Technologies for Social Inclusion and Public Policies in Latin America

Latin American governments, academics and nongovernmental organizations are paying increasing attention to poverty, inequality and social inclusion, and the role that technological change plays in these phenomenon. Rather than solving specific deficits, they are interested in how social technologies can generate capacity to sort out social problems, alleviate poverty, generate income and provide for the basic needs of the excluded population. Using a case study methodology, researchers will map social technology interventions, assess their performance and impact, and examine the organizational capacity of the implementing institutions (nongovernmental organizations, firms, public laboratories and universities). They will also train developers, researchers and policymakers in best practices leading to the successful deployment of social technology. The research will be carried out in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay, with special attention to the following sectors: food production, energy, health care, housing and water management.

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Start Date

Monday, October 19, 2009

End Date

Friday, October 19, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Bortagaray, Isabel

Total funding

CA$ 407,800


Argentina, South America, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, North and Central America


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Hernan Eduardo Thomas


Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

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Renato Peixoto Dagnino


University National of Campinas

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