Research in ICT4D involves the study of ICT in the context of developing countries and is designed to handle the difficulties and problems as defined by the target group. ICT4D is a growing multidisciplinary field, with many practical uses. Field studies in developing countries generate knowledge on how ICT can be used for development and poverty reduction. ICT can for instance improve livelihoods, increase access to education, improve health care, enhance participatory democracy and combat corruption.                 

 
Photo from Sri Lanka
Photo from Sri Lanka
 

Using participatory action research, IT products, services and models are developed, tested and evaluated in order to improve liv elihoods, increase access to education, improve health care, enhance participatory democracy and combat corruption. DSV is engaged in ICT4D projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

 

Several projects are funded by Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Researchers and graduate students from partner countries are involved in many projects and our projects are coordinated with other stakeholders such as donors, NGOs and research centers.

Spider specializes in multidisciplinary ICT4D research in democracy, education and health. Researchers at Spider investigate ICT in relation to gender, culture, democracy, corruption, education, health, and partnership. Spider also supports ICT4D research at Swedish partner universities and in partner countries.