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Partnerships are essential for delivering appropriate and sustainable ICT4D activities. The ICT4D collective is involved in a wide range of flexible and mutually reinforcing activites with international organisations. Membership of the Collective implies adherence to its basic principles of membership and partnership. Details of our partnership activities are summarised below:

Governments and International Agencies
Universities and research institutions
Private sector and consultancy organisations
  • Atticmedia
    • Mark Weber contributing teaching on content in ICT4D undergraduate course
  • Audiovisual Technologies, Informatics and Telecommunications (@IT) (Belgium)
  • Cisco Systems
    • Dr. Michelle Selinger (Education Strategy Manager, Corporate Responsibility EMEA) was an Honorary Research Associate
    • Cisco provided an internship during the summer of 2005 for a student completing the ICT4D course at Royal Holloway, University of London.
    • Cisco and the ICT4D collective gained a prestigious CASE studentship from ESRC in 2005 for a postgraduate research studentship on evaluating the use of ICT for education in Africa
    • Joint Cisco-ICT4D annual lecture series
  • Education Impact
    • Contributed in delivery of ICTD2010 hosted by the Collective
  • Blankpage (formerly Eduvision)
  • LearnAbout by EuroTalk
    • Working together on monitoring and evaluating the use of handheld devices for learning in Malawi
  • Microsoft Research
    • Awarded Marije Geldof a postgraduate research studentship for her work on ICT and low-levels of literacy in Africa
    • Sponsor of ICTD2010 hosted by the Collective
  • Intel
    • Sponsor of ICTD2010 hosted by the Collective
Civil Society Organisations
    • Organising Committee for the eLearning Africa conferences held in Addis Ababa from 24th to 26th May 2006, Nairobi from 28th-30th May 2007, and Accra from 28th-30th May 2008
    • Andrea Burris supported the programme for the second eLearning Africa conference
    • Report on e-Learning in Africa
    • Contributed advice and support for delivery of ICTD2010 hosted by the Collective
  • LifeLine - seeks to inspire people across the world to realise their full potential and spark sustainable and supportive communities
    • Tim Unwin was a panellist in Lifeline Network's Drivers for Change event held at Portcullis House in the UK on 1st November 2007
    • The Collective hosted workshop for LifeLine Network on child headed households,11th June 2010
  • IPID (The International Network for postgraduate students in the area of ICT4D)
    • The Collective hosted the IPID annual conferences in 2006 and 2009, and works closely in support of IPID's other postgraduate activities
    • Tim Unwin has regularly given keynotes at IPID's annual conferences
    • IPID hosted the postgraduate day at ICTD2010
  • The Smile Foundation, India
    • Support for Master's dissertation on the use of ICTs in support of youths in India
  • NEDA Knowledge Emporium (The Philippines) - a portal to enhance productivity in industry, farming communities and SMEs
  • The UN's Online Volunteering organisation
    • ICT4D students contributing to Online Volunteering activities
  • The Freeplay Foundation
  • Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)
    • Tim Unwin serves as review panellist for BIID's working paper series
Journal editorial activities


Co-operating Organisations

The Collective's partnerships listed above are all focused on delivering practical activities together. The Collective also maintains a wider group of organisations with which it co-operates through information sharing and other networking arrangements. It is hoped that many of these will in the future blossom into full partnerships through which we will work together to deliver practical ICT4D initiatives. These Co-operating Organisations include:

  • Newthinking Communications - a Berlin-based agency for social communication and consulting, specializing in topics relating to the Information Society, and with particular expertise in open source technologies and strategies
  • River Path Associates - a knowledge consultancy, providing research, strategic counsel, and creative solutions to public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations.
  • World Computer Exchange - World Computer Exchange is a global education and environment nonprofit that helps connect youth in 65 developing countries to the skills, opportunities and understanding of the Internet while keeping working computers out of landfills
  • Proshika - one of the largest NGOs in Bangladesh, actively using computers in all of its 190 Area Development Centres
  • Muslim Hands - Muslim Hands works to deliver relief from poverty and sickness, and to provide education worldwide. The Collective works with them to help deliver innovative ICT4D programmes
  • Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) - a national networking body working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of information, equitable and affordable access to Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for remote & marginalized population in Bangladesh
  • Forum for Information Technology, Nepal (FIT Nepal) - a NGO facilitating the promotion of IT for development in Nepal
  • Global Institute for Quality Education - (GIQE/IGCE) a US and Latin American based Institute committed to fostering increased emphasis on quality in education
  • The Panafrican Research Agenda on the Pedagogical Integration of ICT - the Observatory - is an IDRC/CRDI initiative whose aim is better to understand how the pedagogical integration of ICT can enhance the quality of learning and teaching in Africa (Ce projet vise à mieux comprendre comment l'intégration pédagogique des TIC peut améliorer la qualité des enseignements et des apprentissages en Afrique)
  • The London Knowledge Lab - a collaborative initiative by the Institute of Education and Birkbeck College within London University, designed to bring together computer scientists and social scientists to understand better how technology relates to society, culture and the economy.
  • Mobility Aid and Appliances Research and Development Centre (MAARDEC), Nigeria - empowers people with disabilities through provision of innovative and affordable mobility aids and appliances, and complimentary services to ensure that they are socially, economically and politically relevant in the society.


Enquiries for all partnership activities should be directed to Tim Unwin (tim[dot]unwin[at]rhul[dot]ac[dot]uk)

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