Introduction

Framing pathways to IT infrastructure development in Nepal (Phase-2)

This project is funded by the Ford Foundation , South Asia Regional Office.

The quality of the present Internet connectivity is at the bottom end of the international standard and global averages. The user experience of the IT infrastructure on the ground is fraught with problems of feeble household Internet adoption and poor quality of service. To change the picture, the government plans for fostering IT through increased diffusion and by installing new infrastructure. Many projects are underway utilizing the universal service fund (RTDF) to extend connectivity. Many new infrastructure will also be built in the wake of recent elections utilizing RTDF, local and international funds. The current approach, however, appears to be unaware of findings from numerous infrastructure studies and unsustainable projects in the South Asian region. Infrastructure development efforts in Nepal have largely followed a top-down strategy. Such a development model is usually rigid and apathetic to both demand and use, and thus triggers complex socio-political struggles among actors for ownership, share or rent. Such models have also been seen as a move away from ‘self-sufficiency’.

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Researchers

Events

Group formation workshop for local level planning of ICT infrastructure

Organized by Martin Chautari and Chinnamasta Progressive Women Cooperative
Chinnamasta Progressive Women Cooperative, Changunarayan
(Schedule)

Discussion on Infrastructure: Reflections from ICT, Energy, and Road Sectors

Organized by Martin Chautari, Kathmandu
Yalamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur
(Schedule)

Group formation workshop for local level planning of ICT infrastructure

Organized by Martin Chautari and Nasancha Pucha:
Gyan Bikash Community Library, Panauti
(Schedule)

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Publication

Changing connectivities and renewed priorities: Status and challenges facing Nepali Internet
by Shailesh Pandey and Nischal Regmi
First Monday, Volume 23, Number 1 - 1 January 2018
http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/8071/6613

Pandey, Shailesh B. and Nischal Regmi. 2017. Writings on ICT and Related Infrastructures: A Bibliography. [version 1; 20 April]

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