The meeting of experts on Empowering the Rural Area through community e-Centres is organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), jointly with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), with funds provided by the Japan Fund for ICT (JFICT).
The objectives of the meeting are to (a) perform a project implementation review, and to (b) develop a concept plan for possible follow-ups based on the outputs from the final regional workshop which was held in October 2009 .
Project implementation review
Prior to this meeting of experts, the project implementing units (PIU) from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal will be conducting respective country-level review sessions. The results of such country-level review sessions will be presented at the meeting.
During this meeting, PIUs, ADB and ESCAP will have the opportunity to review the process of project implementation, including the achievement of the expected outputs and the reasons why they were or were not achieved, and identify successful and unsuccessful practices during project implementation.
Developing a concept plan for possible follow-ups based on the outputs from the Regional Workshop on Community e-Centres for rural development held in October 2009
At the meeting, the participating experts will provide their views on possible future follow-up activities such as how to make the Community e-Centers (CeCs) sustainable after the first phase of donor support, possible expansion of work areas, introduction of new technologies, and how to incorporate CeC development into the national ICT and development policies. Participating experts will be expected to identify and suggest actions to be carried out by the national governments in order to ensure sustainability of the CeCs implemented, including policy options such as using universal service obligation funds for sustainability, and establishing partnerships with public and private entities.
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