Small Grants Program : Strengthening ICTD Research Capacity in Asia (SIRCA)

There is growing recognition that information and communication technology (ICT) can play a critical role in influencing the livelihoods and capabilities of individuals in developing Asia. On the one hand, ICTs can provide access to tools and content to improve economic conditions, strengthen social networks, democratize the flow of information, and reduce risk to citizens from pandemics and natural disasters. On the other hand, ICTs can be used to engage in exclusionary or criminal practices, or contribute to unintended economic, political and psychosocial phenomenon. Either way, there is a need for methodologically sound and scientifically rigorous social science research in the field of ICT for development (ICT4D or ICTD) to elucidate how ICTs are positively and negatively affecting Asian society.

This project will address this need by funding a competitive small grants program, accompanied by ongoing mentorship and a number of capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities.

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Start Date

Friday, August 1, 2008

End Date

Saturday, December 31, 2011


30 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 948,653


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Ang Peng Hwa


Nanyang Technological University

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