Sustainability and new business models are essential for long-term impact. Some of the best ICT4D initiatives are research-based innovations, which generate increased quality of life and durable job opportunities.

We will look into joint ventures with multiparty stakeholders. In accordance with Sida policy, the ICT4D R&D should be result based. That is both academic results in the form of peer-reviewed scientific publications as well as real change for the target groups. It is research and development with a purpose. A participatory research approach involving all stakeholders is inevitable, both in terms of ethics and validity.

In particular we will focus our research in ICT4D to strengthen democratic processes, increase educational opportunities, improve healthcare, empower girls and women, create jobs and reduce poverty. Broad collaboration with governments, NGOs and communities are essential.

New business opportunities and life quality improvements will arise in the often over-looked areas of tourism, sport, art and music. We will approach our ICT4D research projects with thorough in depth pre-studies, establish the necessary networks and associate with key local organisations and people.

Communication is key. Currently we are investigating our in-house language skills. It is estimated that more than 40 languages are spoken at the department.
Neil Armstrong said in 1969 when stepping out on the moon: “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Let´s take some small ICT4D-steps on Earth and make a giant leap for mankind!