OTTAWA, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Information and communication technologies
(ICTs) are powerful tools for reducing poverty, for combating HIV/AIDS, and
for promoting good governance. At the Third Global Knowledge Forum (GK3),
Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and its research
partners will be showcasing some of the innovative ways in which ICTs can
foster human development. The GK3 will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
December 11-13, 2007.
For more than a decade, IDRC has been working with researchers to harness
the power of ICTs for development; these efforts have produced real results.
In Malaysia, IDRC has contributed to the creation of eHomemakers, a virtual
network that supports Southeast Asian women who wish to balance work and
domestic life. In Mongolia, IDRC helped establish the country's first Internet
connection. In Nallavadu, a village near Pondicherry, India, the loudspeakers
and siren of an information community centre run by the IDRC-supported MS.
Swaminathan Research Foundation warned the village of the impending Asian
tsunami. Although 150 houses and 200 fishing boats were destroyed, the
villagers made it to safety and no lives were lost.
At GK3, IDRC will host workshops, panels, and demonstrations where
participants can explore the next steps in ICTs for development. Highlights
- a two-part multimedia quiz show that will challenge preconceptions
about how the poor use telecom and Internet technologies;
- panels on generating relevant content in local languages; disaster
prevention, and open access to research collections;
- Hands-on demonstrations where visitors can create their own interactive
map using open source software, build their own toll free
telecommunications network, and join an online talk show with distance
education experts; and
- an IDRC booth where participants can meet and hear from IDRC's research
partners about the latest in ICTs for development, listen to interviews
and podcasts, and watch videos by other participants.
For more information about IDRC's activities at GK3, consult
www.idrc.ca/gk3. IDRC and its partners from Canada and the developing world
will be available for interviews.
Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous
For further information:
For further information: In Malaysia: Chantal Schryer, (613) 796-8754,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Vivien Chiam, +65 97606821, email@example.com; In Canada:
Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163, ext. 2343,