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.

Project ID

104921

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Friday, August 1, 2008

End Date

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Duration

30 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 948,653

Countries

Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Ang Peng Hwa

Institution

Nanyang Technological University

Institution Country

Singapore

Institution Website

http://www.ntu.edu.sg