Engaging Remote Mountain Communities with Knowledge, Information and Technology in Kyrgyzstan - Perspectives on Central Asia

Date: 17 November 2014

In Kyrgyzstan, socio-economic disparities between urban and rural areas are considerable.These differences are particularly apparent with regard to access to knowledge and information and communication technology (ICT). Access to ICT is especially problematic for remote mountain areas. The pilot project eBilim is a mobile digital library housed in a minivan that visits ten villages each month and provides information resources for mountain communities.

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First published in April 2013, Perspectives on Central Asia is a quarterly, interdisciplinary bulletin published by Eurasian Dialogue. By promoting a holistic approach to the region, Perspectives on Central Asia builds bridges between academics, practitioners and enthusiasts working in different fields in and/or on Central Asia. Past issues have included articles on subjects ranging from academic freedom to Uzbek architecture and Tajik elections. Perspectives on Central Asia offers a platform for researchers from Central Asia and beyond to present their ideas to a wide audience. It also offers local organisations an opportunity to showcase their work in the region. Most issues feature an interview with a prominent practitioner in the region. Interviewees have included EU Special Representative to Central Asia, Patricia Flor, and Director of the OSCE Academy, Pal Dunay.