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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 101

Sri Lanka: UNDP-Suntel venture provides CDMA telephones to CBOs

Colombo, 26 January, (Asiantribune.com): A total of 363 community based organizations are to receive CDMA telephones through a UNDP-Suntel venture. This scheme will further enhance UNDP’s efforts to develop capacities of grass root level organizations in the tsunami affected coastal districts. Better access to information and increased communication facilities would be a boon to these institutions.

Community based organizations (CBOs) in Batticaloa were the latest to receive these rental free wireless telephones donated by the Suntel Relief Fund. A total of 20 CBOs funded under UNDP’s ‘Strong Places’ project which builds institutional capacities, and 16 CBOs supported by other UNDP projects received CDMA phones.

These organizations can now access the internet, communicate with donors, partners and other stakeholders via e-mail. They will also have access to the latest information on development related activities around the world. The CBOs could also generate an income by setting up communication centres, especially in rural areas where telephones are sparse.

Under this UNDP private sector partnership Suntel, a local Telecom service provider is to make available CDMA phones to 363 CBOs in Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Trincomalee and Ampara at a cost of Rs.2.82 million as an institutional capacity building measure. Tsunami helpdesks set up by the Human Rights Commission in the affected districts will also receive 12 CDMA phones through this project.

- Asian Tribune -

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