Dr. Ashot Hovanesian, President and Founder of Synergy International Systems presented at the E-Asia Conference, organized by the Centre for Science, Development, and Media Studies, and hosted by the Ministry of Water, Energy, and Communications. Dr. Hovanesian presented on Best Practices and Lessons Learned from ICT for the Tsunami Recovery. He was also a panelist for a discussion session on emerging technologies in E-gov.
The paper Dr. Hovanesian presented, “ICT for Tsunami Recovery,” was co-authored by Mr. Aidan Cox, Regional Advisor for Aid Management with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Centre in Bangkok. The paper outlines the successes and lessons learned from the implementation of the Development Assistance Database for Tsunami reconstruction. The databases currently track over $7 billion of development assistance from multilateral, bilateral, and non-government donors. The paper covers critical attributes of post-disaster ICT tools, capacity development on the national level, ICTs role in improving interagency communication, conditions for sustainability, and monitoring and evaluation.