Regional Dialogue on the Information Society (DIRSI) - Phase II

The Regional Dialogue on the Information Society Network (DIRSI) is a network of practitioners and institutions that supports effective participation in the information society by poor and marginalized communities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). IDRC has supported DIRSI under a first-phase (103371) and a bridging grant (105241).

This grant will allow DIRSI to work with a variety of stakeholders to better understand the challenges and opportunities of the changing information and communication technology (ICT) environment; to identify creative pro-poor policy solutions; and to ensure that those solutions are effectively introduced at the regional and the national level.

Given that mobile phones are now common among even the poorest sectors of society, the project will focus on innovative policy solutions to universal access challenges (Bandwidth for All and Mobile Opportunities 2.0) and ways of measuring the performance of the ICT sector in providing appropriate and affordable services to the poor. In addition to the aforementioned regional elements, the project will include an ICT policy rapid response fund to provide expert research or advice to government and civil society as required, and a small grants competition on DIRSI themes for young researchers.

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Start Date

Monday, March 23, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 822,358


North and Central America, South America


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Roxana Barrantes


Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

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