Friday, August 08, 2008


I am currently busy working on my project literature review as well as assist with background materials for Wireless Africa's own demand studies on wi-fi community networks. It's been intense, I'm trying to write as much as possible (and trying to push away from writer's block) and just prepare for my upcoming trips to Uganda and Nigeria! Woohoo!

In the meanwhile, I've been finding a few funding strategies and grants for possible follow up on ICT4D work (if the proposal is worded well enough). Just thought I'd share and perhaps others can share their own list of funders:

1. Research Into Use (DFID): Innovation Challenge Fund
"The purpose of the African Innovation Challenge Fund (African ICF) is to provide financial support to teams so they can take promising research, funded by DFID, to the next stage of use. The selected initiatives will contribute to RIU’s purpose by delivering significant use of RNRRS and other natural resources research outputs for the benefit (direct or indirect) of poor men and women in different contexts. "

2. SSRC (USA): Media Research Hug: Small Grants Project
"Small grants of up to $7,500 are available for research that supports public-interest efforts to change the media / telecommunications infrastructure, practices, policies or content. The grants are intended for short-term, advocacy-centered research, completable and usable by advocacy partners within the next 4-12 months."

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