The overall aim of Spider’s research is to generate ICT4D knowledge. Since ICT4D still is an emerging field of development cooperation, it is critical to build a solid knowledge base, for decision makers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.

By offering evidence-based, empirically grounded knowledge on what works and what doesn’t, research can strengthen ongoing and future ICT4D efforts. Research can also reinforce monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of ongoing activities, by providing more complete analyses of outcomes and impacts.

Spider supports and engages in multidisciplinary ICT4D research at different academic levels, together with researchers from Sweden as well as partner countries.