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People First Network (PFnet)
Institution: Ministry of Provincial Government and Rural Development
People First Network
Rural Development Volunteers Association
Theme: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2001
Summary: The People First Network (PFnet) was initiated by the UNDP/United Nations Office for Project Services participatory development and institutional strengthening project, Solomon Islands Development Administration and Participatory Planning Programme. The objective of the network is to improve rural communication and facilitate information flows, especially in an environment decimated by the ethnic conflict that has collapsed the economy.

The web site, which was launched in January 2001, has two key components: an Internet café and a rural e-mail network. The Internet café in Honiara allows residents of the capital city to access the Internet for writing e-mails to any location across the country. Residents can browse the World Wide Web in search of information or post their own information to share with others. The community e-mail stations are operator-assisted and thus accessible to everyone, and a simple message service allows users without e-mail addresses to receive mail.
Impact: The People First Network facilitates point-to-point communication to and from the remote provinces of the Solomon Islands using affordable, sustainable and appropriate technology. It facilitates rural development and peace-related information flows among all social groups as well as the exchange of information between communities and development programmes, NGOs, government offices and other stakeholders.
Source: Rural Development Volunteers Association
Project Home URL: http://www.peoplefirst.net.sb

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