This issue of i4d is entering its Fifth Volume. And we are all very delighted to provide you a bit of insight about how we have sustained knowledge sharing for the past four years.
Since May 2003 when i4d as a magazine was first conceptualised and published, we have come a long way. In 2004, with the growing enthusiasm, and demand from our readers, the magazine became a monthly, servicing not only Indian and Asian readership but also the global ICT for development community reaching out in over 134 countries. The online resources being put together in the i4d programme and the news services being provided to the community of practitioners has make i4d an important knowledge sharing platform, tool and resource.
We have brought out 40 issues of i4d magazine since its inception. Thanks to support coming from the authors, the readers, and the international donor agencies and support organisations, we have focussed on quality and service to the community.
In November last year, we conducted a survey of the i4d in our magazine and to our international subscribers of i4d. The responses have been overwhelmingly positive and show the value addition that our team has been able to provide to the ICT4D community. This level of achievement has been possible due to the visionary leadership provided by our International Advisory Board.
We would like to acknowledge continuing support from the following partners: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Pan Asia Networking Programme of International Development Research Centre (IDRC), UNDP’s ICTD Programme in India administered by National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), GIS Development, Bellanet International Secretariat, telecentre.org, Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), Microsoft, International Institute for Communications and Development (IICD), Hivos, etc. Any publication can sustain only if it keeps a fair, and high quality content, and each of you can be an active contributor in this community of practitioners as an author, if you are not already one.
As in the past four years, we are facilitating international level experts and practitioners, product exhibitors and policy makers, donors and academia to come together and interact face to face. This is planned as a multi-stakeholder partnership event. The theme we are focusing on Asian Telecentre Forum track, which is emerging as a thrust area for poverty reduction. We hope to meet several of you at the upcoming eAsia 2007 event starting from February 7-9, 2007