Rohan Samarajiva


Sambandh: Reconnecting India and the Region

Posted on February 8, 2020  /  0 Comments

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Notes from a talk given by Prof. Rohan Samarajiva at "Launch & Panel Discussion | Sambandh: Reconnecting India and the Region"

Social Innovation with impact

Posted by Rohan Samarajiva on December 22, 2019  /  0 Comments

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Abstract from a talk given by Rohan Samarajiva

Social innovation with impact (Presentation)

Posted by Rohan Samarajiva on November 22, 2019  /  0 Comments

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Presented by Prof. Rohan Samarajiva at SLAAS / SLIC Conference "From Innovation to Impact" 2019 on 22nd November 2019. Colombo, Sri Lanka

Convenience and disclosure of disability

Posted by Rohan Samarajiva on November 4, 2019  /  0 Comments

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What one man's daily commute can tell us about the benefits and discomforts of disclosing one's disability

Remembering Deunden Nikomborirak

Posted by Rohan Samarajiva on November 2, 2019  /  2 Comments

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What does one say about the passing of Deunden Nikomborirak?  How does one adequately mourn the death of one so accomplished, one with so much more to give?  What does one say about a death too early? I recalled our last lunch together, several years ago.  Too many.

Our alumni continue the good work

Posted by Rohan Samarajiva on May 25, 2019  /  0 Comments

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Five years ago, we celebrated the first of our alumni entering a PhD program.   And today we celebrate the first of our alumni completing a PhD.  Congratulations to Dr Dimuthu Ratnadiwakara who did wonderful work in the short time he worked with us.  He is now on the tenure track at Louisiana State University.  As a lapsed academic I cannot but be proud of Dimuthu’s achievements.

CPRsouth – a break and future direction

Posted by Rohan Samarajiva on May 14, 2019  /  1 Comments

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I write with some sadness.  After 13 consecutive academies and conferences, we are compelled to take a year’s break.  There is no money for CPRsouth in 2019. IDRC continues to value our work; but changed priorities (no longer is “future leaders” a thing) means that they did not allocate funding for us this year. Given my time constraints, I could only try for a single funder who would pick up the core funding including travel.

Enhancing lives of PWDs in Nepal [Policy Briefs]

Posted on May 1, 2019  /  0 Comments

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LIRNEasia proposed simple, immediately actionable ways to promote independent living by persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Nepal.
Presented by Rohan Samarajiva at Data Governance event at Royal School of Public Administration, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 4, 2019.

Why are we afraid of opening up? (Presentation)

Posted on February 28, 2019  /  0 Comments

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Presented by Prof. Rohan Samarajiva at the Asia Liberty Forum in Colombo on 28th February 2019.

Data-driven governance in Sri Lanka

Posted on December 7, 2018  /  0 Comments

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Presented by Prof. Rohan Samarajiva at United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development. December, 2018.
Presented by Rohan Samarajiva, for AfterAccess Team at IGF in Kathmandu, Nepal. 03.11.2018
Rohan Samarajiva, Gayani Hurulle, (2018) "Metrics to improve universal-service fund disbursements", Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance,
We rely on fiber-optic cables. The last mile may be wireless, but in the middle are the big pipes, dominated by fiber. The scientist responsible has passed away according to NYT. “The word ‘visionary’ is overused, but I think in the case of Charles Kao, it’s entirely appropriate because he really did see a world that was connected, by light, using the medium of optical fiber,” said John Dudley, a researcher in fiber optics based in France and a former president of the European Physical Society. “And I think society today owes him a great deal for that work.
The slideset used in the speech given as Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of Research for Transport and Logistics Industry 2018 Conference, on 7 July 2018.  
The search for a silver bullet ICT solution for low/volatile prices for agricultural produce continues, even when it should by now be evident that there is none. What matters is the level of supply and demand when the crop is ready to be harvested. We have great difficulty in foretelling the future. ICTs can, as the Economist points out, result in faster and wider dissemination of misleading or irrelevant information such as what is everyone growing at this particular time. What is relevant is the price that will be fetched when the crop is harvested, which is determined by supply and demand at that time.