What is CITANDA?

Research Mandate

CITANDA is a research unit housed within the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. It is the vehicle through which research in the department is branded and a conduit for drawing together research emanating from staff members.


CITANDA aims to bring together researchers, projects, funders, and programmes focused on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the service of national development. Many policy analysts, government leaders, industry pundits and development specialists look to ICT for assistance in achieving social, economic, political, cultural and human resource development goals nationally, regionally, or in terms of an industry sector. Our goal is to become the leading centre of development and research activity for this important effort in Africa.

To achieve this goal, CITANDA actively seeks partners for research and development studies that complement our existing educational and research programs. In particular we would be interested in (but not limited to) research and international development studies in the following areas: The Impact of ICTs on Economic Development; Information Systems and Practices in Development Contexts; ICT for Development Projects and Evaluation of such Projects; ICT for Development Field Studies in Southern Africa; e-/m- Commerce for Development Studies and Evaluation.

CITANDA also provides consulting assistance in areas directly related to its research and teaching activities: postgraduate and graduate multidisciplinary education in ICT and National Development, ICT Policy Development, and ICT for Educational Programme Development.

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