Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment (GRACE) - Phase II

It has been demonstrated that information and communication technology (ICT) is deeply gendered in its design, production and use. As a result, the proliferation of ICTs in the developing world is understood and experienced by men and women in different ways. To understand the complexity of these differences necessitates deep and nuanced qualitative research and analysis.

The first phase of the project (102508) examined the use of ICTs by African women; whether and how African women utilize ICTs to improve their lives; the barriers that prevent African women from using ICTs for empowerment; and how the aforementioned barriers are being addressed. The research is grounded in the understanding that women's agency is the crucial factor in empowerment through the use of ICTs.

This phase will continue building the capacity of the GRACE network to investigate the relationship between men, women, ICTs and empowerment; to enrich the research methodology with additional action-directed, participatory and qualitative methods; and to expand the reach of the network to include researchers in Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Saturday, March 1, 2008

End Date

Monday, October 1, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 2,608,760


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


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Ineke Buskens


Grace Project

Institution Country

South Africa

Project Leader

Ineke Buskens


Research for the Future CC

Institution Country

South Africa