CIS-VU has implemented a range of projects in developing countries with a variety of academic partners, research institutes, civil society and the private sector. Amongst others:

Whater Harvesting Technologies Revisited, Potentials for innovation, improvements and upscaling in sub-Saharan Africa, was funded by the EU-FP7 programme for Research and Technological Development (RTD). WHaTeR aims at strengthening rain-fed agriculture, rural livelihoods and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stimulating Community Initiatives in Sustainable Land Management’ (SCI-SLM) identifies innovative forms of land management amongst communities in Africa. The premise is that some local community innovations succeed, where formal research has failed. Initiatives regarding land, water or plant resources demonstrate the capacity of local communities to solve problems of land degradation through local innovation.

VOice-based Community-cEntric mobile Services for social development. There is a widespread agreement that ICT services have the potential to play a major role in furthering social and rural development in developing economies. Market penetration and rural community adoption of basic mobile telephony and services are opening opportunities, but in order to realize the full potential of ICT services, important challenges and obstacles must be overcome. This is what the VOICES project sets out to do.

The Web alliance for Regreening in Africa (W4RA) is an initiative to improve knowledge sharing in rural areas in Africa. W4RA applies a community-centered, approach of co-creation for the development of innovative, adaptive technologies which are fully adapted to the local context and the local needs.