Looking back, moving forward – ICT4Peace in Sri Lanka

It’s been a tremendously challenging year for us in Sri Lanka.

Despite the increased violence and the severe erosion of the peace process, InfoShare designed, developed and launched a number of state-of-the-art ICT for Peace (ICT4Peace) initiatives to strengthen conflict resolution and democracy.

InfoShare’s own PeaceLibrary was launched this year. We added over 1,000 new resources to the PeaceLibrary in 2006 and also began the InfoShare Research Unit blog, which hopes to alert users of the PeaceLibrary on new content as well as resources on the web that are of interest to the larger community of actors engaged in conflict resolution. A comprehensive user survey towards the end of year clearly indicated the need to expand and strengthen PeaceLibrary resources, with many respondents clearly articulating the continuing need for a central repository of knowledge and information on peacebuilding in Sri Lanka.

InfoShare designed and deployed, supporting the Centre for Policy Alternative’s Voices of Reconciliation (VOR) project, groundbreaking Citizen Journalism and New Media initiatives in Sri Lanka – Groundviews and VOR Radio.

Also supporting the work of CPA and demonstrating it’s commitment to media development in Sri Lanka, InfoShare designed, developed and deployed the websites of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), the Federation of Media Employees Trade Union (FMETU) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum (SLMMF).

For a fuller list of InfoShare’s activities, please visit here.

Though the challenges of peacebuilding will invariably increase in 2007 in Sri Lanka, InfoShare will continue to support the work of CSOs / NGOs / CBOs and other developmental actors in the field of conflict resolution, development and peacebuilding through the innovative use of technology.

I wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a fruitful, peaceful New Year.

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