From Envisioning to Designing E-Development: The Experience of Sri Lanka

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This is the first of two volumes on moving e–Sri Lanka from a vision to a full-fledged program design and to early implementation. E–Sri Lanka is an integrated, client-driven program and the first of its kind to be funded by the World Bank. It is about investing in the necessary policies, institutions, capabilities, infrastructures, and information technology applications for Sri Lanka to join the global knowledge economy, transform government services, and empower local communities.

This publication is responsive to the strong demand from policy makers and development practitioners for “how to” literature. It moves beyond the dominant static analysis of knowledge and e-readiness assessments and shares best practices in designing integrated e-development lending operations. It should also resonate with program designers in developing countries who are translating their visions of information technology-enabled development into sound strategies and investment programs. Academic researchers too may benefit from this literature in an emerging field.

This volume captures the rich knowledge generated while designing holistic e-development programs and building knowledge partnerships with our client countries. It opens up the design process and the influence of stakeholders to examination and reflection so as to search

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