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Information & Communication Technologies: Who gets to play?. Rohan Samarajiva Presentation at UNDP Global Meeting on ICT4D, Ottawa, 9-12 July 2003. ICTs, knowledge work & human development. ICT is not synonym for knowledge

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Information communication technologies who gets to play

Information & Communication Technologies: Who gets to play?

Rohan Samarajiva

Presentation at UNDP Global Meeting on ICT4D, Ottawa, 9-12 July 2003


Icts knowledge work human development

ICTs, knowledge work & human development

  • ICT is not synonym for knowledge

  • ICTs are a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for effective knowledge work in 21st century

  • Knowledge is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for development


Necessary but not sufficient

Necessary but not sufficient . . .

Human development

+ other work

Effective knowledge work at present time

+ other inputs

Information and Communication Technologies


Where are we with icts where do we go

Where are we with ICTs & where do we go?

  • Sri Lanka in Asia, as example

    • Current comparison is purposely arbitrary

  • ICT levels/broadband generally correlated with GDP per capita

    • But the e Sri Lanka bet is that ICT can cause wealth to increase; that we need not and should not wait for wealth to give us more ICTs/broadband


Where does sri lanka stand

Where does Sri Lanka stand?


Where does sri lanka stand1

Where does Sri Lanka stand?


Where does sri lanka stand2

Where does Sri Lanka stand?


Infrastructure policy priorities

Infrastructure policy priorities

  • With regard to fixed telephony only?

  • Mobiles?

  • Anything but circuit-switched (ABC)?

  • Internet access?

  • Internet “publication”?

  • To enable E-commerce?

  • To enable E-government?


Why focus on e government

Why focus on e-government?

  • It’s the most complicated

    • If e-gov is done, e-commerce (& the rest) automatically done

  • Network and connectivity challenge is greatest with e-government

  • Allows focus on “usable knowledge” in local languages

    • Addresses the chicken and egg problem of Internet access and content

  • Reduces distortion of market signals


E sri lanka

e Sri Lanka

  • Infrastructure: Vishva Grama Fund

    • Multi-service platforms in under-served areas

      • Least-cost subsidy auctions to leverage private investment

  • Vishva Gnana Kendra enabling access through intermediaries to

    • e government services

    • Communication services

    • Education , etc.


Resources contacts

Resources & contacts

  • www.esrilanka.lk

  • http://www.ssrc.org/programs/itic/itst/

  • http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/ink/knowledge.html

  • Rohan Samarajiva

    • [email protected]

    • +94 1 34 67 27 (fax)

    • +94 1 47 87 33 (voice)


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