Information Society for the South

Much of the research examining information and communication technology (ICT) for development or, more broadly, the information society, has focused on situations commonly found in the North (developed countries). As a result, many of the prescriptions and recommended solutions are irrelevant to the needs and priorities of people living in the South. Recognizing that ICTs and the information society have far-reaching implications for power relationships, this project will examine these issues as they are embedded in existing historical, social, political and economic circumstances, and as they affect different user groups. Researchers will examine the information society with respect to three key domains: social development policy, citizenship and gender. The idea is to maximize the opportunity to solve development problems in the emerging information society of the South.

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Start Date

Monday, October 1, 2007

End Date

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Sayo, Phet

Total funding

CA$ 284,300


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Parminder Jeet Singh

Project Leader

Anita Gurumurthy


IT for Change

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