Purpose/Objectives of the Chair/UNITWIN Network
The UNESCO Chair in ICT4D focuses on how ICTs are used for development, and especially on how they can make a difference to the lives of the poor and marginalised.
The UNESCO Chair focuses on how Information Communication Technology (ICT) can make a difference to the lives of the poor and the marginalised.
The Chair builds on the work of the ICT4D Collective (ICT for Development) and ICT4D Interdisciplinary Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London which focuses on research, postgraduate training, and the delivery of workshops.
Its work helps to ensure that ICTs are used more effectively to enable poor and marginalised people and communities across the world to access information and enhance their livelihood aspirations.
There is also a branch of the UNESCO Chair at Lanzhou University, China.
Chairholder/Coordinator: Professor Tim Unwin CMG
From 2001-2004 he led the UK Prime Minister’s Imfundo: Partnership for IT in Education initiative based within the Department for International Development, and in 2007 and 2008 he was Director and then Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Partnerships for Education Initiative with UNESCO.
His recent research has concentrated on ICT4D, focusing on its use in the context of teacher training in Africa, on a critique of budget support mechanisms in international aid, and on the use of partnerships in ICT4D practice. His latest book, simply entitled ICT4D was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He was formerly Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission from 2009-2014.