LIRNEasia is a pro-poor, pro-market think tank based in Sri Lanka, but active across Asia-Pacific. Its mission is catalyzing policy change through research to improve people’s lives in the emerging Asia Pacific by facilitating their use of hard and soft infrastructures through the use of knowledge, information and technology.
LIRNEasia focuses on creating and disseminating independent, usable, actionable knowledge, through applied research, on documenting and disseminating regional best practices, on training and on short-term advisory assistance to governments/parties who request it. Our primary audiences are government (including bilateral and multilateral donor agencies), the private sector within and outside the Asia Pacific, media and civil society.
Recent engagements (including ongoing engagements) of its big data for development team have sought to address issues related to the analyses and uses of new data sources and in particular big data for development purposes; understanding the impacts of big data on privacy, marginalization, and competition; mainstreaming and capacitating developmental policy domains to leverage and mainstream use of new data sources.
LIRNEasia also works extensively on issues related to net neutrality, policy and regulatory barriers in Internet access, e-Government, broadband quality of service. Through research LIRNEasia also works to understand how knowledge and information disseminated via ICTs could be utilized to improve inclusiveness of SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) in agriculture and micro-work markets.
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
LIRNEasia commits to continue its research in leveraging new data sources and in particular big data (including mobile-network big data) for public purposes and understanding its impacts on society. Furthermore, LIRNEasia commits to continue its overall focus on creating and disseminating independent, usable, actionable knowledge, through applied research with the aim of catalyzing policy change to improve people’s lives in the emerging Asia Pacific by facilitating their use of hard and soft infrastructures through the use of knowledge, information, and technology.