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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 […]

Living Labs in rural Ghana.

W4RA and University for Development Studies started new collaboration

The W4RA team and researchers from the University for Development Studies in Ghana started a new interdisciplinary collaboration to help improve access to information for farmers in rural communities in Northern Ghana. Rural communities in West Africa are vulnerable to food shortages and low incomes due to climate conditions and economic uncertainty. Unpredictable prices of […]

Academy Assistants

Julie Ferguson presented the interdisciplinary ICT4D research project Knowledge Sharing for the Rural Poor.  This took place at the kick-off of the Network Institute 2014 – Academy Assistants program, at VU IntertainLab. The two selected  Academy Assistants are the students Myrthe van der Wekken (Culture, Organization & Management) and Gossa Lo (Lifestyle Informatics). They will […]

Julie Ferguson presenting new project

Researchers from Amrita and W4RA meet at Intertainlab

A short workshop to exchange ideas about ICT4D took pace at VU, in the IntertainLab, on 24 October 2014. Mrs. Maneesha Ramesh, professor and director of the Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications and Shyam Diwaker, assistant professor and head of the Computational Neuroscience Lab visited VU Amsterdam Network Institute and International Office and […]

Speech technology for African languages: opportunities, challenges and recent progress

Prof. Dr. Etienne Barnard (North-West University, South Africa) gave an invited talk on Fri 09 May 2014, 14.30-15.30h, Intertain Lab Network Institute (WN-S111). Etienne Barnard is a partner in a research collaboration between South-Africa and the Network Institute of VU, specifically the W4RA program (Web Alliance for Regreening in Africa, This invited talk is […]

Workshop with Sahel Eco and partners

“Le web pour reverdir” in Ségou, Mali 1

From 13 to 19 January 2014 the W4RA team met again in Mali and Burkina Faso. This is a continuation of the m-Agro Knowledge Sharing Pilot of the VOICES project (EU-FP7 2011-2013). The field trip was co-organized by VUA, Sahel Eco, and Réseau MARP. Part of the scaling-up strategy of W4RA to support knowledge sharing […]