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Intervention or Collaboration ? Rethinking modes of knowledge production in ICT4D

Over the past decades information system developers and knowledge engineers in ICT projects in wealthy regions of the world have come to realize that technical work can only be successful when situated in a broader organizational context. However, for low-resource environments (such as for example rural Africa), where contextual embedding is even more demanding given […]

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Mathieu Ouedraogo wins UNCCD’s 2019 Land for Life Award

19 June 2019 — Mathieu Ouedraogo, president of Réseau MARP, NGO in Burkina Faso and  long-term team member and partner of W4RA and VU Amsterdam, has won the prestigious Land for Life Award, issued by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification   (UNCCD). We congratulate Mathieu with all his achievements, over many decades, to support […]


W4RA broadcast live on Burkina radio

Many farmers in Africa are in urgent need for weather forecasts and  rain data services, to better plan and improve their harvests. However, language and illiteracy issues, as well a total lack of computers, smartphones and internet, pose  obstacles to access this very relevant information. Last week, the W4RA team from VU Amsterdam held a […]

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W4RA organizes Green Climate Fund workshop in Bamako, Mali

Bamako, 15 October 2016 – VU collaborates with Malian farmers towards Regreening to mitigate the effects of climate change and improve food security in rural Mali. On 13 October 2016, the W4RA team organized and co-chaired, a Green Climate Funds workshop together with Malian farmer organization AOPP (l’Association des Organisations professionnelles paysannes). The objective of […]


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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 […]


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), […]


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 […]

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Full video of VU Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” 16 May 2014

On 16 May 2014, a symposium took place at VU University Amsterdam, on ICT4D, the quickly growing field of practice and study how Information and Communication Technologies influence and may contribute to social and economic development in the (developing) world. More than 100 participants attended the symposium. A video was streamed live, during the 6 […]