International Organisations

The Acacia Initiative (IDRC)

From its creation in 1970, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has been committed to advancing the role of information in development. A tradition of innovation that began with an emphasis on building databases and information systems has evolved into a focus on the transformative nature of information and communications technologies (ICTs).  Acacia works with African partners to help countries in Africa apply information and communication technologies (ICTs) to social and economic development. Acacia is an integrated program of research and demonstration projects that focuses on appropriate applications and technologies, infrastructure, policy, and governance. Acacia’s mission is to support research on ICTs that improve livelihood opportunities, enhance social service delivery, and empower citizens while building the capacity of African researchers and research networks.


Aspiration’s mission is to connect nonprofit organizations with software solutions that help them better carry out their work. We want nonprofit organizations to be able to find and use the best software available, so that they maximize their effectiveness and impact and, in turn, change the world. Our work is aimed at a world where nonprofit and civil society organizations: Readily and easily find and access appropriate software; Draw from a vibrant software developer community ready and able to build or customize relevant, missing, and necessary software; Access distribution channels for dissemination of useful or promising applications to bring them to scale; Are part of rich user communities of like-nonprofits sharing knowledge and providing feedback and mutual support; Transfer skills and experience within NGOs and technology intermediaries about software development, and product and project management. is an international organization with a mission to promote the effective use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the developing world for meaningful purposes, such as better healthcare, education and self-sustaining economic development. We seek to bring a practical vision to the realities of ICT-enabled socio-economic development, and an important aspect of our strategy is to apply basic business principles and processes in development projects. We conduct technology research, evaluations and policy analysis to inform civil society organizations, governments, development aid agencies and the business community and help them improve the way they integrate ICT into their activities. This in turn brings the benefits of technology to more people — students, small business owners, doctors and their patients and the general public — in more meaningful ways: not only to overcome the challenges and adversities they face, but to give them the tools to build their own solutions and manage their own affairs in more efficient ways.

Centre for Development Informatics (CDI)

CDI, at the University of Manchester,  is a multidisciplinary centre researching the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in socio-economic development. Research in CDI focuses on six main themes: Business, Informatics and Development; e-Governance for Development; IT Sector Development; ICT Policy; Mobiles and Development; Theorising Development Informatics.

E-Governance Africa

Egovafrica is a UNDP initiative that aims at developing a knowledge platform that fosters a steady intake of egovernance related projects and programmes in Africa, in a view to effectively put ICT at the service of promoting Governance in the continent. While building on strategic alliances with other international partners as well as regional institutions such as NEPAD, AU and the RECS on the continent, it will achieve the following: Provide policy advice and technical assistance to African countries with regards to effectively mainstreaming ICT in Democratic Governance; Backstop egovernance related regional programmes, including definition and implementation of a regional ICT platform for SACI, the southern Africa Capacity Initiative within the Regional Service Center in Johannesburg; Initiate and support a ‘community of practice’ on e-governance issues on the continent, through the development of relevant guidance notes & discussion papers, identification of good practices and lessons learned, strengthening of knowledge-networks and capacities of focal points; Develop/maintain strategic partnerships with members of the UN and external community involved in implementing e-governance programmes in Africa; Contribute to the formation of public-private partnerships to support e-governance programmes within the current framework of the Nepad’s secretariat and the AU.


This website has been designed and is maintained in the framework of the EuroAfriCa-ICT project, a support action funded by the European Commission Directorate-General Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) through its 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). This project builds upon the significant achievements reached by the initial project: START (IST-6-45377-SSA / 2006-2008). The EuroAfriCa-ICT project (project factsheet l project overview) aims at promoting and supporting the development of S&T cooperation on ICT research between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa and between Europe and the Caribbean.

European Public Sector Information (PSI) Platform

The European PSI Platform is an interactive one-stop shop which provides: News about European PSI re-use developments; Emerging good practices; Examples of new products and services; Information about legal cases on the re-use of PSI; Facilities for discussion, communication and information sharing across the European PSI community.  The aim is to further stimulate action and monitor progress towards a stronger and more transparent environment for the growth of national and European markets in the re-use of PSI.

