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-----Original Message-----
From: Gesa Wesseler []
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2004 9:34 PM
To: Information and agricultural services - research, innovation,
Subject: [inars] Announcing GenARDIS Round 2

Gender and Agriculture/Rural Development in the Information Society

Announcing Round 2 of GenARDIS: A Small Grants Fund to Address Gender
Issues in Information and Communication Technologies for Agricultural
and Rural Development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP

10 grants @ 5,000 Euro

Submission Deadline: 25 February 2005

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU
(CTA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the
International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the
Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) are
inviting applications for the second round of the GenARDIS small grants

Most technological innovations affect men and women differently, and
ICTs are no exception. In addition to the urban-rural 'digital divide',
there is a further digital divide that adversely affects women, who make
up the majority of the rural poor in developing countries. Compared to
men, rural women in the ACP regions are much less likely to access new
technologies because they are generally less educated and hold less
economic and political power than men. Women, with their special
responsibilities for children and the elderly, find it less easy than
men to migrate to towns and cities. The urban bias in connectivity thus
deprives women, more than men, of the universal right to communicate.
While women make up the majority of people in rural areas of developing
countries and play a central role in agriculture, issues of language,
literacy, etc. are compounded by their already heavy workload that
limits the time available to use modern ICTs, and by cultural attitudes
that prevent them from visiting public access points mostly frequented
by men. Other important challenges include limited time availability to
participate in training and use of ICTs, and lack of awareness of the
opportunities available.

In recognition of the dilemma between a potentially powerful set of
tools - ICTs - and their failure to reach the majority of the poor in
ACP countries - rural women - CTA, IDRC, IICD and Hivos invite proposals
to the GenARDIS Small Grants Fund to support innovative activities that
contribute to the understanding of gender issues in ICTs and to the
gender-sensitive application of ICTs in ACP agricultural and rural

Gender is the term used to refer to the socially constructed relations
between women and men in a particular society. These relations, and the
roles women and men may assume, are culturally and institutionally
embedded. Biological sex refers to being male or female; gender as a
social identity changes over time (historically) and space
(geographically). Therefore the gender roles of men or women in one
society may differ from those in another, and they may differ even
within one society, depending on other socio-economic criteria. The
concept of gender recognises that women and men are not homogeneous
Differences in age, class, race and ethnicity, and disability status cut
across human society and affect status, power and access to resources.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be interpreted
broadly as technologies that facilitate communication and the processing
and transmission of information by electronic means. This definition
encompasses the full range of ICTs, from radio and television to
telephones (fixed and mobile), computers and the Internet. In
development contexts, the interface with traditional communications
systems and tools is also important, as are applications in areas like
agriculture, business, governance, health, and education.

Proposals can be aimed at
- understanding gender differences in the use of ICTs;
- promoting ICT use among rural women (sensitization);
- improving rural women's access to ICTs ;
- improving the skills and capacities of rural women in using
- increasing the attractiveness of ICTs for rural women by
relevant content;
- mainstreaming gender concerns in ICT policy and projects;
- using ICTs for gender advocacy purposes

Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Innovativeness
- Clearly outlines and addresses gender issues, i.e., the socially
constructed relations between women and men in a particular society
- ICT-enabled
- Agricultural or agro-linked rural development context
- Proposal clearly states objectives, includes a
methodology/implementation strategy, identifies outputs,
partners/stakeholders and includes a timeline and budget
- Realistic within budgetary and time constraints

This is a competitive call for applications for 10 non-renewable grants
of up to 5,000 Euros. The deadline for receipt of applications is 25
February 2005. An expert panel will judge the submissions. Announcement
of the successful applicants is expected to be made on 11 April 2005.
Successful applicants will be expected to write a comprehensive report
on their project results, experiences and use of the funds and
contribute to a workshop to be held in late 2005. All submissions must
be received before the deadline (25 February 2005). Submissions via
e-mail are preferred.

E-mail applications should be sent to

Submissions by post should be sent to:
GenARDIS Small Grants Fund
c/o Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)
Attn. Dr. Dorothy Okello
P.O. Box 4411
Kampala, Uganda
Fax: + 256 (0)41 234924

Read more about the GenARDIS 2003 winners:

Dgroups is a joint initiative of Bellanet, DFID, Hivos, ICA, IICD,
OneWorld, UNAIDS and World Bank
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