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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

IDRC announces the 2015 Research Awards

06/06/2014

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues...

IDRC 2014 Research Awards

10/06/2013

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues...

Featured Publication

IDRC contributes to the global fight </br>against HIV/AIDS

IDRC contributes to the global fight
against HIV/AIDS

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was one of the first international donor agencies to recognize the importance of HIV/AIDS as a development issue. Since the mid-1980s, IDRC has taken a broad approach to this research, based...

Events

Fighting poverty with technology: Books explore impacts on lives and livelihoods

07/12/2013

IDRC launched two books documenting its contribution to the field of ICT4D at the sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development in Cape Town, South Africa, December 7–10, 2013. ICTD is the world’s...

IDRC, Government of Canada partners on open government initiative

31/10/2013

The Government of Canada is partnering with an IDRC grantee to launch the Open Data Working Group within the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative.   The World Wide Web Foundation is leading a research network exploring the impact of open...

Latest Project

Microwork and Virtual Production Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

As use of the Internet and mobile technologies in the developing world continues to grow at a high rate, there is potential to provide real income opportunities to poor and unskilled workers. Microwork and new virtual job opportunities in the …


Latest Results

Increasingly, popular sites such as Wikipedia, the world's largest free source of information, shape our understanding of the world. But researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute have found that the online encyclopedia is not always the...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaNew research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverageUsing technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agenda

Latest Results

In August 2013, iHub Research published the results of an IDRC-funded study on developing a Crowdsourcing (information collected from citizens through online platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and text messaging) Framework for Elections. Spanning...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia New research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverageUsing technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agenda

Latest Results

An IDRC-funded project in Asia found that distance education can be as effective as traditional face-to-face education in delivering quality teaching and a good learning experience. This finding is particularly significant for remote and...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaNew research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverage Using technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agenda

Latest Results

An innovative IDRC initiative is improving evaluation capacities of researchers studying Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD). Developing Evaluation Capacity in ICTD (DECI) provides researchers from five IDRC-funded...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaNew research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverageUsing technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agenda

Latest Results

IDRC-supported research has shown that, as more and more people go online in Asia, digital privacy is increasingly seen as an important political and consumer right. A survey of Asian countries revealed widespread concern among citizens about...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaNew research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverageUsing technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agenda
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