Financial Standards Foundation – eStandardsForum

Detailed country surveys of financial standards. Currently includes Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. The “12 Key Standards for Sound Financial Systems”, developed by the international community, were compiled by the Financial Stability Forum in 1999 in response to the described need for a global set of best practices. They are divided into three areas: Macroeconomic Policy and Data Transparency; Institutional and Market Infrastructure; and Financial Regulation and Supervision.

ICT4D Collective, Royal Holloway

Based at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Collective draws on the expertise of staff, postgraduates and undergraduates in the academic Departments and Schools of Geography, Computer Science, Management, and the New Political Communication Unit in Politics and International Relations, as well as in the Information Services Department and the Educational Development Centre. We welcome collaborative work with colleagues across the world who share our core objectives, and wish to establish partnerships with us to deliver practical ICT4D activities that will empower poor people.


infoDev is a global development financing program among international development agencies, coordinated and served by an expert Secretariat housed in the Global ICT Department (GICT) of the World Bank, one of its key donors and founders. It acts as a neutral convener of dialogue, and as a coordinator of joint action among bilateral and multilateral donors—supporting global sharing of information on ICT for development (ICT4D), and helping to reduce duplication of efforts and investments. infoDev also forms partnerships with public and private-sector organizations who are innovators in the field of ICT4D.  Priorities and strategies for infoDev are guided by a governance framework, approved by infoDev Donors in June, 2005.

infoDev e-Government Portal

The e-Government Toolkit for Developing Countries is intended to provide practical guidance to government officials and others in developing and transitional countries on the major dimensions of e-Government. Registered users of the portal have access to a further repository of e-Government materials.

International Development Informatics Association

IDIA, the International Development Informatics Association, is an association serving as a forum for international cooperation between organisations focusing on research in the use of ICT for developing economies and societies (ICT4D), where various constraints impact on the use of ICT compared to highly developed regions. IDIA, established in 2006, provides opportunities for scholars and technical specialists alike to exchange knowledge on the modes and principles of applying ICT to such regions.

International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)

IICD  is a non-profit foundation that specialises in information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for development. IICD creates practical and sustainable solutions using both modern media (such as computers, Internet, email and multimedia) and traditional media (such as radio and television) to connect people and enable them to benefit from ICT, thereby contributing to the Millenium Development Goals. Together with partners from the public, private and non-profit sector, IICD puts knowledge, innovation and finance to work. Currently, IICD is active in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ghana, Jamaica, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in the sectors education, environment, governance, health and livelihoods (agriculture).

Knowledge Management for Development (KM4dev)

KM4Dev is a community of international development practitioners who are interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing issues and approaches, and who seek to share ideas and experiences in this domain.

OpenNet Initiative

The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of four leading academic institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto; Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; the Advanced Network Research Group at the Cambridge Security Programme, University of Cambridge; and the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. Its aim is to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion. It intends to uncover the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and thus help to inform better public policy and advocacy work in this area. To achieve these aims, the ONI employs a unique multi-disciplinary approach that includes: Development and deployment of a suite of technical enumeration tools and core methodologies for the study of Internet filtering and surveillance; Capacity-building among networks of local advocates and researchers; Advanced studies exploring the consequences of current and future trends and trajectories in filtering and surveillance practices, and their implications for domestic and international law and governance regimes.

Open Source Initiative

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open-source community. One of our most important activities is as a standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open-source cooperation.

Scandinavian Institute for Competitiveness & Development

The Innovation Systems and Cluster Programme in/for Eastern Africa (ISCP-EA) has been a university led regional programme, which started in 2004 and is being implemented collaboratively in three Eastern African states, namely Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda. It is coordinated and spearheaded in each of the three countries by respective Faculties of Engineering/Technology of the Universities of Eduardo Mondlane, Dar es Salaam and Makerere. The main objective is to stimulate, catalyze and promote the development of innovation systems and innovative clusters in Eastern Africa, and thereby facilitate speedy socio-economic development and poverty reduction.

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

CTA is an ACP-EU institution working in the field of information for development. We operate under the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement and our headquarters are in The Netherlands. When it was set up, in 1984, CTA was given the challenging task of improving the flow of information among stakeholders in agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Our work focuses on three key areas: providing information products and services (e.g., publications, question-and-answer services and database services);  promoting the integrated use of communication channels, old and new, to improve the flow of information (e.g., e-communities, web portals, seminars, and study visits); building ACP capacity in information and communication management (ICM), mainly through training and partnerships with ACP bodies.