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In memoriam

The unfortunate news reached us that Dorothy Dittoh passed away on 27 October 2017. In 2015 and 2016 Dorothy participated in our W4RA workshops in Walewale, in our field research in Guabuliga community and in our ICT4D symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D”. Dorothy is a member of the Dittoh family. Her father Prof. Saa Dittoh and […]

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In memoriam

The W4RA team wants to express our sympathy with the family and relatives of Mady Sidibe, who passed away on September 6, 2017. Mady participated in our W4RA workshops in Ségou and Bamako, Mali in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Mady was one of the people who really made clear to us the importance to continue the development of ICTs, […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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Academy Assistants Gossa & Myrthe: fieldwork in Ghana, update 23 March

Gossa and Myrthe, students from VU University Amsterdam are currently in Northern Ghana,  doing fieldwork for the  interdisciplinary ICT4D research project “Knowledge Sharing for the Rural Poor“. For this project they received a grant from the Network Institute, and are supported by W4RA. The University for Development Studies  Ghana – one of the partners of […]