On 16 May 2014, The Network Institute, Computer Science Department and International Office of VU organize a symposium on ICT4D, the quickly growing field of practice and study how Information and Communication Technologies influence and may contribute to social and economic development in the (developing) world.
An international list of speakers will highlight recent issues, trends and debates regarding ICT4D, from a wide range of experiences, angles, and scientific disciplines. The Symposium thus aims to elucidate key questions surrounding ICT4D, including: What are successful or promising contemporary approaches to ICT4D? What is the role of ICT in the broader context of development? What has science and academic research to offer here? What is the contribution and role of different scientific disciplines, such as computer science and others?
Venue: VU University Amsterdam, Tuinzaal, W&N Building, Ground floor, (near the entrance De Boelelaan 1081). Friday 16 May 2014, 10.00-16.30h,
Coffee, lunch and drinks will be available. Admission is free, registration is required via: http://w4ra.org/2014/04/15/registration-symposium/
Prof. Dr. Tim Unwin (Royal Holloway University of London, UK): Information and Communication Technologies For the Benefit Of Poor People and Marginalized Communities.
Tim Unwin is professor of geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, and general editor of the book “ICT4D” (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Prof. Dr. Saa Dittoh (UDS, Ghana): Sustainable Rural Development For Food and Water Security in Africa.
Saa Dittoh is professor at the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana, and already for decades leading programs on sustainable agricultural and rural development in northern Ghana.
Prof. Dr. Mirjam de Bruijn (Leiden University, Netherlands): Mobile Africa Revisited.
Mirjam de Bruijn is professor of contemporary history and anthropology of West and Central Africa, at the African Studies Centre, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, and led the VICI research program
Connecting in Times of Duress: Understanding Communication and Conflict in Middle Africa’s Mobile Margins.
Mr. Chris Reij (WRI, Washington, USA): New Forms Of Communication And Accelerating Knowledge Sharing To Scale Up Regreening.
Chris Reij is a fellow of the World Resources Institute in Washington, USA, specialized in sustainable land management, with a long-standing international reputation as a key driver in the launch and expansion of the African Regreening Initiatives (ARI) that today flourish in a variety of countries.
Prof. Dr. Hans Akkermans (VU Amsterdam, Netherlands): An Informatics and Networking Perspective on ICT4D.
Hans Akkermans is professor of Business Informatics, founder of The Network Institute at VU, and an initiator of the Web Alliance for Regreening in Africa (W4RA).
Mr. Stéphane Boyera (SBC4D, Toulouse, France): Mobile And Voice Technologies For Social And Economic Development.
Stéphane Boyera has been a program manager at W3C and the World Wide Web Foundation, is a consultant in ICT4D, and has developed and rolled out many innovative ICT4D Web services in Africa and elsewhere.
Mr. Amadou Tangara (Sahel Eco, Mali): How Innovation With ICT Works In Rural Mali.
Amadou Tangara is a staff member of Sahel Eco, Mali, a civil society organization focussing on farmer-centred management of natural resources to improve food security and climate resilience in Africa’s drylands; he is a recognized innovator in the bottom-up deployment of ICTs for rural development.
Dr. Stefan Schlobach (VU Amsterdam, Netherlands): ICT4D and Computer Science.
Stefan Schlobach is Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence at VU Amsterdam, and coordinator of the Master Course on ICT4D at VU’s.