Development Research to Empower All Mongolians through Information Communication Technology - DREAM IT

Poor infrastructure, extreme climate, environmental degradation, political instability and a dispersed population are some of the challenges facing Mongolia. Both state and civil society actors are looking to information technology and the development of an information economy as a way of addressing these challenges. However, very little is known about the actual role that information and communication technology (ICT) efforts to date have played in socioeconomic development. And, a scoping exercise carried out under project 104434 highlighted the arrival of new opportunities in ICT, such as the growth in mobile telephone access.

This grant will allow Mongolian researchers and practitioners to investigate and develop ICT applications on matters of critical importance to the Mongolian people in the areas of health, environment, education, livelihood and governance. More specifically, the research will focus on improving education delivery in remote areas using cellphones, television and the Internet; evaluating and enhancing the ICT curriculum in tertiary institutions; optimizing the provision of government services to citizens; designing a community-based information system for the Gobi ecosystem; piloting online counseling services for health professionals; and strengthening citizen-government engagement in democratic institutions.

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Project status


Start Date

Friday, January 2, 2009

End Date

Friday, September 27, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Sayo, Phet

Total funding

CA$ 1,353,057


Far East Asia, Mongolia, Central Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Enkhbold Gombo


Datacom Co. Ltd

Institution Country