The Business incubation process started in around early quarter of 2005, when internet connectivity was for the first time started in Hunza valley. The focus remained on capacity building of local entrepreneurs through trainings in computer, internet, web designing, and business management.
The project motivated the entrepreneurs to use internet to access wide network of customers and clientele especially from the tourism perspective. According to the assessment carried out in June 2007, an average of 30.51% improvement/growth was recorded in incubated businesses. This includes 36.79% improvement in tourism industry, 30.58% in trade and commerce and 24.17% in service industry.
The project established two E-village Resource Centers (EVRC) in Altit and Hussainabad to test the potential of ICT in village planning and development. This action research project was implemented with the help of Altit Town Management Committee (ATMC) and Hussainabad Islahi Committee (HIC).
The centres provided subsidised internet facilities and basic computer trainings to the villagers, in order to enable them to access and use the required information from internet according to their needs and interests.
The human and institutional capacity of the local partner organisations were strengthened through different workshops and training session to enable them to carry out their own development at local level. A Sustainable Village Development Plan (SVDP) including a comprehensive document, Village Information System as data base and a comprehensive web site www.altithunza.org was developed for Altit Village with the active involvement of the local community. It was learnt that broader and multiple use of ICT with bigger mandate in different sectors such as education, health, rural development, or institutional or market development, is an enabling tool that produces multiplier effect if intervened in all areas simultaneously.
The main focus of the e-school action research project was to experiment potential impact of ICT on students’ learning, teacher development, school culture and synchronization of best practices in teaching-learning processes. Two schools; Khanabad, D.J School and Hasighawa Memorial Public School, Karimabad were primarily selected for the research purpose. Grade IX Mathematics and English subjects were selected in these two schools as research sample against control schools with similar situation in the project area, except provision of ICT facilities to the sample group.
An overall improvement of 45.6% was observed in teaching learning process and other parameters set for the action research in the focus groups as compared to the controlled groups locating in the same vicinity with the same conditions except ICTs intervention.
KADO has developed partnership with telenor cellular company to formalize and reorganize the agriculture trading business through the use of digital infrastructure using the latest Information and Communication Technology to collect and deliver real time information online; to make the operations more effective and completely transparent, thus benefiting all stake holders.
This aims at empowering the stakeholders through accurate and timely information for effective decision making. The infrastructure so developed would eventually lead to a virtual stock exchange and remove the need for physical movement of agriculture produce from farmers’ premises to Mandis.