Literature Review: Call for Proposals

Literature Review: Call for Proposals

The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania, together with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, announces a call for proposals for a literature review on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Africa to promote peacebuilding, statebuilding, and good governance, with a particular focus on Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

We are seeking to conduct a literature review that combines research coming from both inside and outside of Africa. We will be conducting the bulk of the research on sources emanating from outside Africa ourselves, but we are looking for a partner who can navigate African-based information sources.

This project, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, is part of a larger project on the role of ICTs in statebuilding and peacebuilding. The aim of this portion of the project is to understand: “What is the evidence on the role of ICTs in peacebuilding, statebuilding, and good governance in Africa?” This considerably broad research question should focus on empirical research and take into account the relevant literature on:

–          ICTs and political participation

–          ICTs and social accountability

–          ICTs and governance

–          ICTs and service delivery

–          ICTs and coalition building / social movements

–          ICTs and conflict prevention

–          ICTs and peacebuilding

–          Among other relevant topics

This literature review should include:

–          A review of the relevant peer-reviewed journal articles

–          A review of the relevant non-peer-reviewed journal articles

–          A review of the relevant gray literature (reports from civil society, NGOs, etc.)

–          Unpublished doctoral theses (and high quality masters theses) from students at African universities (focused on, but not limited to, universities in the target country/ countries)

–          Annotated bibliography of all journal articles and selected theses.

The author of the literature review will be expected to collate and annotate the sources, in such a way that they could be made available on an online repository of the relevant literature covering ICTs peacebuilding, statebuilding, and good governance in the selected countries and Africa more broadly. This repository has the goal of making scholarship that is usually locked behind pay walls or has not been organized systematically accessible to scholars, policy makers, and civil society organizations in Africa or focusing on Africa.

This will require the individual or organization to serve as our liaison with the authors of the articles and reports. We will need to establish what can be published on the online repository, in what format, and what permissions are needed from the authors and / or publishers.

The author will also be asked to co-produce, together with us, a thoughtful and critical synthesis of the literature in order to help answer the research question above.

Eligibility:

–          Individuals or institutions from Africa (preferably from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia or Somaliland).

–          Need to be able to navigate in-country sources such as websites, get in contact with relevant academic institutions and scholars based in those countries to retrieve all relevant sources.

The proposal should include:

–          Whether you are requesting to do the Ethiopia review, the Kenya review, the Somalia review, two of these countries, or all three countries. (Preference will be given to individuals / organizations that can conduct the research for more than one country.)

–          An initial list of places you will look for research (databases, websites, universities, etc.) and your capacity to access these sources

–          Proposed budget (approximately $6,000-$9,000 USD)

–          Timeline

–          Deliverables

–          The name of someone who can be reached between January 3 and January 12 for follow up questions prior to the final announcement of the award recipient in mid-January.

Please send proposals to Lauren Kogen (LKogen@asc.upenn.edu) by 5pm EST on December 30, 2012.

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