Presentation of the IDRC
The International Development Research Center (IDRC) is a Canadian government development agency supporting all research applied to research. NICT is one of the technical areas were it concentrates its activities. Its strategy is to link different actors belonging to each thematic area. The PAN global network program, which contemplates stimulating the use of NICTs, promotes cooperation between research and development by means of better access to information, its use and exchange.
In 1997, the PAN program began to extend itself outside Asia to include Latin America and the Caribbean. IDRC organized consultations in the internet near the end of 1997 directed to groups and people of Latin America and the Caribbean who were committed with the development and impact of the NICTs. These consultations were organized inside a web based conference site called "Panconsultation", moderated by a person hired by IDRC and which had the participation of some 30 people. The process ended with the Montevideo meeting dated from December 11 to December 12 of 1997. "Pan Americas Consultation" (see products at: http://www.idrc.ca/lacro/docs/conferencias/panamericas.html and evaluation at: http://www.idrc.ca/lacro/docs/conferencias/pan15.html). The evaluation of effort by the IDRC has been positive; nevertheless, several aspects re
main that could be improved in the future and that should be discussed in the MISTICA project:
- links between discussions held in electronic conferences and face-to-face meetings.
- maintenance of focus in established topics.
- expanded thematic coverage.
To know more about the IDRC: http://www.idrc.ca/.