Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
A Critical Analysis on the Implementation Status of Telecentres in Nepal-Bidya Nidhi Lamsal , Prof. Pat Hall,Ass. Prof. Anup Banskota

A Critical Analysis on the Implementation Status of Telecentres in Nepal-Bidya Nidhi Lamsal , Prof. Pat Hall,Ass. Prof. Anup Banskota

|Views: 77|Likes:
Published by eletsonline

More info:

Published by: eletsonline on Nov 22, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





“A Critical Analysis on the Implementation Status of Telecentres inNepal”
By:Bidya Nidhi Lamsal
, Prof. Pat Hall
and Ass. Prof. Anup Banskota
31, 2, 3
Department of Computer Science and EngineeringSchool of EngineeringKathmandu University,Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
September, 2008
Telecentres are now the focus of much attention in rural development discourse, hailed as the solution to development problems by providing desperately needed access toinformation and communication technologies (ICTs). “Telecentre” is a generic term and there are a great variety of telecentres. My study focused on characterizing the implementation status of the telecentres in Nepaland documenting the extent of and barriers to further development. I visited most of thesponsors of telecentres, and many of the telecentres themselves, interviewing people,observing the telecentres at work, and filling up the questionnaires. The goal was to usethis information to develop strategies and actions that could be taken to overcome digitaldivide barriers and increase the development of telecentres in support at rural level in Nepal. I used ArcGIS 9.2 to create a complete database (spatial/non-spatial) and athematic layer of telecentres as an overlay on a digital map of Nepal. This also used toanalyse the telecentres’ locations, coverage and the population they serve. I found that more than 50% of the telecentres in Nepal are in a critical condition and at risk of closing. The critical influencing factors for sustainable rural telecentres aretechnological barriers, socio-economical dynamics, IT education and the geographical placement.This paper critically reviews a number of themes and issues and suggests a technical framework for the implementation of the sustainable telecentres in rural areas of Nepal.
INTRODUCTIONA telecentre is a public place where people can access computers, the Internet, and otherdigital technologies that enable people to gather information, create, learn, andcommunicate with others while they develop essential 21
-century digital skills
. Whileeach telecentre is different, their common focus is on the use of digital technologies tosupport community, economic, educational, and social development—reducing isolation,bridging the digital divide, promoting health issues, creating economic opportunities, andreaching out to youth. Telecentres exist in almost every country, although they sometimesgo by different names (e.g., village knowledge centers, infocentres, communitytechnology centers, community multimedia centers, or school-based telecentres).The rapid improvements in information and communication technologies arerevolutionizing the way modern governments deliver services to the citizens. Nepal, adeveloping country has also taken steps towards e-government transformation, similar tothe governments in developed countries. Government of Nepal in its 10th five-year planhas aimed to establish 1500 rural telecentres within the country, with strategic focus oncontent development and social appropriation, sustainability and community ownershipissues
 In Nepal, there are rural and remote communities that have been left behind in terms of educational and technological equity and access.
The current government of Nepal has set atarget for government services to be available in electronic format in some years to come.Initiatives under development are predominantly aimed at providing access to ICT for thosewho do not have access elsewhere. Similar provision already exists in many communitiesacross neighboring countries in the form of telecentres, e-centres,
kiosks and many more.
Furthermore, development of government initiatives is occurring at such a speed thatinsufficient attention has been paid to lessons that can be learnt from existing telecentres. Theargument here is that before further developments are planned, it was necessary to undertakeresearch to examine the extent to which people use existing telecentres.Unfortunately, such research has not yet been carried out to alert the development of government policy as well as the concerning organizations in this area. It is within thiscontext that the present study was undertaken and the aims and objectives of the study set toaddress this gap in research.

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->