions, for example: what are  legal or policy frameworks and technological solutions that can protect citizens […]


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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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Covid-19 related ICT4D master research: m-health-based early detection of infectuous diseases

Siying Zhang’s master research was about how to design a participatory Covid-19 app. The events of this year 2020, have more than ever demonstrated the link between social networks and the spread of infectious diseases. No one can deny that opportunities are offered by the digitized society to prevent and control a contagious virus. However, […]