Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa (CITANDA)
CITANDA aims to bring together researchers, projects, funders, and programmes focused on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the service of national development. Many policy analysts, government leaders, industry pundits and development specialists look to ICT for assistance in achieving social, economic, political, cultural and human resource development goals nationally, regionally, or in terms of an industry sector. CITANDA's approach to research is grounded in the discipline of IS, which is recognised as a multi-disciplinary field which systemically investigates phenomena which emerge as a result of the complex set of interactions that take place between ICTs, organisations, society and individuals, rather than any one of these elements in isolation.
Digital Libraries Laboratory
The Digital Libraries Laboratory conducts research and provides support for information management problems with particular emphasis on the poor countries of the world with their associated unique constraints, such as cultural differences, limited Internet bandwidth and limited access to skilled staff. Our activities are research-focused, but include some advocacy, training and consulting. Our work is oriented towards the goal of making all forms of information (heritage, research, education, etc.) more accessible to all people.
iComms: Information for Community Services
Formed in 2011, iComms's interdisciplinary group of researchers focus on understanding the use, application, and impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in developing countries. While ICTs are said to offer great potential for improved qualities of life, we work on analysing this notion in the context of under-resourced communities.
HPI Research School at UCT
The Hasso Plattner Institute Research School at UCT, in Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D), serves as a gateway for educating sub-Saharan African information technologists, and in the grand scheme, to become a leading centre of excellence in designing and understanding computational solutions (both algorithmic and user centric) and systems to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Human-Computer Interaction Lab
Affiliated with the Centre in ICT4D, the Human-Computer Interaction Lab takes a human-centred approach to the design and deployment of systems. Domains of research include design for mothers, design for community-health workers, local content creation for communities, media-based peer health education, and co-design across borders, with a focus on the role of HCI in making effective, usable and sustainable systems to address problems of inequality and social justice.
Networking for Development Lab (Net4D)
The Networking for Development Lab (Net4D) is a group of academics, students and industry research professionals who want to use our technological expertise to improve the quality of life and opportunities for people in less affluent communities around us. Net4D believes that affordable internet access and infrastructure for local content creation and sharing are key enablers for education, economic inclusion and tackling issues of interest to the community. It is the lab's mission to provide the technology that can realise these benefits.