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Cablegate: Sri Lanka: Usaid Internet-Related Initiatives

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STATE FOR NICOLAS FETCHKO, EB/CIP/BA
STATE PASS USAID
MCC FOR S GROFF, D NASSIRY AND E BURKE


E.O 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECPS EINT EAID PHUM CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: USAID INTERNET-RELATED INITIATIVES

REF: STATE 142147

1. Below is a brief summary of Internet-related USAID programs
related to the Internet, as requested reftel:

Project Name: Sri Lanka Peace Support Project
Recipient: Info-Share

Project Description: Using information and communication technology
to increase information exchange and collaboration between
stakeholders engaged in peace building and conflict resolution
programs in Sri Lanka.

IT Component: Info-Share links civil society organizations
implementing conflict resolution programs through information
networks to increase the dissemination of program information,
technical resources and survey data. Info-Share has launched a
virtual peace library - www.peacelibrary.org and an on-line
program event calendar providing an opportunity for civil society
organizations to coordinate and publicize their program activities.
They are supporting other USAID programs, recently completing an
information and communication needs assessment for the assessment
the Sri Lanka Auditor General's Department an integral component of
the Sri Lanka Anti Corruption Program.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $147,870.00
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $110,788.00


Project Name: Last Mile Initiative
Recipient: Information and Communications Technology Agency of the
Government of Sri Lanka

Project Description: Providing Internet access to underserved areas
island-wide.

IT Component: Funding the establishment of connectivity in
commercially-based computer centers in underserved areas, including
piloting the use of new technology solutions (Directional WIFI,
WIMAX, Satellite) to determine feasibility and sustainability.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $0
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $400,000.00


Project Name: English - Computer-Based Learning
Recipient: DynEd, Inc.

Project Description: Piloting the use of computer-based English
language instruction in eight centers throughout Sri Lanka in
private and public sector teaching facilities.

IT Component: Provision of instructional English software, teacher
training, and in some cases computers, servers and related Internet
connections.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $0
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $370,000

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