Throughout the region, Government and regulatory agencies are often ill-equipped to respond to the need for relevant research on policy issues in a timely manner. Often, this results in delayed actions, which have negative repercussions in terms of impact on ICT development.
The Caribbean ICT Research Program of the International Development Research Centre, in collaboration with the CTU will spearhead a regional rapid response initiative designed to provide quick, expert advice to regional policy makers, regulators and other groups in the area of information and communication technologies. The initiative seeks to target areas in which the absence or lack of timely and relevant information, is currently resulting in significant challenges to the formulation of appropriate policies and regulations, and negatively impacting on implementation and operation of ICTs and related development. It is imperative that the parties who are aware of the nature of these challenges and most immediately affected by them are involved in developing an appropriate response.
We are pleased to inform you that the research under the Rapid Response Initiative has been officially completed. In an effort to apprise you of the outcomes of the work done, we have developed three documents based on the individual research projects.
The first is an Executive Summary for the entire Initiative, which has been available on the CTU website. We have now made available on the website, documents 2 and 3, a Policy Briefs document, which summarises the research work done, its main findings and policy implications, and a Research Summary document, which presents in much greater detail those findings and outcomes and the policy implications for each of the five projects conducted.
In addition, given the nature of the research projects undertaken, the full details of the several reports and documents that were developed under the Initiative are lengthy documents. Should you wish to access the individual reports in their entirety, each is available through the CTU’s website, www.ctu.int
The Secretary General would like to extend her personal gratitude, as well of that of the CTU, to the Project Coordinator, the Review Committee for the Initiative, each of the five project researchers and to all of our members who, by their support and input, enabled the success outcome of this first element of this Initiative.
It is CTU’s fervent hope that the outcomes of this work will find immediate applicability in your ongoing policy developmental agenda. We thank you for your support and look forward to your continued collaboration in the future.
We invite you to dowlnload and read the publications which have been made available through the links below.