Research Capacity Peer Mentorship Program: Case Study on the ICT and Development Conference

The Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2012) will take place 12-15 March 2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, USA. ICTD is the world's premier conference examining the role of computers and communications in social, economic and political development. The conference consists of two days of single-track paper presentations that have made it through a rigorous peer review process and two days of open sessions including workshops, panels and creative events.

At past conferences, scholars from institutions based in Europe or the United States have dominated the single-track paper presentations. Those few papers accepted from the South have been from major multinational companies with foreign laboratory facilities, such as Microsoft Research, India. This action-research project will consist of a collaborative peer mentorship program designed to build ICTD research capacity in the South. The program will target skills related to producing papers for the peer review process, along with an open session workshop that will offer a platform for Southern researchers to present their scholarship to an international audience.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

End Date

Thursday, January 10, 2013


12 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 134,970


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, India, United States


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Michael L. Best


Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Institution Country

United States

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