GRACE 2 Proposal

Buskens, Ineke and Anne Webb. 2008. GRACE 2 Proposal.

This proposal emerges from the accomplishments of the first phase (May 2005 – February 2008) of the Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment (GRACE) project, and from a recognition that the emergence of a sustainable research network can be achieved through an additional implementation and capacity development phase. Based on the effectiveness of the first phase in relation to the objectives of research capacity development and analysis of the relationships between gender, ICTs and empowerment,1 we propose extending this initiative, enriching its initial methodological basis and expanding its reach. In terms of the network’s initial methodological grounding in qualitative research for transformation, we aim to evolve this focus into action directed approaches, participatory policy research, quantitative approaches that are coherent with the transformative objectives of the project, mastering the transformative qualitative techniques and methodologies that were initiated and explored in GRACE 1, and integrating outcome mapping methodology in the research designs. GRACE 2 will also expand the reach of the initiative to introduce certain elements from the overall process and specific training from the above mentioned transformative research techniques to partners in Asia and MENA (the Middle East and North Africa).

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