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Promoting inclusive development in a networked world
 
The spread of networked technologies, such as mobile phones and the Internet, is transforming developing-country societies at all levels. While these new technologies can foster progress, they can also increase social exclusion and restrict individual rights and freedoms.
 
The Information and Networks (I&N) program explores the positive and negative impacts of widespread access to mobile telephones and the Internet in developing countries. I&N works to promote positive social and economic change, particularly in the areas of creative industries, governance, learning, and science.
 

News

Internet freedom champion Carl Bildt awarded Diefenbaker human rights and freedom award

01/12/2014

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird presented the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award to international digital diplomacy advocate Carl Bildt for his work promoting Internet freedom.    Bildt chairs the Global Commission on...

Research informs Egypt's telecommunications strategy

15/09/2014

​Work championed by IDRC grantee Nagla Rizk contributed to Egypt’s strategy for open source software. In consultation with the private sector, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is encouraging the use of open source...

Featured Publication

LINKING UNIVERSITIES AND MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES<br/>South African Case Studies of Innovation Focused on Livelihoods in Informal Settings

LINKING UNIVERSITIES AND MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES
South African Case Studies of Innovation Focused on Livelihoods in Informal Settings

​South African universities are mandated to promote scholarship that is socially and economically responsive to local contexts. The contribution of universities to innovation is a key driver of economic and social development, but should be more...

Events

Highlight: IDRC sponsors Caribbean symposium on impact of Internet on economic growth

12/05/2015

An IDRC-sponsored symposium exploring the impact of the Internet on economic growth and public service delivery in the Caribbean was held in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, on May 12, 2015. Discussions from the symposium will feed into the 2016 World...

Highlight: Kenya selects first research chair on health systems

31/03/2015

The Kenya National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), in collaboration with IDRC, launched Kenya’s first Research Chair on March 31, 2015 in Nairobi. Professor Fabian Omoding Esamai, the current Principal of Moi...

Latest Project

Copyright and Innovation in the Developing World

This project will provide evidence to support governments grappling with intellectual property issues in an age of user-generated content on the Internet. It will explore the difference copyright law makes to economic, social, and cultural outcomes. …


Latest Results

An IDRC-funded project has enhanced the research capacity of 15 emerging information society scholars in Africa, Asia, and Latin America through grants, mentorship, and training. Thanks to the project, more researchers from developing countries are...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentTeacher education program explores building professional learning communities in IndiaInformation Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Latest Results

IDRC-supported conferences, tutorials, and internships in Asia, Africa and Latin America are building the capacity of young researchers to inform telecommunications policy. Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) conferences showcase the...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentTeacher education program explores building professional learning communities in IndiaInformation Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Latest Results

Two recently published open access books present the findings of IDRC-funded research exploring the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries. These books provide important insights into the increasingly...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policy New books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentTeacher education program explores building professional learning communities in IndiaInformation Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Latest Results

IDRC supports the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, which aims to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries through a better understanding of the use and impact of open...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to development Teacher education program explores building professional learning communities in IndiaInformation Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Latest Results

A robust network of researchers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has delved down to the household level to better understand the changes brought about by increased access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the developing...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentTeacher education program explores building professional learning communities in India Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology
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