It was in 2008, seven years ago, that we said that Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos exemplified the success of our capacity building approach, whereby we achieved greater results for less money than others in the region. Today, she was the dinner speaker at the special event held to mark the end of Young Scholars Program that she attended as a Young Scholar in January 2007 at CPRsouth1 in Manila, her hometown. Today, she talked about how she had been able to influence Philippines policy on measuring broadband quality and giving people value for money.
We should have taped her. Here are her slides, here’s what will be carried in our 2014-15 Annual Report.
Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos, an independent ICT policy researcher from the Philippines, has been with CPRsouth since 2007. She was selected as a Young Scholar at the inaugural Communication Policy Research south conference (CPRsouth1) in Manila, Philippines in January 2007. She then participated as a paper presenter at CPRsouth2 (In Chennai, India), CPRsouth3 (In Beijing, China) and CPRsouth4 (in Colombo, Sri Lanka).
She has consulted for various agencies including The Asia Foundation, Center for Research and Communication, LIRNEasia, IDRC Canada, USAID, AusAID, and ADB. She has published book chapters, journal articles, and policy papers and briefs on telecom policy, ICT for development, and e-democracy. In addition, she has made it her personal mission to push for better Internet in the Philippines. Grace writes a regular blog for industry publication TelecomAsia and is a member of the Internet Society – Philippines Chapter.
Since 2010 Grace has been leveraging LIRNEasia research on broadband quality of service experience to inform policy. She exemplifies what LIRNEasia sought to achieve through the building up of CPRsouth as an Asia-Africa network of academics (mostly from the social sciences), reflective practitioners within government and industry and those working in think tanks. CPRsouth identifies persons whose attitudes and personal incentives cause them to want to engage with policy processes in their own countries. CPRsouth helps enhance the skills needed to be effective participants in policy processes and provides a community or support network that supports continued engagement in policy processes.
We are proud of her.