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Samanmalee Swarnalatha


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Presentation given by Samanmalee Swarnalatha, Programme Officer (ICT), Gemidiriya Foundation, Sri Lanka on August 1st, 2011 at eWorld Forum ( in the session Sharing Good Practices in eGovernance

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Samanmalee Swarnalatha

  1. 1. Community Driven Information Centers for Social Transformation R.M.Samanmalee Swarnalatha Dr. Gamini Batuwitage SRI LANKA
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>What is CDD and CD CIC? </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives of establishment of Community Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Information Centers </li></ul><ul><li>What we do in Gemidiriya Project </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Community Driven Development <ul><li>Decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Community Information Center <ul><li>Facilitates to provide public access to ICT based services and application for education, personal, social and economic development </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Absence of an economic institutional framework for practicing community driven development in rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Poor communication infrastructure in rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Poor access to communication structure for the poor even accessibility is present. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of spare time and mobility for the rural communities for accessing communication to know the potential </li></ul><ul><li>Low computer literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of relevant content in vernacular languages </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusion of the poor and the marginalized </li></ul>Challenges in promoting Community Driven Community Information Centers in project areas are;
  6. 6. Objectives of establishment of Community Driven Information Centers … <ul><li>Build capacity of the rural communities to practice CDD </li></ul><ul><li>with access to information, decision making power and </li></ul><ul><li>supplementary resource assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Empower the rural communities to mange resources </li></ul><ul><li>using ICT tools </li></ul><ul><li>Hold village baseline data and the village development </li></ul><ul><li>plan and monitor its progress and disclose information to </li></ul><ul><li>the outside world practicing transparency and </li></ul><ul><li>accountability </li></ul>
  7. 7. Objectives of establishment of Community Driven Information Centers… <ul><li>Promote rural livelihoods and improve quality of </li></ul><ul><li>life of rural communities by providing </li></ul><ul><li>opportunities to market links and access to </li></ul><ul><li>technology </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Community Driven Information Center as </li></ul><ul><li>social transformation tool </li></ul><ul><li>Providing education to learning communities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Structure of Gemidiriya People’s Company Procument Committee Finance Committee Social Audit Committee Company Board of Directors vsco Households and Small Groups Clusters Gemidiriya People’s Company Community Information Center Village Savings and Credit Organization
  9. 9. Community Driven Information Center Communication and Capacity Building Committee Capacity Building Facilitator District Capacity Building Facilitator Capacity Building Facilitator Gemidiriya Foundation Village Level National Community Professional Learning and Training Center Community Professional Learning and Training Center Hub Level District Level National Level broader structure within which the center operates and linked
  10. 10. Community Information Center <ul><li>650 Centers in 7 districts </li></ul><ul><li>Centers with Internet Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>12 Nanasala </li></ul><ul><li>8 – e-sdi Project </li></ul>
  11. 11. Services <ul><li>ICT Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Internet and e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Fax </li></ul><ul><li>Scan </li></ul><ul><li>Page Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain Company data base </li></ul><ul><li>Leaflets/ Banner/Posters </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Telephone cards </li></ul><ul><li>Information on Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>English course </li></ul><ul><li>Market Information </li></ul><ul><li>Video conference </li></ul><ul><li>Online Bill payment </li></ul>Services
  13. 13. Post conflict Fund ICT for Estate secter Idalgashinna Diaraba
  14. 14. Nanasala 12 Nanasala from ICTA Jayaminigama Redipokuna
  15. 15. e-Social Development Initiative Project 08 Projects From ICTA a
  16. 16. ICT Community Professionals
  17. 17. Community Radio Pilot Project A Community Radio that is owned and governed and programmes planned by the community
  18. 18. Experimental Transmission
  19. 19. Participatory Community Video
  20. 20. Training
  21. 21. Photography Developing Community Professionals
  22. 22. Digital Story Telling
  23. 23. Web Site
  24. 24. IT SHED Commercial Portal <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>web site </li></ul><ul><li>Information on </li></ul><ul><li> special places </li></ul><ul><li>products </li></ul><ul><li>job seekers </li></ul><ul><li>cultural values </li></ul><ul><li>resource persons </li></ul>
  25. 25. Job data base
  26. 26. Lanka Country shoping
  27. 27. Community Radio
  28. 28. Benefits <ul><li>Promote principals for good governance transparency and accountability through these centers getting exposed to information technology </li></ul><ul><li>Out of 1034 rural communities 650 have Village Information Centers with the use of computers providing for various services to the communities that are admired by people </li></ul><ul><li>Increased computer literacy in the villages who use ICT for communication </li></ul>
  29. 29. Benefits <ul><li>over 15,000 women managing more than 2010 million investment funds to disclose information and getting connected to commercial information for business </li></ul><ul><li>Over 34,000 youth profiles for the private sector to get linked to seek employment opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Communities becoming less dependent on outside help of intermediaries and depend on once own capacities built with empowerment to women and youth demonstrated </li></ul><ul><li>High potential capacity to develop to cater to the ICT need of the communities </li></ul>
  30. 30. Lessons Learnt… <ul><li>The result on the ground is the main factor for the motivation of the communities to get attracted to forming and managing the information centers </li></ul><ul><li>The presence of an economic organization practicing CDD is a string pedestal for the information centers to be mounted on with a sense of sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Centers need strong community support to be successful. If the motivation to manage the centre arises from within the community itself it becomes easy for the community to develop a strong sense of ownership </li></ul>
  31. 31. Lessons Learnt… <ul><li>The ability to be flexible in responding to community needs is important for survival and expansion </li></ul><ul><li>The centers need long term continued income for sustainability. The centers have to generate income from providing various services and such capacity building should be provided to them. </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability depends on the continued presence of youth to maintain the center adequately motivated with reasonable income </li></ul>
  32. 32. Lessons Learnt Availability to broad band connectivity plays a motivating role and the government and the private sector should ensure such connectivity to rural areas for the rural youth to benefit from the communication tools available for the use of ICT  
  33. 33. Conclusions It is not possible to specify a unique model of community information and technology Centre The essential characteristic of successful centers is that they reflect the needs of the communities that they serve
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