This page contains the names of all participants attending this workshop. For IDRC-supported projects, each participant is listed in conjunction with the project he/she is representing, as well as a brief description of the project. Please note that these are not shown in any particular order.

1. PAN Localization (PANl10n) –

Participants: Ammara Shabbir; Mumit Khan

Only 5% of Asia’s population understands a foreign, Western language such as English. The other 95% collectively speak, read and write any number of the 3,500 languages extant in Asia. The first phase of PANL10n focused on building human capacity in R&D and technological expertise. The second phase is further strengthening the technology R&D capacity among the partners, as well as exploring open source alternatives mobile phone applications. Intellectual Property (IP) licensing particularly with respect to content will be addressed with a commons perspective. The languages covered in Phase 1 were: Pashto (Afghanistan), Bangla (Bangladesh), Dzongkha (Bhutan), Khmer (Cambodia), Lao (Lao PDR), Nepali (Nepal) and Sinhala & Tamil (Sri Lanka). Phase II, which began in 2007, adds Mongolia, Pakistan and Tibet (China).

2. Pan Asia Networking Distance and Open Resource Access (PANdora) –

Participant: Shriram Raghunathan

PANdora consists of nine separate sub-projects being implemented in 11 countries. These sub-projects cover a wide range of research topics, including the accessibility, acceptance, and effects of distance learning technologies; the viability of short message system technologies; the effectiveness of open source software for distance learning; and current practices in course development, instructional design and training strategies. The research questions posed endeavour to determine the most effective means of developing and delivering distance learning technology to make education more accessible, gender and culture sensitive, user-friendly, collaborative, cost-effective, and specific to different environments and learning styles. The second three-year phase of PANdora will begin in 2009.

3. iREACH –

Participant: Sean O Siochru; Sarun Im

In Cambodia, new information and communication technologies (ICTs) hardly exists outside a few major cities, although its mobile phone network has been fast developing in recent years – albeit still inaccessible and unaffordable to very poor rural communities. Cambodia’s national ICT policy framework is in a formative stage, receptive to policy research and strategy development for the digital inclusion of poor rural areas. The objective of this Project is to support collaboration between key actors from government, NGOs, academia and business in Cambodia to design a new approach to implementing and mainstreaming universal access to ICTs. There are four components to the action and grounded policy research. The first two components include two comparative “e-community” pilots in the Kep fishing community and the Kamchay Mear farming community.

4. PAN Asian Collaboration for Evidence-based e-Health Adoption and Application (PANACeA) –

Participants: Shariq Khoja; Angelo Ramos; Richard Scott

PANACeA is a regional research network that aims to generate evidence in the field of e-health within the Asian context, by forming a network of researchers and research projects from developing Asian countries. The network consists of eight multi-country research projects. Given that among the biggest challenges at this time is the lack of scientific evidence to convince the decision-makers at the institutional and government levels about the benefits of e-health in the local context, this project is designed to generate research findings based on evidence and health outcomes. Each project is driven by a specific health need and the e-health solution addresses one or more of the following domains: prevention/surveillance, administration, clinical, education, and research.

5. OpenNet Initiative –Asia –

Participants: Al Alegre; Rafal Rohozinski

The OpenNet Initiative – Asia (ONI-Asia) is a networked project that seeks to understand the technical and social aspects of digital censorship and surveillance (C&S) across different countries in South and Southeast Asia, and to promote more transparent, participatory and democratic policies and practices. The project model includes collaborative research, policy engagement, and capacity development. In addition to several projects that examine Internet C&S at the state level and within workplaces, the project will break new ground in the areas of mobile censorship and surveillance, as well as build a better understanding of the issues related to gender, sexuality and the culture of censorship in Asian countries.

6. Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) Phase II –

Participants: Chat Garcia

The overarching goal of Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) Phase II is to strengthen gender evaluation practice among key actors in the field of ICT for development in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. GEM II will build on this process by adapting the GEM tool, applying it, building capacity and providing support and resources, working with established projects and processes. The current proposed phase will test if this is achievable in the broader ICT4D community, and if it can be achieved in practice, working with an end-to-end approach in four specific areas of ICT4D practice: telecentres, localization, ICT projects in rural communities and national ICT policy processes.

7. PAN-Governance

Participant: Pie Felisse M. Lucero

This regional research network, which will examine e-governance in Asia, is currently under development. A variety of research projects will contribute toward a body of evidence that serves to better understand which technological innovations are best suited to contribute to the solutions of the development problems in governance

8. Country ICT4D Program in Mongolia

Participant: Enkhbold. G

This country programming initiative, which is currently under development, seeks to support a number of research projects that address all three of PAN’s programming pillars: Policies, Technologies, and Effects. A series of workshops and site visits have contributed to a set of refined to include within the holistic program. The purpose of this sort of project is to build linkages among different ICT4D practitioners, researchers and policy-makers, in an effort to carry greater influence and more sustained research capacity building.

