Senior Program Officer
Information and Networks
information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), open development, e-government, evaluationLanguages:
English, Spanish, DutchBased in:
Matthew Smith oversees research on how information networks can be used to promote open, inclusive and rights based information societies in the south.
Before joining IDRC in 2008, Smith completed postgraduate research on the interaction between technology and society, in particular the impact of e-government systems on citizens’ trust in the government Chile. Smith also studied e-government in Latin America for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has published on this subject and others, including the role of openness to broaden access and inclusion.
Smith holds a PhD in information systems and an MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (England), as well as an MSc in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).For more on Smith’s work: Open development: A new theory for ICT4DInformation Technology and International Development Matthew Smith and IDRC: Think Globally, Act GloballyICT, development, and poverty reduction: Five emerging storiesInformation Technology and International Development