Challenges for Sustainable Rural Networking in Solomon Islands. David Leeming People First Network Rural Development Volunteers Association [email protected] www.peoplefirst.net.sb. Country Facts.
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The People First Network (PFnet)……to promote and facilitate equitable and sustainable rural development and peace building by enabling better information sharing and knowledge building among and across communities forming the Solomon Islands……
Rural Development Volunteers Association (RDVA)
1. Facilitate affordable access
2. Facilitate rural development and peace-related information flows among all social groups;
3. Facilitate the exchange of information between communities and stakeholders;
Management Committees information flows among all social groups;
10 stations with another 13 scheduled by June 2004 information flows among all social groups;
Applications information flows among all social groups;
Rural credit + solar power + communications = Rural “business incubator”
Disaster management information flows among all social groups;
i.e. Constitutional reform
Island geography and dispersed population
Least developed country status
High Internet costs (unequal global market)
People First Network
University of South Pacific Centre, Honiara
Problem Tree activities
55 problems associated with the use of ICT in development in Solomon Islands
Mapped onto a corresponding Objectives Tree
Support National ICT Strategy Building!!!
This shows usage by number of emails sent, for the first PFnet station at Sasamungga (est. Oct 2001)
This shows the revenue trend. Current revenues are now sufficient to account for all costs including long term equipment replacement
….the trend for the monthly rural station revenue is upwards in most stations. 4 out of 7 are already achieving more than the target of SB$300 per month, and 3 are reaching almost twice this value…..Other stations need more attention, such as stronger linkage to specific applications, awareness and so on. Research is needed to identify the reasons….
..a F$40K research programme is starting on Oct 2003, led by the University of the South Pacific with UNDP and PFnet as co-researchers, to study the social impacts and the factors affecting appropriation. Five rural sites will be studied. The results will be published in June 2004……
…Rural stations have no per minute charges. All revenues go to paying the volunteer operator an allowance, paper and ink. A small revenue stream is accumulated and reinvested for long term equipment replacement costs….
Family correspondence 2038 Forestry 4
Business and investment 442 Police/Law and order 2
Education 409 Emergency 2
Project / NGO 250
Ordering Supplies / Stocks 249 SAMPLE SIZE 4547 emails
Health / Medical 235
Finance and Banking 157
School fee 43
Government Administration 18
Lands and Titles 17
Women issue 5
These are the results from daily reports sent from PFnet community stations for 2003. The full data including user profiles is published on the PFnet web site at the address below.