CPRsouth Young Scholars are likely to become the most policy engaged

The Young Scholars’ Program conducted alongside the annual CPRsouth conference has been offered eleven times since January 2007, with the support of IDRC. The purpose of both events is to develop policy intellectuals in the global south. A tracer study conducted in 2016 found that those who had participated in the Read more

Session 9: ICTs for learning and teaching

Moderator: Ashok Jhunjhunwala | Discussant: Sujata Gamage Enumerating the obstacles of accelerating the use of digital classroom: Lessons from Bangladesh Md Abu Sayed, Moinul Zaber, Parvez Mosharaf slides | paper | policy-brief Students’ Conceptual Reasoning in Secondary School Computer Applications through Meta-Cognitive Strategy Opeyemi Oluseyi Dairo slides | paper | policy-brief

Session 8: ICTs to achieve broader public-policy objectives

Moderator: Jean Paul Simon | Discussant: Christoph Stork Leveraging big data to support measurement of the Sustainable Development Goals Thavisha Perera-Gomez, Sriganesh Lokanathan slides | paper | policy-brief Recommendations: Explore public-private partnerships The current data ecosystem may need to be expanded to include other entities that produce/generate data outside the traditional system Read more

Session 6: Platforms and their potential

Moderator: Wallace Chigona | Discussant: Phet Sayo Understanding the factors influencing the take-off of online freelancing in Sri Lanka Suthaharan Perampalam, Helani Galpaya, Laleema Senanayake slides | paper | policy-brief Increase awareness Campaigns Featuring successful freelancers Showcase flexible working hours a positive Increase skills Digital skills Freelancing skills Create knowledge sharing peer Read more

Session 5: Strategies for inclusion

Moderator: Nirmita Narasimhan | Discussant: Ashok Jhunjhunwala Can public Wi-Fi really help redress digital inequality, and if so, how? Emerging lessons from South Africa’s diverse implementations Christopher Geerdts, Alison Gillwald slides | paper | policy-brief Recommendations: Use your Universal Service Funds Here Embed in National Plans Wi-Fi is part of broader approach Read more

Session 4: Addressing potential harms from ICTs

Moderator: Krishna Oolun | Discussant: Phet Sayo Digital surveillance and privacy concerns in the counter-terrorism discourse in Kenya:  Policy implications Fathima Badurdeen slides | paper | policy-brief Freedom from Social Echo Chambers: Policy Implications of an Algorithmic Bias Peter Sleeman, Broc Rademan slides | paper | policy-brief

Session 3: ICTs to improve rural livelihoods

Moderator: Olivier Nana Nzepa | Discussant: Alison Gillwald Enhancing affordability of roof-top solar using communications Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Prabhjot Kaur slides | paper | policy-brief Negotiating Access to Information: the Case of Sri Lankan Cucurbit Farmers Chiranthi Rajapakse,Piyumi Gamage, Andy Dearden, Melissa Densmore, Marion Walton [presented by Helani Galpaya] slides | paper | Read more

Session 1: Evidence for effective policy-making and regulation

Moderator:  Krishna Oolun | Discussant: Monica Kerretts-Makau Analysis instead of summation: Why indices are not enough for ICT policy and regulation. Steve Esselaar, Alison Gillwald, Christoph Stork slides | paper | policy-brief Measuring disbursement efficacy of Universal Service Funds: Case studies from India, Malaysia, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. Rohan Samarajiva, Gayani Hurulle Read more

CPRsouth Young Scholar Tutorials Day 2 Practicum

  Much of the day today was spent on understanding the construction of communications policy research with Sujata Gamage. We started at the policy brief, discussed PICOs (population, intervention, context and outcomes) and discussed research questions, paper titles, theories of change and models. Young Scholars then assessed sample policy briefs, critically Read more

CPRsouth2017 Young Scholar Tutorials Day 1 Q&A

After lunch was an hour of Q&A where participants brought questions and concerns from their countries to the panelists. Rohan, Alison and Helani shared examples of work they’ve already done through LIRNEasia and Research ICT Africa. Alison led the second half of the session with an introduction on how to take research Read more