Uncovering cultural differences between African and European storytelling with Artificial Intelligence

For her master research in Artificial Intelligence, Gossa Lô uses Computational Linguistics Techniques and Deep Learning to generate narratives in West African style. Storytelling is  a powerful form of communication, that has the ability to pass down information, knowledge and tradition, while captivating and involving an audience with personal experiences and emotions, and in a broader sense […]

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Inclusive education TO-INN meeting in Mexico City

From 10 to 13 of March 2019 the third plenary meeting of the TO-INN network of Latin American and European Universities took place in Mexico City. This was hosted by the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, one of the two the Mexican partners in  this project. Dra. Rosa Maria, the rector of this university welcomed us all, […]


Local currency networks in rural communities in Africa: a feasibility study of block chain

Blockchain technologies have received much interest the past few years, as an innovative way of ICT-based commerce. Its decentralized nature, the lack of a “middleman”, or central bank are interesting features. But is this technoology also promising for low resource environment, e.g. rural Mali? Can blockchain for example provide a new payment channel as an […]

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The Amsterdam Digital Divide team at VU Amsterdam

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 […]


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. […]


User requirements in Bamako, Mali

AOPP and W4RA’s TMT project on Food Security and Seed Knowledge Systems

AOPP and the W4RA team will continue collaboration on the topic of Food Security in rural Mali, focusing on the information and knowledge sharing, which is necessary to improve value chains for seeds. This project is made possible through a recent grant from Nuffic in the OKP NFP-TMT-RC program,  for which we are very thankful. […]


ICT4D in the Field 2019 – Community Service Learning by VU & UNIMAS

The annual project-based field course “ICT for Development In The Field” will be given this year for the second time, coordinated by VU together with UNIMAS, the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. This course offers master students Information Science, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence a unique experience, as it involves close collaboration with local rural and often […]

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New student project: Nine Principles for Digital Development — how are they used in practice?

For several decades ICT4D practitioners over the world — funded by international development donor agencies or private funds —  have tried to empower disadvantaged communities by providing them with ICT solutions. However, this has not not always worked out successfully. Often, technologies have been deployed for the “poor” without knowing their needs or assessing their […]


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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Digital Development: Elements of a Critical ICT4D Theory and Praxis

In recent years, critical research literature in ICT4D has grown. It is widely accepted that theory is to inform practice. However, the inverse directionality, practice informs theory, is much less present in ICT4D, including in critical research. In this paper, we discuss ways how ICT4D research and theory may be better informed by practice — […]