The open call was designed to identify independent policy research organizations committed to using research to inform and influence national-level policies on digital rights, cybersecurity, and innovation.
Of the 59 eligible expressions of interest received, three were selected from each of the regions (Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia) and asked to submit full proposals.
Following rigorous evaluations by a panel of external experts, the following three think tanks were selected:
- Research ICT Africa, South Africa
- Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico
- Centre for Internet and Society, India
The Cyber Policy Centres initiative was established in 2017 to strengthen independent policy research institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America by providing support and mentorship to build research and policy capacity in the key areas of digital rights, cybersecurity, and innovation policy. In this way, the initiative will help ensure that policymakers in the Global South consistently use objective evidence resulting from high quality research to inform decisions on cyber policy related issues.