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 stakeholder mapping and policy analysis project regarding ICTs and media in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
Applicants should apply to conduct a stakeholder mapping and policy analysis in one of these three countries, and will be expected to be from (for individuals) or based in (for organizations) the target country.
The purpose of the project is to understand the relationship between ICT policy and the use of ICTs in processes of governance and state-building. 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 1) what ICT policies are; 2) who the players are that influence ICT policy and ICT policy debate; and 3) who are the stakeholders that are using ICTs in ways that affect governance and state-building.
For the policy analysis portion of the project, the applicant should look at policy regulating ICTs, both formal and less formal, including ICT laws and regulations, codes of conduct, customary law (both local and international) and examples of contracts for media entities outside the country that are involved with media in the country, etc.
For the, closely connected, stakeholder mapping portion of the project, the applicant should seek to answer two questions:
1) “Who are the players influencing ICT policy and ICT policy debate?” These could be politicians, national businesses, multinational corporations, phone companies, international NGOs, civil society groups, religious groups, professional journalist organizations, international governments (such as China and other emerging donors) and inter-governmental organizations (such as the U.N.) etc. We are trying to get a comprehensive picture of who influences the ICT policy space.
2) “Who are the primary stakeholders using ICTs in processes of governance and state building?” Again, this may be the national government, the local government, traditional authorities, religious leaders, NGOs, civil society groups, as well as media entities as described above.
This research is not an evaluation of how effective different actors are at providing services, nor does the report have to offer policy recommendations.
Depending on the quality of the work, there is the possibility of extending this to a larger and more thorough analysis beginning in April or May of 2013.
– Individuals or institutions from Africa (preferably from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia or Somaliland).
– Need to be able to navigate in-country information sources.
The proposal should include:
– Whether you are requesting to do the Ethiopia review, the Kenya review, or the Somalia review.
– Method for collecting data
– Proposed budget (approximately $8,000 – $12,000 USD).
– Timeline (report must be completed by April 30, 2013).
– 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.
– Whether the applicant will be available and willing to continue the next phase of the project (beginning in April or May of 2013), pending approval.
Please send proposals to Lauren Kogen (LKogen [at] asc.upenn.edu) by 5pm EST on December 30, 2012.