Fwd: [bytesforall_readers] B4All readers feedback sought: Re: Regarding ICT equipment donation of UNDP

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 17:48:46 CDT


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From: parthadhaka <parthadhaka@yahoo.com>
Date: Jun 12, 2007 8:42 PM
Subject: [bytesforall_readers] B4All readers feedback sought: Re:
Regarding ICT equipment donation of UNDP
To: bytesforall_readers@yahoogroups.com

To All Bytes for All readers,

I think Shakib has raised an important issue. Bangladesh Election
Commission (http://www.ecs.gov.bd/index.php3) is going to procure a
large number of ICT equipments including 11,000 laptops for voter
registration purpose. But what would be its NEXT usage in post-
registration scenario?

UNDP Bangladesh is connected to 'Bytes for All' readers forum and
would like to hear from YOU. Your comments and suggestions on the
experience would be compiled and presented in a policy paper from
UNDP to Election Commission of Bangladesh. A summary of this
discussion will also be published at our Bangladesh ICT policy
monitor network at: http://bangladeshictpolicy.bytesforall.net

As many of you know, Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) is going
to prepare a fresh voter list, end result of which would be voter ID
card with photographs, fingerprints and other necessary information.
There is a plan that this voter registration information can also be
extended in preparing national ID cards. A pilot project to this
voter registration process has already started in Sreepur
municipality of Gazipur some 50 kilometers away from Dhaka (See more
at: http://www.thedailystar.net/2007/06/11/d7061101022.htm).UNDP
is likely to provide technical and other required supports that BEC
might need to complete the process of registration which includes
procurement of necessary equipment.

In a country like Bangladesh, where there is a big need of
technology enabled development and has lower penetration of ICT, it
is really important for us to think what could be the best possible
usage of these equipments? I know there are some comments coming in
to use those for rural schools, madrashas and other places. But what
about distributing those computers to post offices, union
parishads/other local government offices or to national telecentre
network who have better capability (at financially) to maintain and
to provide access in rural Bangladesh.

We look forward to hearing from you. I know there are many members
(in this list) who are subscribed here from other countries of South
Asia or from abroad, but it would be really interesting to hear and
to know - what the other countries have done in the similar
situation and why.

Best wishes,

Partha Sarker
Co-founder, Bytes for All

> Hi all,
> As few of you already perhaps are aware of, UNDP Bangladesh has
> to donate few thousands of laptops/computers and other related ICT
> equipments to Election Commission of Bangladesh. The reason for
> donation is regarding completion of voter registration process.
> Now reportedly, this registration process will take 8/9 months to
> complete. After the registration process is done – the fate of
> huge lot of equipment remains yet undecided. What do you think
> be of best use for these equipments in post-registration scenario?
> Please share your views, ideas regarding this.
> Thanks in advance.
> Shakib Ahmed

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Edward Cherlin
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