Category Archives: User-centred design


Sustainability and Ethics by Design – Interdisciplinary ASI project

“Sustainability assessment and ethical considerations are not commonly included as subtasks in the development of digital systems and services and receive less attention in the design process than business and technical aspects. When developing digital systems/services or platforms for people in resource-constrained environments, it is important to take a wider scope and include more aspects […]

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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, […]


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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Tackling Global Challenges Collaboratively: theme of the 6th International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D”

Amsterdam 23 May 2019 – The annual symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D”, organized by Victor de Boer and Anna Bon, was focused this year on transdisciplinarity — collaboration between academics and non-academics — in search of solutions for the Global Challenges of our Age. The theme was reflected in the talks by the speakers: André Baart, from […]


Student projects: Digital Divide and Social Inclusion of Homeless People

In the framework  of the W4RA research program to tackle Global Challenges and bridge the Digital Divide,  five students Information Science set out to map the contours of digital exclusion within our own urban, wealthy, and highly connected context. Carlbandro Edoga and  Marc Hegeman examined the obstacles homeless people face in urban areas of the […]

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Student project: Virtual Agents to Close the Digital Gap

In our modern society the increasing digitization of so many aspects of life holds a risk of social exclusion of various groups. People who find difficulties in accessing online information and navigating the Web are heavily disadvantaged, when information from the government, taxes, health services, legal information etc. is increasingly reachable as digital service only. […]


Talking about “small data”: new student project about meteo data services for African farmers

Despite the fact that more than 70% of Africa’s population depends on agriculture for basic life needs, and in Africa’s drylands rain-fed agriculture is widespread,  reliable meteorological data about rainfall and weather forecasts — in Europe timely and accurate — is often not available for African farmers. Recent studies in rural areas of Burkina Faso and Ghana have […]

Meteo data services in Burkina Faso

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BannaTree, an application to support banana farmers in rural Sarawak

A group of students from VU Amsterdam and UNIMAS, Sarawak, have carried out an ICT4D in the Field project in June 2018. The goal of this project was to build an information system that supports the work of banana contract farmers in rural Sarawak. To do so, the students did a context analysis followed by […]


Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” now published at http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2120/

Co-located with 10th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci’18)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 27, 2018.

Edited by

Anna Bon *
Victor de Boer *
Christophe Guéret **
Gayo Diallo ***
Jaap Gordijn **

* Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
** Accenture Labs, Dublin, Ireland,
*** Université de Bordeaux, France,


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VU and UNIMAS students develop app for children in Sarawak, Malaysia

Pinggan Jaya, 24 June 2018 – Five students from VU and UNIMAS — Tasos, Nip, Guusje, Deva and Ludwig — who are currently following the “ICT4D in the Field” course  in Sarawak, Malaysia,  — have delivered the first working prototype of EDUCOMX, an educational app for primary school age children. This app is meant to […]