Annual Reports

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SPIDER annual report 2020

Digitalisation and a global pandemic

2020 will be remembered for how Covid-19 completely changed life for many people with far reaching socioeconomic consequences. Covid-19 made SPIDER’s vision of an interconnected world where digital solutions enable everyone to have their needs met and their voices heard, more relevant than ever before.

The pandemic has shown clearly that ICTs are indispensable to keep society running. With restrictions closing down parts of or entire societies, the possibility to move online for work, school or access to other services became vital. It also showed the huge difference in ICT access, making the gap between those who have and those who have not grown wider, and whose jobs could move online or not.

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SPIDER annual report 2019

SDGs and digitalisation

SPIDER takes a look at how the past year’s work that is reported has contributed to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Highlights include:

  • National adoption of career counselling app developed at the ICT4D solutions incubator
  • Digital books created to improve literacy and numeracy skills for children in the Nyarasugu refugee camp
  • Mobile colposcopes greatly increased cervical cancer screening numbers in rural Uganda
  • SPIDER starts working with Somalia to improve maternal and child health care systems
  • High speed wifi coverage and increased bandwith at the Makerere university campus
  • New ipid chapters in southern Africa and Asia
  • First round with participants from Francophone African regulators

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Dewdrops on spider web with orange background. Cover of SPIDER annual report 2016


SPIDER bi-lateral partners UMSA and UDSM entered a ground breaking south-south collaboration when the research managment system developed in UMSA’s project was shared with UDSM for use and futher development by UDSM. 

The Penthio event in Abuja brought SPIDER network leaders together for training and connection between networks.


SPIDER expanded work to new countries: Zambia and Myanmar. Open calls for projects in health and education were completed.

A pilot programme capacity building ICT Regulators was successfully completed and turned into ICT Regulation – Policy and Practice with two classes per year starting in 2017.


Sida confirmed continued support to SPIDER until the end of 2019. July 1st marks the start of the current agreement.

Finalising the agreement took until the end of the year which allowed SPIDER to dedicate the first six months of the 2015-2019 programme to planning and preparing for the coming work.


SPIDER shifted focus and started to support smaller organisations with closer local ties.

Regional and/or thematical networks for knowledge sharing and collaboration were started.

Swedish universities contributed to an empirically grounded project follow up gave theoretical context to projects.

Audit reports

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External evaluations

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Evaluation of Spider´s Project and Research Performance 2011-2013.


Management response to evaluation 2011-2013


The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER). Sida Review 2009:07.

2010 University Projects

Evaluation of the SPIDER program “ICT Project Collaboration with Swedish Partner Universities 2007-2009

2010 IPID

the International network for Post Graduate Students in the Area of ICT4D.