PROPOSAL: Towards a Networked Economy in Myanmar

Posted on December 23, 2014  /  0 Comments


It is proposed that research-based interventions be undertaken in parallel on all major aspects of the Internet eco-system in Myanmar, namely infrastructure and services, users with skills, user interfaces and attractive content and applications. It is contended that with this novel “allfronts” approach has the potential to accelerate Myanmar’s progress from one of the least connected countries to an inclusive information society. The work will be undertaken in partnership with Myan ICT for Development Organization (MIDO), with the intention of mentoring the members of MIDO to reach their potential as policy intellectuals and future leaders and to strengthen the organization. The proposed work includes quantitative and qualitative studies that build on the baseline nationwide survey and qualitative studies. This research will be utilized in policy interventions and in the development innovation briefs for the development of apps and content useful for “those unlike app developers.” Scalable solutions for enhancing the ability of users to make full use of the Internet will be worked out. On the terminal “front,” the focus will be on raising awareness about meeting the needs of the differently abled. Supply-side interventions such as actions to improve the capacity of policy makers, regulators and stakeholders and rapid-response interventions will be undertaken primarily in the field of ICTs and to a limited extent in electricity which is a key barrier to broadband supply in Myanmar. Policy enlightenment will be the focus of e government activities where the principal activities are likely to be undertaken by government entities directly funded by development partners.

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