Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development, is based on a radically innovative revolutionary concept – an ICT Not-For-Profit company within the domain space. We are an eclectic group of professionals who have been cognizant of various local customs, social constraints, bureaucratic indecisions, political flux, geological barriers and regional interests which have plagued our nation for the past innumerable decades.
Despite these concerns, we believe that an opportunity has arisen to serve our nation by enhancing the granularity of our focus, i.e. the individual Nepali. Our organization will foster ICT infrastructure and service delivery applications. We will serve stakeholders ranging from central government agencies to the individual, unaffiliated citizen. As social entrepreneurs, we are dedicated to serve our customers under the aegis of the Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) model. We are not just another NGO/NFP community. We are the community that we serve. We believe in a collaborative model where the local government and communities actively participate and support ‘their’ initiatives. We believe our role is to provide external assistance in their endeavors within the cradle-to-grave project ownership paradigm.
We believe that the effective application of ICT within Nepal’s development domain space will create an ecosystem where equality, liberty and empowerment of each individual will be inevitable. With an excess of decades 100 years of cumulative professional expertise, our team has been involved in the various phases of project development from policy making, ICT architecture, mitigating social development barriers, strategizing marketing campaigns, etc. We are conscious of the various potential pitfalls and not oblivious to the archetypical ‘time-to-market’ limitations. Our collective, wide ranging and dynamic experience is our mojo and our strength. Our slogan reflects our values and commitment – ICT for Development and Empowerment.
While ICT centric artifacts are omnipresent in modern urban society, we must introspect on those multitudinous barriers which despite a plethora of funding and no lack of intent have prevented their ubiquitous in the far reaches of semi-urban, rural, and sparsely populated regions of Nepal.
A well-formed ICT infrastructure forms the underpinning framework for content delivery, service availability and thereby enhancing the quality of our daily lives. Hitherto, time consuming, indefinite responses to citizen queries can be addressed with alacrity and ease. The geological barriers of mountains get mitigated with efficient telecommunication systems. Finally, a citizen centric society emerges as newer communication technologies converge with service delivery options.
Nepal is not immune from the ICT development process which commenced in the mid-1980s. Despite the 30+ past years since its introduction, various constraints have prevented this nation and its people from being able to realize its true potential. Unfortunately, the ‘potential’ description has almost acquired a permanent status while describing the state of Nepal’s ICT environment.