Information and communication technologies

Dramatic changes brought about by information and communication technologies (ICTs) have created new economic and social opportunities the world over. Access to and the strategic use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) have been shown to have the potential to help bring about economic development, poverty reduction, and democratisation.

Knowledge Services Open API

IDS's work in this area seeks to understand how these new technologies can be harnessed to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalised communities. We also look into how ICTs can best support the application of research evidence in development policy and practice.

Understanding information ecosystems - our research has looked at understanding how policy actors find, interpret and engage with information and ICTs. We apply the evidence gained from this work to inform our own approaches to research communication and the mobilising of research knowledge so that it can be applied to development policy and practice.

Knowledge mobilisation using ICTs - IDS works with partners to develop knowledge mobilisation strategies, and knowledge mobilisation services to help people understand, access and apply research evidence. Developing and innovating ICTs, such as open APIs, is core to this area of our work.

African Universities’ Research Approaches (AURA) Capacity Development Programme

The African Universities’ Research Approaches programme (AURA) seeks to strengthen research and teaching practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. More details

mSTAR Real Time Data for Adaptive Programming Conceptual Framework

The project will focus on the growing importance of real-time data and in particular how digital tools can be used to generate information in support of more adaptive, contextually relevant, decision-making and programme management and implementation More details

Not Just Talk: Practice, Power, Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies (TPPI)

Not Just Talk: Practice, Power, Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies is a new IDS research initiative that seeks to critically examine the opportunities and challenges that the new generation of ICT innovations pose for poor and vulnerable groups. More details

Open Application Programming Interface (API)

The IDS Knowledge Services Open API (Application Programming Interface) makes the datasets held across our Knowledge Services accessible programmatically to other organisations and individuals to enable others to repurpose and contextualise this knowledge. More details

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