9. ICTs and Urban Micro-enterprises: Identifying and Maximizing Opportunities for Economic Development

Participant: P. Vigneswara ilavarasan

In India, where ICT penetration rates have been increasing at a rapid pace – especially in urban centers – there is a need to understand what roles can ICTs play in poverty reduction in urban centres. This project, which will use Mumbai as a case study, seeks to deepen the understanding of the interplay between ICTs and SMEs. It will focus on three key areas, notably: 1) current and potential patterns of mobile phone, PC and cybercafé use 2) relationships between different ICTs and the stability or growth of urban micro-enterprises and 3) identifying urban micro-enterprises and micro-entrepreneurs that will most likely benefit from using different ICTs.

10. African Copyright and Access to Knowledge Project (ACA2K)

Participant: Bassem Awad

The African Copyright and Access to Knowledge Project (ACA2K) seeks to build the capacity in Africa to research and better understand the copyright environment that would facilitate citizen’s access to digital and hard copy learning materials. Bringing together a research team from Egypt, Ghana,  Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda, the project will analyse whether national copyright legislations are taking advantage of the exceptions and limitations allowed by international copyright treaties.

11. Capacity Building and Institutional Support for the Association of Progressive Communications: Phase II

Participant: Karen Higgs

This is the second phase of institutional support being provided by IDRC to the Association of Progressive Communications (APC). The first phase enabled APC to grow and improve different systems, strengthen strategic planning processes, and supported the use of outcome mapping for APC’s 2008-2012 strategic plan. This new phase of institutional support includes an emphasis on resource mobilisation strategies and longer term financial sustainability, as well as an exploration in ICTs and climate change and environmental sustainability; documenting APC’s experience as a global virtual organization; and developing a guide to information dissemination and media relations for non-profit social change organizations.

12. Knowledge Networking for Rural Development in Asia-Pacific Region – ENRAP Phase III

Participants: Shalini Kala; Apoorva Mishra

This third phase of ENRAP aims to strengthen knowledge sharing among IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) projects for rural poverty reduction by discussing and demonstrating networking practices of national and regional networks and by making accessible to network members, ICT applications that have proven successful in improving rural livelihoods. The latter will be done by design and implementation of a few pilots and by widely disseminating results of these. This phase will cover all projects of IFAD in all countries in Asia-Pacific where IFAD is active.

13. Strengthening ICTD Research Capacity in Asia (SIRCA)

Participant: Grace Kwan

SIRCA is a competitive grants program that is designed to strengthen capacities to conduct social science research in the area of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD or ICT4D) by promoting broad-based high-quality multidisciplinary research in, amongst others, the development of telecommunications, Internet e-services, and new media, their adoption, usage and social impact, and the resultant policy implications for the benefit and advancement of individuals, organizations, nations and society. The program supports projects that are grounded in social sciences, yet can draw on other relevant disciplines to complement the research design. SIRCA places special emphasis on two aspects: i) strengthening the theoretical basis and methodological rigor if social science research conducted by Asian scholars; and ii) providing targeted capacity development activities and mechanisms to help grant recipients.

14.  Information Society for the South / Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society.

Participant: Anita Gurumurthy

Much of the research to date examining ICTD (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) issues, or more broadly, the Information Society (IS), tends to focus on situations commonly found in developed countries (the North).

As a result, many of the IS policy prescriptions and recommended solutions are ahistorical and often irrelevant to the needs and priorities of people living in the South. Recognizing that ICTs and the Information Society have far-reaching implications for relationships, opportunities and challenges, this project examines these issues as they are embedded in existing historical, social, political and economic circumstances. Moreover, it considers different users and user groups participating in the Information Society – including different gender and power dynamics – at the practical and political levels, and builds evidence toward understanding the positive and negative impacts of ICT use and engagement. Three key domains have been identified for the research agenda, notably a) social development policy in the IS b) IS and citizenship and c) gender in the IS. These issues are examined through consideration of dominant theories, discourses and vocabulary, as well as empirical examples drawn from primary data collection. Anita is also developing a Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society program for PAN.

IDRC Staff Participants

Laurent Elder, Pan Asia Networking

Kathleen Flynn-Dapaah, Pan Asia Networking

Maria Ng, Senior Program, Pan Asia Networking

Phet Sayo, Pan Asia Networking

Chaitali Sinha, Pan Asia Networking

Reena Prasad, Pan Asia Networking

Khaled Fourati, Acacia

Heloise Emdon, Acacia

Sarah Earl, Evaluation Unit

Kevin Conway, Communications

Maria Brunelli, Communications

Prabha Sethuraman, Communications

Stephen McGurk, Director, Regional Office for South Asia



  1. Hi all

    Am part of the ONI Asia network as a project implementor (one regional one on mobile telephony, and one for the Philippines)…

    Have just been recently nominated to be the Regional Coordinator, and still easing into the role… my experiences to be shared in this workshop will be more of the former (project implementor) rather than the latter (coordinator)…

    Al Alegre

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