About us

As a field of research and practice, Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) aims to harness information and communication technologies (ICTs) to achieve economic, social and political goals in low-resource or low-income regions.

The ICT4D Centre at the University of Cape Town (UCT) functions as an academic hub for researchers focused on creating solutions that address socio-technical problems in South Africa, across Africa and in other developing regions. The Centre is a multi-disciplinary environment that seeks to produce new technologies for the developing world, while also studying the ways in which existing and emerging technologies affect and are appropriated by groups of people, particularly in under-resourced communities.

We have received international recognition for our work, including best paper awards, scholarships for our students, various prizes and grants to support our research. In 2013, we were proud hosts of ICTD2013 and DEV-4, the two most prominent conferences in the ICT4D field, as well as Interact2013, a key IFIP conference in human-computer interaction. 

If you are considering an masters or doctorate in ICT4D then consider studying with us for some, or all, of your degree. We also have full PhD bursaries for Africans wishing to study a doctorate in ICT4D. 

ICT4D hinges on the idea that improved access to information and communication technologies furthers societal development. As such, ICT4D aims to aid economic development by promoting equitable access to modern communications technologies. As a field of research it is a powerful tool for economic and social development.

The Centre has developed a reputation for catalysing the contributions of a critical mass of researchers and postgraduate students who are well positioned to strengthen the level of research in this field. The research Centre has the following goals and objectives:

  • To build a cohort of ICT4D experts in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • To produce knowledge informed by African experiences of ICT problems in order to understand, address and offer solutions to these problems.
  • To gain international status by making a valuable contribution toward the knowledge-base in the ICT4D field.


  • Hasso Platner Institute
  • Microsoft Research
  • Microsoft / Nokia
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Telesciences
  • Telkom
  • World Bank
  • Cell-Life
  • Water Research Commission (WRC)
  • Ikamva Youth
  • Khanya Project, Western Cape Education Department
  • City Libraries
  • UCL - Institute of Education
  • AHO, Norway
  • TASCHA, University of Washington
  • Education UCT
  • Linguistics UCT
  • Shuttleworth Foundation, now Pearson