It was around this time in 2006 that Prashanthi Weragoda, conference organizer extraordinaire, and I went off to Manila to discuss the possibilities of holding the first CPRsouth conference there. We were aiming for 2006, but the first conference was actually held in January 2007.
Much water has flowed under the bridge since then. The conference that starts next week is perhaps the biggest we have organized. It’s 2.5 days long and includes papers from our African colleagues, being the second of two joint events. It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on the knowledge and skills needed to become policy intellectuals.
It has been a rewarding seven years. We have seen some good work coming out of the CPRsouth community. We are hoping that next year’s innovation, which is the involvement of the community in a Systematic Review project intended to consolidate knowledge on a number of ICT related development questions will yield good results.