The Gyaner Haats – knowledge bazaars – of Bangladesh
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
It is relatively easy to share knowledge with development practitioners, educated people and people based in urban areas – but reaching isolated people in poor rural communities (mostly semi-educated and illiterate) can be much more challenging. But it is something that Practical Action has been working on and learning about for the past few years.
The government of Bangladesh with the support of the UN Development Programme has established some 4,500 information centres across the country with the aim of giving people greater access to various government and private e-services and multi-sector information associated with their livelihoods. These centres are at union level, and geographically at sub-district level. But while representing decentralisation – they are still facing challenges in reaching the last mile, ie households at the community level.