The organization: The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) is a resource center for ICT for Development (ICT4D). Spider was established in 2004 and is based at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University. Spider is primarily financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), with complementary funding from Stockholm University. The organization’s mission is to support the innovative use of ICT for development and poverty reduction through synergistic partnerships, while strengthening the global ICT4D knowledge base through networking, brokering, and open information sharing.


The Relationship: In December 2011, Spider organized a workshop in Phnom Penh to explore the possibility of supporting ICT4D projects in Cambodia. This workshop resulted in four Spider supported projects which led to the SPIDER ICT4D Cambodia Network.

In addition, the InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia received a one year grant from Spider focused on creating an Interactive Voice Response Systems for Support of Women and Children.  InSTEDD’s Verboice tool, which is part of our technology platform, is an open source Interactive Voice Response system that lets users create and run applications via voice, thereby overcoming literacy and geographical barriers.  Our main partners in this project are the Open Institute and the Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia.

The collaboration will increase support for women and children on issues related to health and safety by raising their awareness through relevant and easy information access created in their local language.

Website: http://www.spidercenter.org