Community Driven Universal Access Solutions in Cambodia : Pilots to Policy Research

In Cambodia new information and communication technologies (ITCs) are almost nonexistent outside the major cities. The country's national ICT policy framework is in its formative stage, receptive to policy research and strategy development for digital inclusion of poor rural areas.

This project will support collaboration between key players in government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academia and business in the design of a new approach to implementing and mainstreaming universal access to ICTs. Two e-community pilot projects will be tested in the Kep fishing community and the Kamchay Mear farming community, respectively. The pilot projects will feature innovative wireless technologies, participatory ICT service development, alternative energy use and local institutional development.

The lessons learned and recommendations arising from the two pilot projects will inform the universal access policy and action plan. Also, a small grants fund will be set up for the double purpose of building Cambodian research capacity and supporting the project goals with relevant studies.

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Project status


Start Date

Monday, May 1, 2006

End Date

Friday, October 15, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Ng Lee Hoon, Maria

Total funding

CA$ 1,462,400


Cambodia, Far East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Sorasak PAN


Cambodia. Ministry of Commerce

Institution Country