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.

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Project status


Start Date

Thursday, July 1, 2010

End Date

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Elder, Laurent

Total funding

CA$ 1,263,500


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


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Rohan Samarajiva



Institution Country

Sri Lanka

Institution Website

Project Leader

Dr. Hernan Galperin


Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

Institution Country


Institution Website

Project Leader

Alison Gillwald


Research ICT Africa

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website