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

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CHAPTER 3
The e-Sri Lanka Program Design

In E-Sri Lanka: An ICT Development Road Map, the government of Sri Lanka identified information and communication technology as a key to achieving growth, equity, and peace—through technological and institutional transformation of all sectors in the economy and development of the ICT industry (Sri Lanka, Ministry of Science and Technology 2002). E-Sri Lanka, the outcome of the process described in the previous chapter, is a comprehensive program of leveraging ICT to improve the delivery of public services, increase the competitiveness of the private sector, promote new sources of growth, accelerate social development, bridge the digital divide, and support peace.1 It aims to support the country’s growth and poverty reduction strategy. It takes account of the key challenges and opportunities in using ICT for development. And it builds on the synergies and interdependencies in e-development.

The program is continually evolving through an adaptive learning process led by the newly established ICT Agency. As an innovative program led by a newly created institution, it is bound to change in response to a highly fluid political environment, shifting expectations, and the learning gained through implementation.

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