I am not sure if anyone of you have heard about Island Community Portal (ICP). An ICT portal system initiated by ex Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology (MCST) with the help of UNDP to bridge the gaps between islands. One of my personal favourite projects.
I did an intensive study in both Dhaalu and Gaafu Dhaalu including interview based surveys, awareness programs and trainings, of course with the help and support of MCST. I would like to convey a special thanks to Ms. Malika, the Project Manager from MCST, for without her skills, support, encouragement and belief in ICP this project would have never gone even this far. At the same line thanks to the visionary and farward thinking Mr. Midhath Hilmy (current high commissioner to Malalysia) for his special and personnal interest in this project.
I did bet all I had on this, both time and money, as I believed in every single word that is said on this report and I still do. I am sharing the business sustainability report that was presented to make this project a success. The portal itself was coded in LAMP. Anyways it is a property of Government.
Few weeks before the launch of the portal the Ministry was out of commissioned (I guess Maldives is too advanced to have a Ministry for ICT but don’t take my word on that!) and the project went havoc! The task was later deligated to NCIT but it never had the impact and support to come alive, at least personally that is how I felt and I lost the zest! (I may be wrong here!) After several months NCIT did approached to re-initiate the project. However, knowing that it had limited funding and the codes had some last minute bugs due to a critical change in PHP programming language and our dependent on that and owing to the fact that I had made other commitments, I decided not to devote my time on something so criticed! Sorry to say this, but I have no faith in NCIT!
Anyways, I still have faith in this project. Have an open mind, for this might sound flattery and wishful thinking to some people but by any chance if anyone shared a similar interest and think can get enough community support, I will be excited to work on this (with respect to my availability)! On the other hand you are free to use the concepts and ideas in any fashion you want!
Last I believe this report should belong to the public domain but at the same time I know this is a Government property, so if they want, they can sue me for sharing without consent!
icp_sustainability_report.pdf (in pdf format)