Call for proposals: Commissioned papers on ICTs, climate change and development

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This is a call for proposals for the writing of commissioned papers on the topic of ICTs, climate change and development. Proposals should be sent by 25 May 2010.


Recognising both the growing impact of climate change in developing countries and the growing role of ICTs, Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is funding a two-year project on
ICTs, climate change and development (see  The project is co-ordinated by the University of Manchester's Centre for Development Informatics.

As part of the project, six thematic papers will be commissioned and written during 2010 on various aspects of this topic.  The papers should be 6,000-10,000 words in length, in English, and aimed at a
"reflective practitioner" audience by summarising current evidence and then producing best practice strategic recommendations.  We are looking for "generic" papers that draw evidence from, and relate to, all developing countries; rather than individual region, country or project case write-ups.  Primary research is not expected.

The papers should build on the Scoping Study produced recently as part of the project - - which reviews current literature on ICTs, climate change and development (ICCD). Section 4 of this document identifies six ICCD thematic areas - mitigation, monitoring, adaptation, strategy, disaster management/response, and ICT impacts and issues.  We would be happy to receive proposals against these thematic areas but we are also happy to receive proposals suggesting alternative ICCD themes and alternative ways of conceptualising the field.

Process/ timescale

Proposals are to be sent electronically by 25 May 2010, and aim to confirm accepted proposals by mid-June.  First drafts of the papers will be due by the end of September 2010.  Final drafts will be due by the end of November.  One author per paper will be invited (and funded) to attend a discussion and presentation workshop on ICCD to be held in London in mid-December.

The finalised copy of the paper will be made available online and disseminated via the project network.  It is also our intention to publish the papers as part of a book to be produced at the end of the project in 2011, and to produce a strategy brief summarising the paper.

Authors will be contracted by the University of Manchester to produce a draft version of the thematic paper, followed by a finalised version that acceptably meets quality requirements following draft review comments.  We will also seek authors' input to revision for the proposed book and to summarisation for strategy brief production.

A payment of £1,200 will be made on acceptance of the draft paper, and a further payment of £2,400 on acceptance of the finalised paper.


Proposals should be sent to: by 25 May 2010.  They should consist of the following:

a) Title of proposed paper, and author(s)

b) Outline structure of paper including section and sub-section headings

c) 300-500 word executive summary of paper's rationale, focus and content

d) Two-page CV for each proposed author focusing particularly on past
and contract research experience in ICCD or related areas

You are welcome to contact us in advance of the deadline if you have any queries.

This call can be found at:

For more information please contact Angelica Valeria Ospina at:

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