Communication for Policy Research (CPR) South-South

Developing countries in general suffer from a shortage of policy intellectuals capable of shaping the policy agenda and regulations that have an impact on economic growth and poverty reduction. This project aims to foster the emergence of a community of policy intellectuals in Africa, Asia and Latin America capable of supporting policy formulation in the area of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and sector performance. It will do so by supporting the capacity building programs of three IDRC recipients: LIRNEasia, Research ICT Africa (RIA) and DIRSI, the Spanish acronym for Regional Dialogue on the Information Society (DIRSI). The programs will follow a common research methodology (peering and mentoring) and evaluation framework (tracking young scholar development). Project activities will consist of an annual regional conference that will include at least one inter-regional session; a set of tutorials that will allow young scholars to interact with international scholars; and an internship program that will see the expansion of exchanges of young scholars between the three regions. The program will also serve to strengthen collaboration, knowledge sharing and cross fertilization of ideas between the three initiatives.

Project ID

106333

Project status

Active

Start Date

Thursday, July 1, 2010

End Date

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Elder, Laurent

Total funding

CA$ 1,263,500

Country(s)

North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Sri Lanka, Peru, South Africa

Project Leader

Rohan Samarajiva

Institution

LirneAsia

Institution Country

Sri Lanka

Institution Website

http://www.lirneasia.net

Project Leader

Dr. Hernan Galperin

Institution

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.iep.org.pe

Project Leader

Alison Gillwald

Institution

Research ICT Africa

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.researchictafrica.net