Leveraging technology for social change in Sri Lanka

Friend and colleague Sam de Silva, also the Country Director of Internews Sri Lanka, has an interesting op-ed published in The Daily FT today.

Communications and information are critical to the success of this new Government, particularly with the two massive undertakings of building a new constitution and taking the country through a reconciliation process. The Government must have a clear and comprehensible agenda for both and media and civil society must do their part to communicate these to an increasingly restive public. If done reasonably well, the new constitution and the transitional justice processes will lay the groundwork for a strong and unified Sri Lanka, where the distinctions between Sinhalese and Tamil no longer drive the public dialogue. It is in this context that participatory democracy can bloom.

Read it in full here or as a print ready PDF here.

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