Category Archives: ICT4D research


Local currency networks in rural communities in Africa: a feasibility study of block chain

Blockchain technologies have received much interest the past few years, as an innovative way of ICT-based commerce. Its decentralized nature, the lack of a “middleman”, or central bank are interesting features. But is this technoology also promising for low resource environment, e.g. rural Mali? Can blockchain for example provide a new payment channel as an […]

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Student project: Virtual Agents to Close the Digital Gap

In our modern society the increasing digitization of so many aspects of life holds a risk of social exclusion of various groups. People who find difficulties in accessing online information and navigating the Web are heavily disadvantaged, when information from the government, taxes, health services, legal information etc. is increasingly reachable as digital service only. […]


Tracking deforestation in West Africa: new student project

The tree loss is a severe problem affecting rural communities in West Africa’s drylands. Trees here have a positive influence on local soil conditions, biodiversity richness, water tables, food for fodder, and provide agricultural value to the people due to harvest of tree products. Unfortunately, trees are still being cut, often by people from outside […]

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Appong: an application to help Gula Apong producers in Sarawak

Appong is the name of an application that helps increase sales of Gula Apong, a traditional sugar product, produced by smallholder farmers in Sarawak, Malaysia. The application was designed and built by a mixed team of master students from VU Amsterdam and UNIMAS: Giorgi, Judith, Kuan and Chris, in the framework of an educational ICT4D […]


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 […]


Final conference ICT4D in the Field – collaborative course by VU and UNIMAS

Samarahan, 2 July 2018 “It is a great pleasure to present to you the work of our VU and UNIMAS student group, who worked the past month of June very hard to build ICT solutions to serve local communities in Sarawak, Malaysia, in a practically oriented course that we have given the name ICT4D in […]


Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” now published at http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2120/

Co-located with 10th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci’18)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 27, 2018.

Edited by

Anna Bon *
Victor de Boer *
Christophe Guéret **
Gayo Diallo ***
Jaap Gordijn **

* Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
** Accenture Labs, Dublin, Ireland,
*** Université de Bordeaux, France,


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André Baart wins High Potential Award in Amsterdam Innovation Contest

Amsterdam, 19 June 2018  – The Kasadaka “talking box” platform, the winning concept, is a platform to develop voice-based technologies for  those who are not connected to the Internet, cannot not read and write, and speak underresourced languages. Kasadaka has been developed to allow development of specific, context-sensitive content, in a collaborative way, in the […]


First field day “ICT4D in the field” course VU – UNIMAS to Asajaya, Sarawak, Malaysia

Saturday 9th June 2018, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak The ICT4D team currently at UNIMAS, conducted a field trip to Asajaya, a 1 hour 30 minute drive from UNIMAS to conduct interview session and requirement analysis on the challenges faced by the local farmers in this area. The 11 postgraduate students and 2 lecturers from VU, accompanied […]

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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 […]