Senior Program Officer
Information and Networks
information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), open development, e-government, evaluationLanguages:
English, Spanish, DutchBased in:
Matthew Smith is a Senior Program Officer for the Information and Networks program, and 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, specifically the impact of e-government systems on citizens’ trust in the government in 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, as well as on the role of openness in international development. He is also co-editor of Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development, published in 2013 by MIT Press.
Smith holds a PhD in information systems and an MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds an MSc in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh.
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