IDRC-supported research has shown that, as more and more people go online in Asia, digital privacy is increasingly seen as an important political and consumer right. A survey of Asian countries revealed widespread concern among citizens about protecting their personal data and Internet privacy. The report, A New Dawn: Privacy in Asia, summarizes the findings of the research.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 14:30
Research in Action
EvaluationCapacity buildingInformation and Communication
An innovative IDRC initiative is improving evaluation capacities of researchers studying Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD). Developing Evaluation Capacity in ICTD (DECI) provides researchers from five IDRC-funded projects in Asia ongoing mentorship to learn and apply the Utilization Focused Evaluation (UFE) approach to their projects. DECI demonstrates the value of mentoring as a training approach, where researchers are coached as they make ready to use the approach.
An IDRC-funded project in Asia found that distance education can be as effective as traditional face-to-face education in delivering quality teaching and a good learning experience. This finding is particularly significant for remote and resource-poor regions in countries such as Mongolia and Cambodia. The project underscored the importance of choosing appropriate technologies and mediums of distance education based on learner needs, capacities, and the socio-economic context.
IDRC supports the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, which aims to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries through a better understanding of the use and impact of open educational resources.
High-speed Internet access, or broadband, can effectively contribute to economic and social development, but only when it is combined with investments in human capital, such as teacher training and digital literacy programs for women, according to a study in Latin America.