ASEAN Forum on ICT for Sustainable Rural Development and Knowledge Cross-fertilization 2015. ASEAN – ICTD4SRD



Collaboration among KKLW Malaysia, UTM, and RRPG

24 – 27 May 2015. @ Impiana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. MALAYSIA



The ASEAN Forum on ICT for Sustainable Rural Development and Knowledge Cross-Fertilization 2015 (ASEAN ICT4SRD 2015) was successful held on 24 – 27 May 2015. About 250 participants have attended to the forum. The forum was open by the Minister of Rural and Regional Development of Malaysia, Datok Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal. The Forum dicussed 44 papers in 4 theme parallel sessions.

The forum was organized by the Institute for Rural Advancement (INFRA), Ministry of Rural and Regional development, Malaysia in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and International Rural Research and Planning Group (iRRPG).

The forum is part of the ASEAN Framework of Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation Action Plan agreed upon during the meeting of ASEAN rural development ministers in November 2011. Malaysia was given the responsibility to implement the aspect on Development of rural infrastructure and human resource. The ICT forum for sustainable rural development is one of the components of the action plan.
Organizer will provide accommodation (3 night) and local transportation (field trip) for paper presenters during the conference.


Information and communication technology (ICT) has increasingly contributed to the transformation of our lives including social interaction, economic and business practices, education and knowledge dissemination and cross-fertilization, political engagement, media education, health, leisure and entertainment. It has been argued that ICT has huge potential for fostering sustainable rural development, alleviation of poverty, community empowerment and addressing the challenges of climate change. However, despite the advancement of ICT, the application of ICT in the rural sectors has been slow due to factors such as poor ICT infrastructure in rural areas, low population density, physical, economic, social and information barriers.

The ASEAN Forum on ICT for Sustainable Rural Development and Knowledge Cross-Fertilization 2015 has the overall aim of bringing together stakeholders, decision makers, policy makers, prominent figure, leading academic scientists, researchers, and the public to explicitly discuss and advance our understanding of the issues of the ICT applications in rural areas and share the best practices on how ICT has been used for fostering sustainable rural development, poverty alleviation, knowledge cross-fertilization and addressing challenges of climate change among members of ASEAN. The conference will address current issues and/or debates related to sustainable rural development namely disaster management, training and education, entrepreneurship and innovation, and networking and social capital development across a deliberately wide range of relevant spheres and interacting topics.

Topics of interest

  • Disaster management
  • Training and education
  • Enterpreneurship and Inovation
  • Networking and Social Capital Development

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