mHealth4Afrika - Lessons Learnt and Good Practices from Co-Designing Technology Solutions for Resource Constrained Environments


Many children and teachers in under-served communities lack access to educational resources limiting the quality of education that they receive. The speakers of this session will present results from projects in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Pakistan that provide access to educational resources and an inclusive learning environment using assistive technologies.


Miriam Cunningham is Head of Research, IST-Africa Institute. Miriam is a Senior technology and innovation expert with over 25 years experience working with education and research, industry and government organisations (including the European Commission and World Bank). Miriam specialises in contributing to policy analysis, research capacity building, adaptation and implementation of appropriate technology in low resource environments.

Miriam has extensive practical experience undertaking needs assessment, evaluating, monitoring and assessing of Research and Innovation (R&I) projects in Europe and Africa as well as field experience creating, implementing and managing large scale cross-border digital technology innovation oriented projects in Europe and Africa.

Miriam is an active IEEE volunteer with several leadership roles including IEEE SSIT Board of Governors, IEEE SSIT UK and Ireland Chapter Chair and 2023 IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board Member chairing the Ad Hoc Committee on SIGHT Best Practices.

Presentation date: 31 October 2023