Sri Lanka Telecentre Family Network Project

There has been dramatic growth in telecentres and other local information and communication technology (ICT) projects in Sri Lanka. The largest of these, the Nanasala (rural knowledge centres) program, aims to reach 1 000 villages across the nation. Sarvodaya, an early pioneer in telecentres, has a program of 35 telecentres and 100 village information centres. There are also a small number of other telecentres run by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). To be successful, these efforts will require telecentre manager training, technical and business support, and knowledge-sharing across programs.

This grant will allow Sarvodaya in partnership with the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) to implement the "Sri Lanka Telecentre Family Network" project. The project will concentrate on developing the skills of knowledge workers, improving the standards of ICT-enabled services, and achieving greater community participation in the implementation and use of rural knowledge centres. It will foster partnerships and linkages between knowledge workers, local authorities and development actors at the local, regional and national levels.

Outputs of the project will include a handbook detailing rural knowledge centre operation, service standards and a service menu, and a website showcasing examples of best practice.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Sunday, May 28, 2006

End Date

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Ceballos, Florencio

Total funding

CA$ 265,330


Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Project Leader

Vinya Shanthidas Ariyaratne


Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya (Inc.)

Institution Country

Sri Lanka