Global Network : Integration and Harmonization of ICT Policy and Regulation Regional Research Networks

IDRC has invested in the development of three regional networks focused on issues of inclusive information and communication technology (ICT) policy and regulation: Latin America - REDIS/DIRSI (103371), Asia - LIRNEAsia (103017). Africa - LINK Centre (101584). The three regional research networks were built as components of a global initiative driven by Learning Initiatives on Reforms for Network Economies (LIRNE). LIRNE is a consortium of ICT research and training centres associated with universities and institutes in several countries - Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Uruguay. LIRNE leverages its collective academic knowledge to facilitate ICT policy and regulation for development.

This grant will allow LIRNE to develop new and maintain existing synergies between the participating centres and regional networks, with a view to promoting South-South dialogue and initiatives in support of inclusive policy and regulatory research. Of central importance to the project will be LIRNE's coordination and strategy work in preparation for the Third International Global Knowledge Partnership Conference (GK3), "An Event on the Future," 11-13 December 2007.

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Start Date

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

End Date

Monday, September 1, 2008


18 months

IDRC Officer

Petrazzini, Ben

Total funding

CA$ 275,439


Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa, United Kingdom


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Amy Mahan


Fundación Comunica

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