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ICT for Social Development


KeywordsDevelopment, ICT, Localization, Wireless infrastructure, Outcome Mapping
UniversityICT Trento, University of Trento, Italy
Academic year2007 / 2008
LecturersAlberto Escudero-Pascual, Louise Berthilson
ScheduleMay 5th-May 16th

Course Objectives

  • to provide graduate students with an understanding of the main issues associated with the use of Information and Communications Technologies for Social Development (ICT4SD).

  • to raise awareness of emerging regions, their communities and the technical challenges they face.

  • to learn about appropriate technologies for emerging regions, their impact, and how they can be conceived, designed and implemented

  • to discuss critically around some real case studies including: localization of computer software to local languages, voice over IP in rural areas, wireless infrastructure in community networks, and sustainable business models.

  • to learn about Outcome Mapping and the challenges of assessing development impacts.


For more information, please see detailed course agenda and instructions for project assignment.

  • Introduction to ICTs and development
  • Technologies and development
  • Localization of computer software
  • Connectivity and Wireless Infrastructure
  • Voice over IP
  • Solar energy and Low power computing
  • Review of case studies
  • Outcome mapping


There are no formal pre-requisites for the course.