The Innovation, Technology and Society (ITS) program launched the Call for Proposals on “Gender and Innovation: Understanding their Mutual Influence and Impacts”, to examine gender from a wider perspective of innovation systems in developing countries. It will support research geared towards understanding impediments to innovation processes being influenced by women, opportunities to promote greater involvement and influence by women and the differential impacts (real and perceived) of existing innovation systems on women.
From the more than 100 proposals received, 8 were selected for $50,000 CAD funding to undertake a 2-year research project. The winning proposals are:
Tran Ngoc Ca, Vietnam, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies. Topic: The involvement and the role of women in Technology ,Governance and Policy Process in Vietnam
Zeenat Niazi, India, Society for Development Alternatives. Topic: Exploring the potential of mutually reinforcing role of women in habitat based livelihood services – technology development, application and delivery.
Deborah Wendiro, Uganda, Uganda Industrial Research Institute. Topic Traditional Science, Technology and Innovation Systems in the Context of a Modern Incubator Research and Development Agency
Anastasiya Hozyainova, Afghanistan, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization. Topic: Gender and the Agricultural Innovation System in Rural Afghanistan: Barriers and Bridges
Ivonne Antezana, Bolivia, International Potato Center - Papa Andina . Topic: Improving innovation promoting methodologies by including gender perspective to foster women’s participation in decision making processes.
Hina Lotia, Pakistan, LEAD Pakistan. Topic: Entrepreneurship Education through School based productive enterprises; Has it worked for women?
Kenneth Chelemu, Zambia, International Development Enterprises. Topic: Gender Differentiated Impact of low-cost Irrigation Technologies – Design & Testing of Crop Water requirement Scheduling tool for Smallholder Female Farmers in Zambia
Ziad Mimi, Palestine, Institute of Environmental and Water Studies / Birzeit University. Topic: Involvement and influence of women in innovation processes within integrated water resources management IWRM