Session 3: ICTs to improve rural livelihoods

Moderator: Olivier Nana Nzepa | Discussant: Alison Gillwald

Enhancing affordability of roof-top solar using communications

Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Prabhjot Kaur

slides | paper | policy-brief

Negotiating Access to Information: the Case of Sri Lankan Cucurbit Farmers

Chiranthi Rajapakse,Piyumi Gamage, Andy Dearden, Melissa Densmore, Marion Walton [presented by Helani Galpaya]

slides | paper | policy-brief

  • Provide updated information and alternatives
    • Farmers know when knowledge is outdated
    • Key indicator of “up-to-date” is when data sources tell them how to handle crisis
  • Give complete information
    • Published GAP standards give broad guidelines and at times not specific enough (e.g.: “use only approved chemicals”)
    • Feedback from farmers can be effective (cheaper or father ways of doing things) and can be provided as alternative methods in the official guideline
  • Mobile-phone based interventions to disburse knowledge could fail unless they access the diversity of information sources

Sustainability of Digital Intermediaries in Rural Development: A case study of e-Gram Vishwagram project of Gujarat, India.

Ravinder Verma

slides | paper | policy-brief

Policy recommendations:

  • Regular updating of services and creating awareness about telecentres through active role of government and private partners.
  • Partnership among digital intermediaries to learn and grow.
  • Regular availability of work through work distribution management among the digital intermediaries.
  • Innovate to create new services based on the local needs and encourage the digital intermediaries to act as an entrepreneurs to capture opportunities.
  • Sustainability in form of multiplier effect.

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