InfoShare Sri Lanka - Technology for social transformation


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An overview of our work in Sri Lanka using ICT to support development, peacebuilding, civil society collaboration and human rights

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InfoShare Sri Lanka - Technology for social transformation

  1. 1. Info Share Sanjana Hattotuwa Head, ICT and Peacebuilding
  2. 3. Significant experience and expertise <ul><li>Support systems for governance (not government) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including peacebuilding, journalism, anti-corruption, anti-trafficking, elections monitoring, donor and civil society (NGO) collaboration systems at national, inter-state and international levels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainable content development and training for rural entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>IT skills building through vocational training curricula </li></ul><ul><li>ICT related work force development skills </li></ul>
  3. 4. “ We value the potential of ICTs to promote peace and to prevent conflict which, inter alia , negatively affects achieving development goals. ICTs can be used for identifying conflict situations through early-warning systems preventing conflicts, promoting their peaceful resolution, supporting humanitarian action , including protection of civilians in armed conflicts, facilitating peacekeeping missions, and assisting post conflict peace-building and reconstruction.” Paragraph 36, WSIS Tunis Commitment, 2005 (two years after InfoShare began work) ICT4Peace
  4. 5. One Text Negotiations
  5. 6. Peace Library
  6. 7. Elections monitoring
  7. 8. Civil society & donor collaboration
  8. 9. Anti-Corruption <ul><li>Service provider for USAID / AED Peace Support Project since 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Designed and supported collaboration and information dissemination platforms for USAID / ARD’s Anti Corruption Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Operated in English, Sinhala and Tamil </li></ul>
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  10. 12. Strengthening media & Socrates CMS
  11. 13. Human Trafficking System – Mumbai, India
  12. 14. Human rights monitoring and reporting
  13. 15. HURIDOCS initial feedback (via email) <ul><li>“ Wow, Sanjana, I am really impressed! I think this platform is going to take the human rights world by storm” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Fabulous news! Something we have talked about for years!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wonderful, stunning and creative!!!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am utterly amazed! I'm dying to see the actual product!” </li></ul>
  14. 16. Technical support <ul><li>ICT troubleshooting, wired / wireless secure and resilient network management and desktop consultancy services for non-profits and donor organisations (AED, NDI, South Asia Peace Institute, ARD) </li></ul><ul><li>Security and network audits (in a context of war and the need to secure data and have as little downtime as possible) </li></ul>
  15. 17. USAID Last Mile Initiative (LMI) <ul><li>Develop and deploy a franchise-based business model for WiMax enabled community technology centers; </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and select up to 30 franchisees in up to 5 extremely rural areas of Sri Lanka; </li></ul><ul><li>Enable franchises to provide wireless enabled ICT services, such as VOIP, internet access, computer training etc; </li></ul><ul><li>Seek to attract private investment to facilitate further growth of the franchise model throughout Sri Lanka; </li></ul>
  16. 18. ICT Training Services <ul><li>InfoShare is a Microsoft Unlimited Potential (UP) partner which licenses Unlimited Potential training curricula and methodologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Basic IT skills for non-profits </li></ul><ul><li>Project management skills (desktop, hosted apps such as Google Docs and GMail, Microsoft Project) </li></ul><ul><li>Basic financial management packages for non-profits to strengthen accountability, sustainability and transparency of operations </li></ul>
  17. 19. Basic IT syllabi for four key economic sectors
  18. 20. Thank You