Advancing Evidence Based Policymaking and Regulation to Ensure Greater Participation in ICTs (LIRNEasia Phase II)

Significant strides have been made in closing the digital divide in Asia, mainly due to the proliferation of mobile telephones. Close to a billion people, some among the poorest segments of society, have joined the mobile information society. Much of the explosion in mobile telephone usage can be attributed to regulatory reform, especially the liberalization of telecommunications markets, and subsequent increased investment in the telecommunications sector.

LIRNEasia seeks to build the capacity of local researchers and policymakers for evidence-based ICT-related interventions in the public policy process. To this end, it undertakes action research on institutional constraints to the effective use of ICTs. The first phase of LIRNEasia was funded under project 103017.

The current phase of will undertake four interrelated research modules: a multi-country examination of how people at the bottom of the pyramid use ICTs; an exploration of how people are beginning to use mobiles for services beyond voice; a module concerned with improving measurement of the ICT sector and its performance (national statistical offices will collaborate in this work); and a small module intended to facilitate mutual learning within LIRNE.NET. These four research components will provide a basis for capacity-building and advocacy activities, foremost among which is Communications Policy Research South (CPRsouth), a yearly conference that focuses on developing thoughtful and well-informed policy intellectuals through tutorials for young scholars and internships. In addition, the project will provide training for regulatory agency and statistical organization staff.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

End Date

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Elder, Laurent

Total funding

CA$ 2,649,674


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Rohan Samarajiva



Institution Country

Sri Lanka

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