Category Archives: Information and Communication Technologies


2nd TMT Workshop in Bamako

From 7-9 May 2016, the second TMT-AOPP workshop was held in Bamako, Mali. This workshop was held in the context of the Tailor Made Training project that VU Amsterdam participates in together with the Malinese farmer organization Association des Organisations Professionnelles Paysannes (AOPP). During the workshop, which was attended by around 25 AOPP members from all over Mali, […]


The Web, Speech Technologies and Rural Development in West Africa – PhD thesis by Nana Baah Gyan

INFORMATION dissemination in its right format and context, especially in rural Africa, is crucial sometimes even for the survival of market value chains and whole communities. However, many proffered and popular solutions, including the WorldWideWeb (WWW), are often outside the reach of rural dwellers in Africa. Africa’s mobile telephony infrastructure and subscriber base is one […]

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Around 100 people participated in the symposium

3rd International Symposium on ICT4D, 6 April 2016

On 6 April 2016, the Third International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT for Development (ICT4D)” will be hosted by the VU Network Institute, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems SIKS, the Computer Science Department and VU International Office. This year’s theme is “Community Service & Education”. Invited speakers from India, Ghana, South-Africa and […]


Apps for Food Security in Mali – W4RA and AOPP team up

From 9 to 14 October 2015, W4RA team visited Mali, to kick-start a new research project to support farmers to improve resilience and food security. This project, implemented by W4RA and AOPP, the Malian Association of Professional Farmer Organizations is part of the SmartRural research program in the profiling theme of VU ‘The Connected World”. Information […]

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Visiting ICT4D researcher joins W4RA team

Since June 2015  ICT4D researcher Cheah WaiShiang is participating in the W4RA team. Cheah studied computer science in Malaysia and Australia and holds a PhD in software engineering. He was involved as a researcher in several ICT4D projects in rural areas of Sarawak, Malaysia, in the telecenters of Long Lamai and Bario. In Sarawak there are […]


Walewale workshop 2015

ICT for Food and Water in Ghana – collaborative research by VUA and UDS

Last week,  a collaborative workshop was organized in Walewale, Ghana – 27 April to 1 May – by VUA’s W4RA team, together with a team of researchers from the University for Development Studies in Ghana. The aim of the workshop is to identify information needs of local farmers, to enhance and support Food and Water Security […]


Second International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” – @VU Amsterdam, 22 May 2015

The VU Network Institute, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems SIKS, the VU Computer Science Department and the International Office at the VU University Amsterdam kindly invite you to attend the Second International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D”. Venue: May 22 2015, 10.00 – 13.00 VU W&N Science Building Tuinzaal (W&N ground floor), […]


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W4RA’s SmartRural presented in India, as part of VU’s research agenda “The Connected World”

Monday, 24 March 2015, Professor Hans Akkermans, founding director of the Network Institute and chair of the W4RA, presented the research agenda of VU University Amsterdam, during an economic mission by the Amsterdam Municipality to India. W4RA’s SmartRural was amongst the highlights of  VU’s research theme The Connected World, which also includes the interdisciplinary Network […]