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Búsqueda de socios (ICT-39-2017): Creación de cooperación internacional en países de ingreso bajo y medio

Resumen

Tipo:
Búsqueda de socios
Referencia:
RDUK20161213001
Publicado:
15/12/2016
Caducidad:
15/12/2017
Resumen:
Una universidad británica busca socios con el fin de participar en un proyecto que tiene como objetivo fomentar el asesoramiento, formación en investigación y desarrollo de capacidad para promover la autosuficiencia intelectual y buscar soluciones sostenibles a problemas en África. El proyecto de extenderá durante tres años y abordará el impacto en términos de investigación, práctica, política y publicación, abarcando su relevancia y transferibilidad dentro y fuera de esta zona. La universidad busca investigadores en la UE para completar el consorcio. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 25 de abril de 2017 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 17 de marzo.

Details

Tittle:
Partner Search - ICT-39-2017 - International partnership building in low and middle income countries
Summary:
The project will facilitate mentoring, research training and capacity building, thereby enhancing intellectual self-sufficiency and sustainable African solutions to African problems. The project will run for 3 years and will address impact in terms of research, practice, policy and publication, addressing relevance and transferability across the region and beyond. The UK University leading this project is now seeking research partners to join the consortium from all industries across the EU.
Description:
The underlying principles include,

- Sustainability (micro financial, macro-economic, cultural, organisational)
- User engagement (empowerment, authenticity)
- Equity (not advantaging the advantaged)
- Transferability and scalability (other contexts, regions, communities) (through the secondary partner country)
- Increased self-sufficiency (food, science, marginal languages, institutional procedures, research capacity...)

The project also addresses:

- Improved education, workforce development and informal learning
- Adaptation and /or innovation with technology
- Sustainability /business model / exit strategy
- User/beneficiary/stakeholder involvement
- Impact (policy, dissemination, publication) (UNESCO research)
- Female empowerment (UNESCO priorities)
- Also local culture/mother tongues/English language (ELF) (UNESCO priorities)

The project will encourage and exploit informal learning and community learning, in the broadest sense of encouraging creating, transforming, sharing, discussing, storing and retrieving ideas, images, information and opinions about topics of shared interest. It will use ´game mechanics´ and scaffolding techniques and allow participants to comment, rate and review the discussions, contributions and comments from members of the community, thereby generating reputation, esteem and visibility for those participants with the most valued activities within the system.

The project unites participatory design practices with peer-to-peer web2.0 technologies and with the preservation and enhancement of practical local, community and indigenous lore, language, knowledge and traditions in livelihoods, practices, landscape and subsistence.

The system will enhance real existing communities such as local farmer groups or artisan groups and will create and sustain remote distributed online communities. The project will explore the educational, economic, technological and cultural potential of such systems. The project will work with partners who are community groups with varied structures and will draw on Living Labs practices to enhance community-centred solutions.

This is a deliberately diverse and heterogeneous project intended to create robust findings over a range of geographic, social, technological and economic contexts and proof against discrete trends and technologies.

The strength of the project lies in the existing network of contacts and collaborations, including links into the international policy and global research communities, and in the flexibility and diversity of both technologies and communities within the context of a strong, respected and experienced scientific leadership.

The m4d and ICTD communities of activists and social entrepreneurs and the mobile learning community of researchers and developers globally has been very active over the last ten years exploiting entry-level mobiles and mid-range feature phones to support training and education on a sustainable basis in varying development contexts. Members of the proposed team have been at the heart of this work and are well connected to local community projects and to international agencies, donors and foundations.

The UK University leading this project now seeks several partners from across the EU (Universities, Large and Medium SMEs and Research Organisations) to join their consortium.

EOI Deadline: 17th March 2017
Call Deadline: 25th April 2017
Advantages and Innovations:
The project will develop and populate an ecosystem of informal collaborative digital learning technologies adapted and appropriate to the varied cultures and conditions in local society in order to increase economic, scientific, institutional, industrial and agricultural self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

The system will allow learners to learn from existing content and materials, either broadcast, targeted or requested, and to contribute their own content, and reactions, responses, reflections and recollections - any of the content and interactions may be text, audio or video. It will also encourage learners to create or join online communities of learners who can discuss, rate and review content and contributions. This will enhance agency, self-respect and sustainability amongst learners.

The technologies will include SMS, MMS, USSD, IVR, social media, apps, podcasts but based within a unifying platform accessible by mobile and static channels, synchronous and asynchronous, with facilities to register, query, discuss, learn, contribute and direct. The initial content and structures will grow out of community interests, concerns and priorities, elicited in focus groups during and before project inception; these may include health and hygiene; artisan and crafts, small-scale start-ups; market gardening, subsistence, eco-tourism and agriculture; small business, micro-finance, mobile banking and entrepreneurialism; language learning, literacy and numeracy in English, lingua franca and mother tongues. Alerts, events and local information such as weather, market prices, events and opportunities may also be useful for specific communities. The system will use location and other contextual data.
Stage of Development:
Proposal under development

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Research design partners - to develop, validate, sequence and deliver protocols, instruments, surveys, analytic tools (online and face to face) to gather, analyse and present internal project user and system data, including learner analytics. Educational development partners - to optimize the relevance and quality of the learning experienced by user communities; to support critical digital literacy, lifelong learning and underpin increased capability, social mobility, personal empowerment and social cohesion through educational principles and practices. Technology expertise - to direct, develop, deliver and implement the technology platform for the project, enabling it host community and content with media and protocols appropriate to users, resources and infrastructure. Domain expertise - Identify, develop and evaluate strategies for selecting external resources (tools, content and communities), identify external resources that provide examples and inducement for users to engage with the system, provide domain specific structures that enable users to navigate and interact amongst themselves, provide the domain expertise needed to ensure user demands and requirements are correctly translated and interpreted, and collated.
Type of Partnership Considered:
RDR

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
German
Spanish

Dissemination

Programme-call

Evaluation Scheme:
H2020 IA Innovation action
Anticipated Project Budget:
1 to 2 Million Euros
Coordinator Required:
No
Deadline for Call:
25/04/2017
Project Duration:
156
Project title and Acronym:
ICT-39-2017: International partnership building in low and middle income countries