ICT4D (Information and Communication Technology for Development) is a relatively new and highly dynamic field of development intervention. ICT covers a whole range of technologies to access, process and distribute information (text, sound, images etc), but is most commonly used in reference to computers, Internet and mobile phones. ICT4D is not just about technology, but about helping poor and marginalized communities around the world to benefit from technological developments to improve the quality of their lives.
Working in the field of ICT4D is an ongoing learning process involving many actors contributing their knowledge and experience. ICT4D is by nature multidisciplinary, and interventions require a multi-stakeholder approach, not least to keep abreast with rapid technological developments.
Open and transparent sharing of information and knowledge among different actors is a necessity in ICT4D, which is why knowledge brokering is one of the main functions of Spider. This is why we make this effort to share information on who is doing what in ICT4D.