During the last strategic planning cycle, LankaNet embarked on a quest which saw it undertake a quantum leap in its mandate from being an e-mail and Internet service provider to an emerging force in the efforts to bridge the digital divide. By ensuring social empowerment the organization now seeks to bring the benefits of Information Technology to the CSOs(Civil Society Organization and Under Previleges Groups) in Sri Lanka.
This document is a reflection of the core areas of activities and competencies that need to be undertaken by LankaNet. The process of consultation and discussion resulted in the identification of two key areas in which the organization must operate in order to successfully undertake its mandate. Viewing from a broad perspective, these areas necessarily involve the following:
- IT Support
- Web and CMS solutions
The first programme area essentially seeks to put appropriate systems in place, and help create networked offices within the CSOs. The activities are designed mainly to create competent users, thereby minimizing downtime and also to ensure increased connectivity. It hopes to enhance in-house capacity in order to promote the cost effective use of IT. The objectives of this programme area also envision the creation of e-policy committees, thereby setting the stage for an e-policy to be established within the CSO framework. Furthermore, the activities seek to provide a handbook of guidelines to be published, while at the same time recognizing institutions that should be viewed as role model institutions in terms of its use of IT.
The second programme area seeks to a create web presence and content management systems in CSOs that may not posses them, and to establish an online forum for effective sharing of knowledge.
Apart from these key programme areas, an additional area will be included under institutional development. This area seeks to ensure that LankaNet is managed effectively, efficiently and accountably. It also seeks to strengthen LankaNetï¿½s constituency and establish new partnerships. Apart from this, the activities are designed to acquire and retain highly competent and skilled staff, explore multiple sources of funding, and ensure the deployment and management of funds are carried out efficiently, effectively and accountably.
Finally, LankaNet hopes to emerge from this proposal development process as a learning organization that communicates its vision to all stakeholders effectively and executes its activities efficiently.