About the Edulink funded “Alanga” ICT4D Consortium

The production and utilization of information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play a key role in the context of development. However, there is a lack of capacity in many countries to build, maintain, and utilize the ICT resources to address educational and ultimately socio-economic needs. This contributes to the vulnerability of these countries in the global economy. The ICT4D Consortium works together to build capacities to use information and communication technologies for development purposes through the sharing of expertise between existing networks in the participating universities which have an established history in supporting and building ICT capacity in Africa and beyond.


[Members of the ICT4D Consortium attend a workshop in Maputo, Mozambique, in January 2010]

'Alanga' is a word that comes from the Maasai tribe in Tanzania. It describes a type of bird that flies very high, to get the full picture, and is capable of coming down very fast to take action in accomplishing its tasks.

The Alanga ICT4D Consortium also seeks to have that global perspective while taking specific immediate local actions.

More specifically, the Alanga ICT4D Consortium of Higher Education Institutions works to foster socio-economic development by strengthening curricula, teaching and research in information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) - at the participating universities and beyond.

So far, four major results are have come from the work of the consortium.

Result 1. Linking of the two major ICT4D networks of African-EU HEIs to create the ICT4D Consortium. Then Expansion & Results Beyond these two initial networks. 

Result 2. Formulation of a shared ICT4D research agenda.

Result 3. ICT4D research and development.

Result 4. Joint development of ICT4D curricula and teaching materials.

This virtual environment (created using Elgg) serves to capture much of our joint work, and provides a way to expand that work to benefit individuals and institutions in or out of the Consortium around the world.

If you are an individual and would like to join the Consortium, please register to use the environment.

If you represent a university or organization that would like to join the consortium, please contact us via email