The RIP programme
The programme is a three-year international collaborative programme between UWC
(Department of Information Systems and the CoLab for e-Inclusion and Social Innovation)
and two Belgian universities (the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University).
This programme, also called “the RIP programme” (“Research Initiative Programme”), is
funded by VLIR-UOS, the international university collaboration programme of the Flemish
Interuniversity Council (VLIR). The RIP programme is a follow-up on a ten-year programme
of collaboration between UWC and various Flemish universities.
The programme engages with key issues relating to digital interventions in communities: the
models and methodologies to be used to ensure full and active participation of the
community; and developing the capabilities of a corps of experts that are able to handle these
approaches and methodologies (including monitoring and evaluation (M&E)). The ultimate
objective is to enable communities to invent local solutions to challenges they experience, by
using the technology that is available.
The programme provides funding for master’s and PhD students, amongst others to spend
part of their research time at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, as well as for joint workshops and
exchange visits by colleagues from the partner institutions.