Namali Premawardhana, Author at LIRNEasia


Access to the right devices (internet-enabled smartphones), affordable internet services, relevant content in a language known to the user, and the appropriate skills to make use of these digital services are collectively seen to be important to ensure economic and social development.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a huge role in our economy. It is estimated that 52% of Sri Lanka’s GDP comes from the SME sector. Therefore, if SMEs perform better, the economy as a whole will perform better.  But how can SMEs improve their business?  Our AfterAccess SME survey in Sri Lanka conducted in early 2019 (pre-COVID19) showed that SMEs who are more digitally connected SMEs are more successful in their businesses in various aspects.
A look back on the policy impacts we've made with our research, over 15 years of work in the Asia Pacific
Report of a study of ICT use among PWD in India, conducted for LIRNEasia by VIHARA
Living with disability from birth has helped Rajan develop a “can-do” attitude towards living an active and independent life. Becoming disabled later in life, in contrast, has left our next respondent, in very different circumstances.

Happy New Year 2020!

Posted on December 28, 2019  /  0 Comments

See more on what “Inclusion” means to us in our latest annual report

2018-2019 Annual Report

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LIRNEasia's Annual Report of Activities during the financial year to March 2019.
image of a researcher interviewing a respondent while another person does some work Announcing a research internship opportunity open on our qualitative research project on persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Sri Lanka.
A list of selected media coverage on AfterAccess following dissemination of the Sri Lanka data and report

LIRNEasia at RightsCon 2019

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LIRNEasia research presented at RightsCon 2019 in Tunis
Image of the panel at the Sri Lanka launch of AfterAccess Asia in Colombo on 22.05.2019 Sri Lanka performs poorly on digital indicators, awareness of internet and related services does not translate to use, and the majority of social media users in Sri Lanka think that blocking social media during times of national unrest "is the right thing to do".
Screenshot of the article as published on the Foreign Policy website The biggest barrier to policing social media is language. Based on a draft LIRNEasia white paper on neural language processing. Published in Foreign Policy.
A list of selected media coverage on AfterAccess following dissemination of the data and report in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
A list of selected media coverage on AfterAccess following dissemination of the data and report in Dhaka, Bangladesh
A list of selected media coverage on AfterAccess following dissemination of the Pakistan data and report
A selection of coverage by Indian media of the AfterAccess surveys