Category Archives: Participatory Action Research


Radio Interview of W4RA team and Réseau MARP in Réo, Burkina Faso 2022

Radio l’Espoir – la Voix du Sanguié made a reportage about the workshop of VU and Réseau MARP. Interviews were broadcast on the radio disseminating the work of women, producers of *Non-Timber Forest Products*. Non-Timber Forest Products are the local answer to healthy and affordable nutrition in rural regions of the Sahel, to women entrepreneurship and empowerment, and to a cleaner and healthier environment. Moreover, non-timber products are the key to African regreening initiatives, for more trees of farmland, for soil restauration and a for better, healthier and greener environment.

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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 […]


Intervention or Collaboration? Redesigning ICT4D – 15 December 2020 thesis defence at Maastricht University

Thesis defence Anna Bon Maastricht 15 December 2020 – a promotion in Corona times The Pro-Rector, Prof. Dr. Christine Neuhold chairs the public defence, and opens the reunion at 13h. After Anna’s presentation of 15 minutes, the opposition is opened. Prof. Wiebe Bijker, emeritus professor of Technology and Society at Maastricht University. Prof. Dr. Wiebe […]

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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, […]


Supporting the Seed Value Chain in rural Mali

Since 2011 Anna Bon, and other researchers in the W4RA team (VU Network Institute, Computer  Science Department, Centre for International Cooperation, DISE team) have worked with farmer organizations in Mali to help improve the efficiency of the seed value chain, to support local smallholder farmers and contribute to food security in this country. The seed value chain […]

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The Amsterdam Digital Divide team at VU Amsterdam

Digital Divide, Citizenship and Inclusion in Amsterdam

“The Digital Divide is commonly associated with those parts of the world, where access to Internet and Web is poor or lacking. However, even in places such as the city of Amsterdam, where Internet infrastructure and access are commonplace, a Digital Divide exists. A significant part of the population (1 out of 5) is currently […]