Climate Change, Innovation, and Information and Communication Technologies

Climate change has the potential to exacerbate development challenges affecting the world's poorest and most vulnerable populations. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) could play a role in helping communities adapt to the impact of climate change in terms of awareness raising, information sharing, early warning, and dissemination of mitigation and preventive strategies. ICTs can facilitate networking and community organization, thereby strengthening local resilience.

This project aims to provide a systematic, rigorous analysis of the potential of ICTs to help prepare for and adapt to climate change in developing regions. Researchers will seek out new knowledge on the relationship between ICTs and climate change adaptation in marginalized communities; produce research-based policy-relevant evidence on the relation between climate change and ICTs; and construct the basis for a longer-term research agenda on the topic. They will review the literature in search of institutions, experts, key themes and emerging priorities; design a sustainable livelihoods approach (SLA) research framework; and prepare six thematic papers and a series of case studies on innovative adaptation strategies that incorporate ICTs.

The material produced will be compiled in an edited volume, a series of strategy briefings and a final policy paper.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, October 1, 2009

End Date

Sunday, July 1, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Larrousse, Delphine

Total funding

CA$ 292,492


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Richard Heeks


University of Manchester

Institution Country

United Kingdom