Telecentres In Developing Countries Essay

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Table of Contents 1.0 Introduction 2 1.1 Research Overview 2 2.0 Current Role of Telecentres in Developing Countries 3 3.0 Common Issues faced by Telecentres in Developing World 4 4.0 Telecentre Evaluation 6 5.0 Review of Selected Telecentre Projects in developing Countries 9 6.0 Current ICT Status in Sri Lanka 16 7.0 Evaluation of Nenasala (Knowledge Centre) project in Sri Lanka 18 7.1 Description of the Nenasala project in SriLanka 18 7.2 Current Status of the Nenasala project 19 7.3 Key findings of Nenasala project 19 7.3.1 Participation 20 7.3.2 Services 20 7.3.4 Locations 21 7.3.5 General Issues 22 7.3.6 Local Issues 23 7.3.7 Sustainability 24 7.3.8 Socio economic Impact of Nenasala 24 7.4 Future of Nenasala project 25 7.5 Recommendations 26 8 Conclusion 26 9.0 Bibliography 27 10.0 Appendix 1 – Transcript of the Interview with Nenasala Project Manager 28 1.0 Introduction Telecentres have been identified as an important tool by developing countries for the upliftment and enhancement of their people (Gooding 2005). These telecentres promises to deliver positive outcomes to the rural communities. Out of them Internet for all and narrowing the digital divide , socio economic development, reducing poverty , improving quality of life can be considered as the main outcomes are considered. Telecentres can be found all over the world and these centres are owned and operated by government and private organisations. More recently telecentres have been embraced by developing countries to help and improve the standard of living in the rural communities. However the establishment of these telecentres in rural areas has created success stories as well as failures. A Telecentre can be defined as a shared premise where the public can access information and communication technologies (Gooding 2003). However there is no universally accepted
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