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CSET Research Flagship 6: ICT4D

Flagship Project Leader: Prof Judy van Biljon


ICT4D refers to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development aimed at improving the human condition. ICT4D can mean dealing with disadvantaged or marginalised communities anywhere in the world, but more applications are in developing countries.
ICT4D research incorporates multi- , inter- and trans disciplinary approaches to addressing real life problems on theoretical and practical levels.
Aside from its reliance on technology, ICT4D also requires an understanding of the context which can be community development, poverty, agriculture, healthcare, or basic education. Community involvement is an important aspect of our ICT4D research with a strong focus on the use of mobile technologies in health and education.
The ICT4D Flagship currently has 16 members including 4 NRF rated researchers.

Goal 2013

To develop a dynamic and sustainable research group focused on
Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) that produces research and innovation.

Focus areas:

  • Education (projects in Community libraries; learning centers and information Kiosks)
  • Health (use of mobile phone and ICT to support HIV projects; basic health education and improving ICT skills of health workers in rural communities )
  • Mobile technologies for development (M4D) which may overlap with education as in m-learning.


  • CSIR – Academic Associates – Prof Marlien Herselman, Dr Adele Botha
  • Monash University – Dr Larry Stillman, Dr Jaques Steyn and Dr Braam van der Vyver
  • Unisa Library – Dr Filistea Naude


  • Knowledge repository development on ICT4D knowledge in sub-Saharan Africa – collection of vetted ICT4D publications, champions, conferences, journals etc.
  • South African Computer Journal (SACJ) special issue on ICT4D to be published in July 2014 with Hugo Lotriet and Judy van Biljon as guest editors.
  • Individual members’ projects on mobile technologies, education, health and communities of practice etc.
  • Mobile App development project in collaboration with the UNISA library.

ICT4D Events hosted in 2013






5 April

Knowledge Commons, CSIR

ICT4D collaboration


Prof L. Stillman (Monash Australia), and

Dr J. Steyn (Monash SA)

Conference preparation and ICT4D collaboration

16 July

Function Hall, Kgorong, Unisa


Prof JM Traxler, and

Dr A Botha

Mobile Technology in ICT4D

26 September

Thamsanqa Kambule Auditorium


Prof J Cronje,

Mr KEM Krauss and Ms P Kovatcheva

ICT4D: Theory and Practice