Research

Research

In times of rapid, digitally-induced change, the knowledge space becomes a key area of capture and contestation. The state of play in the realm of concepts and frameworks is therefore a significant site for critical examination and informed action. Theoretical lenses and empirical facts must be used skilfully to trace who defines emergent social, economic and political ideas and how interests of different actors are impacted. IT for Change has been at the cutting edge of critical research, not only de-constructing dominant approaches and concepts in relation to digital developments, but also articulating alternative frameworks rooted in ideals of social justice and equity.

Current Projects

Platform Policies

2017 - Ongoing
In April 2017, with support from the International Development Research Centre, Canada, IT for Change initiated a multi-country research study to map the key issues/concerns for the rights and inclusion agenda, stemming from pervasive platformisation. Through a detailed analysis of digital platforms, the project seeks to garner insights about key policy implications on access to data, competition, economic opportunity, and innovation.

Online freedom for all = No unfreedom for women

2017 - Ongoing
This is a policy research and advocacy initiative, supported by the WWW Foundation, that seeks to address gaps/lacunae in existing legal-institutional response mechanisms to technology-mediated gender based violence in India and Bangladesh. The starting point of the project is that for women's full and free participation in online spaces, an equality-and-dignity based policy and legislative framework is an urgent imperative. Legal change and social change must go hand in hand.

OER Adoption: Phase II

2017 - Ongoing
As part of the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) network anchored by the University of Cape Town, IT for Change is undertaking an action research project on building a sustainable environment for OER access-creation-curation-publishing. In the first phase of the project, the Karnataka Open Educational Resources(KOER) programme for the co-creation of OER within a teachers' community of learning was studied. The project is currently exploring what it takes to build a scaled-up OER model that can become a systemic approach to teacher professional development in the public education system.

Voice or Chatter?

2016 - 2017
IT for Change carried out a multi-country research study on mapping the conditions under which ICT mediated citizen engagement can have a transformative impact on governance structures and processes. This research was supported by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) consortium. Together with a state-of-art-analysis of the policy context, a case study of one micro-level initiative of ICT-enabled citizen participation was carried out for the following countries: Brazil, Colombia, India, Kenya, Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, and Uruguay.

E-government and Gender Equality in the Asia-Pacific

2016 - Ongoing
In 2016, IT for Change carried out a five-country research study on gender and e-government in the Asia-Pacific, in partnership with UNESCAP and UNPOG. This study examined how e-government norms, rules and practices impact institutional shifts towards gender equality and women’s empowerment by focusing on its key components – service delivery, citizen uptake and connectivity architecture. The second phase of the study, to create an online training toolkit on e-government and gender equality for policymakers, is currently in progress.

Featured projects

IT for Change will shortly announce the results of the open call for researchers for its project, Policy frameworks for digital platforms - Moving from openness to inclusion.

Openness to Inclusion