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Requirement evaluation sessions with key-users

User involvement is key to building sustainable and useful  ICTs. Of course that principle also  holds for ICTs that have to serve  people in a rural setting in Africa. This is an evaluation session of systems built by students of the ICT4D course 2017 at VU. Two key users in Mali and Burkina Faso are evaluating its usefulness and giving feedback on the requirements.


4th International Symposium ‘Perspectives on ICT4D’ 18 May @VU

On 18 May 2017, the 4th International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT for Development (ICT4D)” will be hosted by 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 “Sustainability and ICT4D”. Invited speakers from Ghana, France and the Netherlands will […]


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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 team visiting farmers-innovators in Gourcy, Burkina Faso

From 20 to 24 June 2016, the W4RA team was in Gourcy, Burkina Faso a facilitated a new ICT4D requirements engineering workshop with farmers-innovators of the Yatenga and Zondoma regions, Burkina Faso. The workshop was organized and hosted by W4RA’s local partner, the NGO Réseau MARP. The workshop was dedicated to the theme of meteorology. Why is meteorology […]


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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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 […]