Nenasala Project ( National Telecenter Project)
The Nenasala Project is one of the projects implemented under the e-Sri Lanka Initiative. Formally known as the “Vishva Gnana Kendra Project (Nenasala)”, ICTA has incorporated it under the “Nenasala” label to introduce several models of the telecentres or knowledge centres to be established in all parts of Sri-Lanka to spread ICT services to the rural and semi-urban population.
The Project will aim to meet the infrastructure requirements in order to address the information and communication needs of rural areas in all parts of the country through the establishment of Nenasalas, and the provision of ICT based services.
As the diffusion and the use of ICTs in rural areas is limited, it is recognized that the most effective and efficient way to provide access to ICTs for rural areas will be through the establishment of Nenasalas. The main objectives of a Nenasala is to assist communities in:
- Poverty reduction
- Social and economic development
- Peace building.
Since the inception of the project, a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approach is being implemented under the Nenasala project with the aim of measuring performance, learning lessons, and making required corrective actions.
Through building capacities and regular follow up activities, the collection of ongoing data at the Nenasala center level were promoted throughout the period. As a result, Nenasala log books were being maintained by the center operators for the purpose of maintaining the day to day administrative and usage data which will be useful for measuring the performance.
In addition, several periodic and independent evaluation surveys were also carried out under the ICTA central M&E unit, to assess the development outcomes and impacts of the Nenasala project. Furthermore, the Nenasala project management team, in collaboration with the M&E team, a regular field visits were also conducted to Nenasala center on random basis to ensure the quality of implementation.
The Nenasala Management team organize regular capacity building programmes for operators aiming to upgrade their day to day management skills as well as enabling them to improve the visibility of the Nenasala centers in the community. These programmes were systematically, monitored by the M&E team using different M&E tools