ICT4D Masters Degrees Worldwide

Last week I had to do some 'quick & dirty' research online to work out whether the field of ICT4D was in its death throws as claimed by James BonTempo and Ken Banks or whether, as I have claimed elsewhere, rumours of the death of ICT4D have been greatly exaggerated.


One of the area's that I did a quick health-check on was the number of ICT4D courses offered internationally. My conclusion is that this is still a significant and growing area. There are undergrad and masters level ICT4D courses at a host of institutions, and the scope for PhDs is even greater.


Two excellent and comprehensive on-line lists of ICT4D courses are maintained by ICTlogy and by IPID. What I didn't find though was an up-to-date and simple list of masters programmes in ICT4D, so I am publishing one here (alphabetically by country).

Declaration of interest: I am a PhD candidate studying ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London


Bangladesh: BRAC University, Masters in Development Studies with electives in tech4dev, development informatics, etc.


England: University of East London, MSc in Information and Communication for Development


Royal Holloway, University of London, MSc in Practising Sustainable Development with ICT4D


University of Manchester, MSc in Information and Communication for Development


India: Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT, MSc: ICT in Agriculture & Rural Development


Japan: Kobe Institute of Computing, Masters Programme: ICT Innovators Course (ICT4D)


Spain: Technical University of Madrid, Masters in Technology for Human Development


Malaysia: Institute of Social Informatics, Masters in Social Informatics and ICT4D


South Africa: University of Cape Town, Masters in ICTs for Development


Sweden: University of Stockholmdistance learning Masters in ICT4D

USA: University of Colorado, Bolder, MSc in Information and Communication for Development


As I said at the outset this was a piece of 'quick and dirty' internet research.
So I'm sure that I have made errors and.or omisions so please
let me know what needs to be added or amended.



Thanks for your point of clarification, Aidnography.
I haven't ranked them over some other courses; my research only identified a total of ten masters degrees in ICT4D.
Also the ten identified are not in ranked order; they are arranged alphabetically by country.

Hi James, sorry for the slow response. I enjoyed your latest blogpost. Thanks for the clarification. I believe the *practice* of ICT4D is also booming and that this is for solid structural reasons. Inequality in many countries is continuing to expand. Wherever gross inequality and social injustice exists people self-organise and use whatever technology is available to address the situation. In my estimation this popular appropriation of ICT in pursuit of a better life guarantees an on-going role for ICT4D. I think that the difference between our perspectivies is that your conception of ICT4D is focused on the interventions of foreign technocrats working for 'international development' NGOs in so-called 'developing countires'. My experience of ICT4D is broader than that and my definition of what constutes valid 'development' is more inclusive. I have expanded this view in a new blogpost and suspect that our positions are not as far apart as at first it seemed. Any reduction in dependancy on foreign 'experts' and INGOs is a good thing, no?

Thanks for the comment Skipp, sorry for the slow response. Of course you are right that the number of masters degrees in ICT4D tells us very little about the growth of the overall field. Data of the kind that you suggest on ICT4D jobs would indeed be valuable - especially alongside data on the far larger number of ICT4D jobs held by people without such degrees.

Apart from full masters degrees there are many more individual ICT4D course units and PhD available as detailed here and here.

Other indicators of interest levels that might be taken to indicate growth in the field include the growing number of dedicated ICT4D blogs, websites and publications.

Thanks Xose, it's great to have this info. I've added it to the blogged list and tweeted the info to #ict4d

Thanks a lot for the article.Thanks Again. Want more. Uptegraft


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