By Nagy K. Hanna
'From Envisioning to Designing e-Development' offers a concrete case in bridging the distance among imaginative and prescient and actionable courses. It captures how Sri Lankans labored with neighborhood stakeholders and relief corporation opposite numbers in relocating from constructing a shared imaginative and prescient of finished e-development to designing a multiyear funding software, making a nationwide ICT corporation, and piloting, enforcing, and adapting the tactic.
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New management, arriving in Colombo in July 2002, soon after the first mission, sensed an unusually strong interest at the highest levels of government and business in seeking Bank assistance for this new and untested area. On its recommendation, the Bank’s regional management allowed the project team a chance to visit Sri Lanka again—as long as it came back with a simpler and much smaller Designing e–Sri Lanka: Process, Principles, Lessons 15 program, perhaps even a pilot for a first phase, and as long as it addressed many of the constraints on ICT mainstreaming and practice in the Bank.
In the early stages, when the ICT Agency was still being established, the 26 From Envisioning to Designing e-Development Bank team had no choice but to take the lead in developing the overall conceptual design of e–Sri Lanka, in line with the aspirations of key stakeholders. 14 Knowledge-based partnerships are not easy to build and are seldom used except by the best professional services organizations (Dawson 2005). The budgetary process and pressures of the project cycle in aid agencies do not always encourage or account for the time or resources needed for sharing information, building knowledge tools, developing communities of practice, and nurturing professional dialogue.
This commitment was confirmed after other South Asian client countries requested Bank assistance similar to that requested for e–Sri Lanka. Several other aid agencies expressed greater interest in collaboration and financing as the e–Sri Lanka program began to provide a common framework for investment and technical assistance in ICT. All this interest helped reinforce ownership of the e–Sri Lanka program by the Bank’s South Asia regional unit. When e–Sri Lanka was presented to the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, in September 2004, members endorsed the program despite Designing e–Sri Lanka: Process, Principles, Lessons 19 concerns about its ambitious scope and about the untested ICT Agency.