The Global Impact Study is sponsored and funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and a grant to IDRC from the Global Libraries initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We thank them for their generous support of this important work.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people — especially those with the fewest resources — have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Funding for the Global Impact Study is from Global Libraries, a special initiative of the foundation’s Global Development Program, which is working to create opportunities for people to overcome poverty and hunger.

International Development Research Centre

The International Development Research Centre is a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. Support is directed toward developing an indigenous research capacity to sustain policies and technologies developing countries need to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

Several IDRC-supported initiatives are contributing to this project:

  • Pan Asia Networking — IDRC’s Pan Asia Networking program (PAN) examines the effects of ICT in Asia, with a focus on supporting the development of multidisciplinary research methods and tools, as well as strengthening the capacity of researchers. For the Impact of Public Access to ICT project, PAN is contributing financial resources and support the development of research methods and capacity-building programs.
  • Connectivity and Equity in the Americas — IDRC’s Connectivity and Equity in the Americas program (CEA) promotes the use of ICT to overcome barriers that hinder socio-economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. CEA is contributing financial resources and technical assistance in the form of important linkages and historical knowledge of relevant studies and research conducted by its partners. CEA will also assist in the development of country-level research projects.
  • Acacia — IDRC’s Communities and the Information Society in Africa Program, known as Acacia, works to increase the capacity of sub-Saharan communities to apply ICT to their own social and economic development. Acacia will provide links to researchers already working on social impact issues within their programs. Acacia may also help support the project’s in-country research teams.