Created in 1970, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the world’s leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges of international development.
IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean since its inception. The Centre's operations in Latin America and the Caribbean are guided by a regional office located in Montevideo, Uruguay.
In the Information and Communication Technologies for Development Program, the following include support related to open access in LAC
Connectivity and Equity in the Americas (CEA)
CEA program initiative supports research on the transformational powers of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs ) as a means to foster sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Several of the initiatives it has supported contribute to enhabling open access in the region.
Telecentre.org is a collaborative initiative connecting telecentres , networks, innovators, social investors and other interested groups who believe that information and communication technology used locally, strengthens individuals and the communities where they live. Telecenters are, in some locations, the only Internet access available.
In 2006, the IDRC approved the Draft Strategy for the Consolidation and Integration of the Latin American Network of Educational Portals (RELPE).
Among other initiatives related to Open Access, in the period 1993-1996, IDRC has also supported the development of a Network of Latin America and the Caribbean Information Networks (Red de Redes de Información de América Latina y el Caribe) with participation of 18 subject information networks from the region. Several of these subject regional bibliographic networks are today subject regional repositories with open access to growing collections of full-texts from Latin America and the Caribbean.