Isif Deci Intro

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DECI ISIF, June 11, 2009

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Isif Deci Intro

  1. 1. ISIF is… • ISIF is the Information Society Innovation Fund • A small grants program supporting innovative approaches to development problems through ICT solutions – Funded by APNIC, ISOC and IDRC and sponsored by Dot Asia (375.000 USD for 2009, funds committed for 2010) – APNIC is the Secretariat – Admin costs covered through a separate project funded by IDRC
  2. 2. ISIF funds projects that focus on… • Innovative approaches to the extension of Internet infrastructure and services • Internet sustainability and business models in challenging market circumstances • Supporting new and creative uses of ICT applications and include a strong component of knowledge generation and sharing…
  3. 3. How the projects were selected? • Call for applications open for 3 months • 148 applications from 22 economies • Online system to submit and pre-screen applications • Online work GEC (2 reps per partner) • 1 face-to-face meeting • 1 proposals development workshop
  4. 4. Online Evaluation System • Grants Evaluation Committee (GEC): 6 members distributed in 6 countries (India, Singapore, China, Fiji, Sweden & Australia) • Database and archive of all applications received + additional information + OS • Follow-up comments from GEC members for their own reference, to provide feedback to applicants, to recover full applications
  5. 5. Proposals Development Workshop • Hyderabad, India. Dec 1-2 2008 • 11 shortlisted candidates + GEC members • Proposals were revised, simplified/grounded, feedback incorporated, argumentation provided Open/positive attitude to give/receive feedback, adapt/change & spotting
  6. 6. Projects for 2009 • Where? Thailand (1), India (2), Sri Lanka (3), Pakistan (1), Vietnam (1), Indonesia (1), Nepal (1), The Philippines (1) • Who?Universities (5), research institutes (2), NGOs (1), networks (1), foundations (1) and private company (1) • What?Emergency response, telehealth, digital forensic research, wireless applications and deployments, high-speed infrastructure, tools for telecentres
  7. 7. Working spaces • Wikis and mailing lists – Public: projects follow-up and calls for applications – Recipients: share personal experiences, project results and provide admin/tech support – Partners: forms, formats, agreements • Proposals development workshop, Hyderabad. India. Dec 1-2, 2008.
  8. 8. What’s next… • Follow-up and promotion of current projects • Identify sponsors to contribute to the fund • Third round of funding for 2010 • Identify people / organizations relevant to APNIC’s work that are interested to test / apply their ideas and require funds to encourage them to apply

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