Investigating the Social and Economic Impact of Public Access to Information and Communication Technologies

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in a number of public access to information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives through its global libraries program. IDRC has explored the use of telecentres in many developing countries. As investment in public access to ICT grows, questions are being raised about its social and economic impact. This joint initiative on the part of the Foundation and the Centre is committed to exploring these questions in the context of emerging and developing economies.

Researchers will undertake longitudinal and comparative research on the impact of different models of public access (libraries, telecentres, cyber cafés, shared access mobiles, etc.). The research will look at both positive and negative impacts in areas such as employment and income, education level, civic engagement, government transparency, democracy, culture and language preservation, and public health.

The idea is to inform future investment and advance overall understanding of public access to ICT.

Project ID

104714

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Thursday, October 18, 2007

End Date

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Duration

60 months

IDRC Officer

Elder, Laurent

Total funding

CA$ 7,863,913

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Mr Ari Katz

Institution

International Research and Exchanges Board Inc.

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.irex.org

Project Leader

Rodrigo Garrido

Institution

Universidad de la Frontera

Institution Country

Chile

Institution Website

http://www.ufro.cl

Project Leader

Anaya Raihan

Project Leader

Syeed Ahamed

Project Leader

Ananya Raihan

Institution

D.Net

Institution Country

Bangladesh

Institution Website

http://www.dnet-bangladesh.org

Project Leader

Jonas Kupinas

Institution

Private Limited Company S4ID

Institution Country

Lithuania

Institution Website

http://www.s4id.com

Project Leader

Marta Voelcker

Institution

Fundacao Pensamento Digital

Institution Country

Brazil

Institution Website

http://www.pensamentodigital.org.br

Project Leader

Maria Juanita R. Macapagal

Institution

IdeaCorp Inc.

Institution Country

Philippines

Project Leader

Jorge Bossio

Institution

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.iep.org.pe

Institution

Recipient(s) to be Determined -- Holding Tank

Institution Country

Canada

Project Leader

Christopher Coward

Project Leader

Christopher T. Coward

Institution

University of Washington

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.washington.edu/resarch/osp

Project Leader

Godfred Frempong

Institution

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Institution Country

Ghana

Institution Website

http://www.csir.org.gh

Project Leader

Juan Enrique Hinostroza Sheel

Institution

Fundacion de Desarrollo Educacional La Araucania

Institution Country

Chile

Institution Website

http://www.iie.cl

Project Leader

Dr. Jacint Jordana Casajuana

Project Leader

Dr. Francisco J. Proenza

Institution

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Institution Country

Spain