Research Capacity Building on ICT4D in the Middle East and North Africa

Research assessing the outcomes and impacts of information and communication technology (ICT) on social and human development is new to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This project aims to encourage MENA researchers to undertake multidisciplinary social science research on ICT for development (ICT4D). It will do so by convening a workshop on ICT4D research methodologies in the context of the ICTD2009 Conference to be held in Doha, Qatar, 17-19 April 2009. Between 20 and 25 individuals will be selected on a competitive basis to take part in the workshop. Four or five trainers/coaches will provide a program composed of training, brainstorming and group activity. The grant will also cover the cost of "Platinum Sponsorship" of the ICTD2009 Conference (US $50 000) and several scholarships for IDRC-funded partners. As follow-up to the workshop, a small grants program is envisaged to encourage the application of the knowledge acquired.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

End Date

Thursday, March 31, 2011


12 months

IDRC Officer

El Zaim, Adel

Total funding

CA$ 190,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Qatar

Project Leader

M. Bernardine Dias, Ph.D.


Carnegie Mellon University

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website