Welcome to SPIDER

SPIDER, the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions, has the mission to decrease the global differences in the use of ICT. SPIDER promotes the use of ICT as a means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as established by the UN in 2015.

Our work includes support to projects, research and capacity building in developing regions. Spider also acts in networks and brings together actors from different parts of the ICT-arena: Civil Society Organisations, Universities, Private Companies as well as Governmental Agencies in Sweden and in our partner countries.

Spider runs projects, supports research and builds networks and capacity within our thematic areas Health, Education and Transparency & Accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and South America.

Recent posts

Why support digital health?

The stark number of health projects where ICT is failing to make a difference should not have health professionals, policy makers and public health specialists abandon digital health as an essential tool for improved health systems and outcomes. Just imagine if we had abandoned internet banking with the first system failures and online fraud. Similarly we cannot give in to the failures, but instead seek knowledge from them in order to address shortcomings. SPIDER positions the organisation to be a resource for knowledge and a web creator for the essential expertise to be pooled, in order to avoid the hype of ICT being a fix-it-all-miracle and instead refocus on the people using the technology.

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Open source collaboration across continents

SPIDER partners Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in Bolivia and University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania have inititated a collaboration that is the first of its kind where UDSM will use and further develop the open source research management system that UMSA has developed.

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Our projects

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Our partners