[bestbits] Fwd: Call for Applications: Research Methods Workshop for Internet Policy & Advocacy in Africa

Renata Aquino Ribeiro raquino at gmail.com
Thu Sep 28 10:18:10 EDT 2017

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De: "Internet Policy Observatory, University of Pennsylvania" <
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Data: 28 de set de 2017 3:00 AM
Assunto: Call for Applications: Research Methods Workshop for Internet
Policy & Advocacy in Africa
Para: <raquino at gmail.com>

Scholarships available for African researchers, activists, lawyers,
technologists, and policymakers

  Research Methods Workshop for Internet Policy & Advocacy in Africa

   - Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2018
   - Kampala, Uganda
   - Application
    Due: Nov 10, 2017

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Internet Policy Observatory has
teamed up with the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and
Southern Africa (CIPESA), Research ICT Africa, Kenya ICT Action Network
(KICTANet), Unwanted Witness, Paradigm Initiative, and YoungICTAdvocates to
organize the fourth regional Research Methods Workshop for Internet Policy
and Advocacy in Africa. The workshop, taking place from Feb 26 to March 3
in Kampala, seeks applications from young scholars, activists, lawyers, and
technologists working across Africa for an intensive practicum on using
methodologically rigorous, data-driven, and contextually appropriate
research for advocacy.

The workshop seeks to provide a venue for stakeholders in the region to
build collaborative possibilities across sectors, expand research capacity
within practitioner and digital rights advocacy communities, and to provide
the skills and know-how to strategically use research and data to advance
advocacy efforts. Sessions will cover both qualitative and quantitative
methods and will provide the space for hands-on activities and the
development of individual and group research interests. The workshop aims
to create opportunities to connect scholarly expertise with advocates and
improve working synergies between emerging African networks of civil
society organizations, academic centers, think-tanks, and policymakers.

Sessions will include workshops on stakeholder analysis, conducting
interviews, researching laws and regulations, social network analysis,
network measurement, survey methods, data visualization, and strategic
communication for policy impact.

We encourage individuals from Africa in the academic (early career), NGO,
technology, and public policy sectors to apply. Prospective applicants
should have a particular area of interest related to internet governance
and policymaking, censorship, surveillance, internet access, political
engagement online, protection of human rights online, and/or corporate
governance in the ICT sector. Applicants will be asked to bring a specific
research question to the program to be developed and operationalized
through trainings, group projects, and one-on-one mentorship with top
researchers and experts from around the world. Several partial and full
scholarships will be made for the most competitive applicants to

The course will be conducted in English and applicants should have high
proficiency in English in order to interact with experts, lecturers and
other participants who will come from diverse backgrounds. Please also note
that we require all participants to have a laptop to use for the duration
of the program.
For more information about the program please visit:

For questions, please email Laura at lsh at asc.upenn.edu
<lsh at asc.upenn.edu?subject=Africa%20Research%20Methods%20Course>.

To apply for the workshop, please fill out this form
by November 10: https://goo.gl/forms/NYzOYSfVqj7Tkv3x1
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