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March 24, 2008

Fusion – ends tenure as GKP- Regional Cordinator for South Asia


Fusion has successfully concluded another responsibility as the Regional Coordinator of GKP- South Asia. GKP (Global Knowledge Partnership is the biggest ICT4d and K4D alliance in the world. Regional Coordinator is elected for 2 year terms, by the regional membership, to coordinate the overall South Asia region.

Having 34 members comprising of Governments, Civil Society and Corporate sector organizations, South Asia region holds the biggest (24%) membership of GKP. During two year tenure (2006 May – 2008 March), Fusion had carried out multiple programs to maintain the dynamism of the whole region.

Among the highlights;

* Fusion managed to draw additional donor funding (UNDP) to the SA region
* 6 multi-stakeholder partnership projects initiated and implemented directly benefiting 14 member organizations
* 3 Regional meetings conducted on regular basis representing multiple countries (Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh), and facilitated
participatory planing process
* Generated regional dynamism, mobilizing diverse partners across diverse sectors seeking new multi-stakeholder engagements
(eg ICTA – govt of Sri Lanka sponsoring GK3 South Asia pavilion, Naturesoft – corporate sector partnering with SEWA of
India, D.Net of Bangladesh publishing a book on multi country case studies).

By action Sarvodaya-Fusion had demonstrated passion, dedication, impartiality and ability to generate results for the benefit of the wider regional membership.

“We appreciate the successful tenure of Sarvodaya-Fusion!” – High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT), Government of Nepal. Joined together with appreications were, FIT of Nepal, One World South Asia (OWSA) and Naturesoft, India; D.Net & BNNRC, Bangladesh, KADO of Pakistan, YATV Sri Lanka etc.

Nevertheless, two members acknowledged that they expected more.

In the final closing up mail circular to the region Fusion stated; “we tried our best to deliver most out of quite thin resources available for the region. Nevertheless our sincere apologies if we could not satisfy all”.

Though Fusion has been nominated to contest for a another term as Regional Cordinator, organization decided not to contest, leaving the door open for other regional members to take the opportunity.

Nevertheless, Fusion intends to accept the nominations for GKP-Executive Committee, to deliver the services at a different capacity.

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement for the People in Need.