Information and Networks in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa: Strengthening Research Capacity

This project seeks to provide capacity-building support to develop and implement the Information and Networks in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (INASSA) research program. INASSA is focused on producing credible, high-quality evidence on the influence of digital initiatives in the areas of governance, science, learning, and entrepreneurship in the creative industries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The program also shares knowledge to enhance policy dialogues and practices in these areas.

IDRC and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development established INASSA with a joint investment of CA$18.5 million over four years. The program will build an evidence base that highlights the links between the growing use of digital information networks and economic growth, democratic reform, and increased educational opportunities in developing countries. It will also identify the most effective strategies for harnessing these opportunities in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

INASSA aims to raise awareness of options that:
-Enhance the quality of openness;
-Protect citizens', consumers', and creators' rights; and,
-Include marginalized communities.

Project ID


Project status


End Date

Friday, March 15, 2019


48 months

IDRC Officer

Laurent Elder

Total funding

CA$ 1,357,617


South of Sahara