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.
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.read more
Press Release AfriLabs and ICT 4 Social Innovation Network enter a partnership for African technology to lead the continent’s progress Abuja/Nairobi/Stockholm, June, 2017: AfriLabs*, the largest network of African technology labs, joins forces with the pan-African ICT...read more
The Sweden training phase for the first round in 2017 of capacity building programme ICT Regulation - Policy and Practice has started. 18 participants from regulatory authorities in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are discussing regulatory issues with their colleagues from...read more
Sida has recently decided to commission SPIDER to host the capacity-building programme “ICT Regulation – Policy and Practice” for persons working at regulatory bodies in developing countries. SPIDER coordinates the programme in cooperation with the Swedish Post and Telecom authority, (PTS).read more
We are happy to share the results of this call today. Shortlisted applications demonstrated how they will achieve employability and learning outcomes while forming strategic partnerships with different stakeholders from different sectors.read more
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.read more
SPIDER is happy to welcome Phandeeyar Myanmar Innovation Labs as a new SPIDER partner and to announce the first SPIDER project in Myanmar. Phandeeyar focuses on bringing together the tech community with change agents like Civil Society Organisations, social...read more
On International Women’s Day 2017 SPIDER, The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions, is proud to launch a report with significant input from women living with diagnosed cervical cancer, key decision makers and different healthcare workers in Zambia. Zambia has...read more
Hopp i P1 is a science programme about things that have improved. This series will tell stories of increased literacy, how violence is decreasing, blue whales recuperating from near extintion, the effects of solar energy on ordinary life and how ICT brings change in...read more
Spider and partners are engaged in a research project exploring telehealth solutions for earlier detection and better treatment options of cervical cancer. The mortality rates in East and Southern Africa are among the highest in the world. One of the reasons is that...read more