The idea behind establishing Karnali Network Services (KNS) to offer technology services in rural sector especially in Karnali region is inspired from group of individuals whose origin is basically from Karnali. We intend to apply knowledge and experience that we gained over the past decade in technology sector in our own home town because we believe this is the information era and our region is struggling to adapt technology in compare to major cities in Nepal.
As city populations swell, rural communities will get left behind unless there are improvements in infrastructure, connectivity and resilience. Globally, more of us now live in cities than in rural areas. If we want to live more sustainably, we will have to do so surrounded by concrete rather than fields and woodland.
Not so idyllic perhaps, but it makes sense — cities high population density relative to their geographical footprint makes for more efficient use of land, product distribution, employment, travel, technology deployment — the list goes on.
The government needs to recognize that the current system of calculating the local government finance settlement is unfair to rural areas in comparison with their urban counterparts and should take action to reduce the disparity,” the report says.
While new policies in this area are thrashed out, perhaps it’s time to indulge in some “green field” thinking. Imagine a rural community underpinned by the highest-spec software and hardware; a village that’s self-reliant and thriving, making the best use of technology and superfast internet connectivity to drive a robust local economy and exemplary environmental stewardship; a place where people, households and community centers, such as schools are interconnected, where children can access virtual classrooms and share contents across the world.
This will require improvements in current infrastructure – more comprehensive access to superfast broadband, for example – but the good news is residents could drive many of the changes themselves. This is where Karnali Network Services comes to implement technology and bridge the knowledge gap to locals and upcoming generation of Jumla.