Project leader: David Hallberg

Supervisors: Associate Professor Henrik Hansson; Professor Anders. G. Nilsson.

Other, main collaborators: Judith Wanjira, Salvage a Girl Initiative; Carolina for Kibera

Funding: DSV (parts of the study also funded by the European Commission through the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)


The aim of this research is to understand the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in strengthening women's situation as regards lifelong learning.

Organisations and governments globally are initiating numerous projects that aim at levelling out inequalities in society, some of which are referred to as village-level package development interventions. Their specific goals differ, but their overall goal address poverty alleviation. Reaching success beyond the pilot programmes, however, is challenging.

Our research studies this in the context of digital villages, also referred to as community resource centres or telecentres. These three terms refer to physical development interventions at which people may enjoy the benefits of ICT, be it the Internet, telecommunications, fax, printing or photocopier; and/or where educational value may be derived from electronic media, as in vocational training using ICT. There is an emphasised focus on the rural community, and more often deprived environments.

The research is designed to:
(1) identify and single out stressors and social impacts that can be found critical to the use of digital villages to strengthen women’s situation regarding lifelong learning;
(2) understand what drives and restrains the stressors and social impacts that were singled out.

Main strategies and methods used have been case study and comparative education. A part from countries such as Kenya, Bolivia, Cameroon, and Sri Lanka, studies have been carried out in regions of Sweden too.

In addition, as a concrete possibility to strengthen women's use of digital villages, we have developed a demo version of a health system that builds on the idea of virtual patient simulation systems, or more specific the Web-SP  to enhance the knowledge of health related issues among the members of the community.

Some related links

Hallberg, D., Carole Godem, Dzimey, W. (2012) Telecentre approaches in Cameroon and Kenya illuminate

Hallberg, D. (2011) The Kenyan ‘Digital Villages Project’ from a behavioural perspective


Working papers

Wilson, A.M., Hallberg, D., Méndez Echenique, A. Dos telecentros en Bolivia: un enfoque de mujeres

Hallberg, D., Hansson, H., Nilsson, A.G. The use of ICT to strengthen women’s situation regarding lifelong learning: a comparative study with a focus on stressors

Hallberg, D., Wanjira, J., Boateng, R., K.M.G.B. Nishakumari, Fors, U. Health mentorship programme/Web-SP



Carolina for Kibera – first meeting (Kenya)

Carolina for Kibera – Blood sample (Kenya)

Eclampsia (Bangladesh)