Sri Lanka Press Institute’s “ChangeMaker” receives Merit Award at e-Swabhimani 2021

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SLPI CEO Kumar Lopez (second from left) and Enfection COO Lahiru Halkewela, (second from right) receiving the award for the Merit award from Technology Minister Kanaka Herath (third from right) for the Government and Citizen Engagement category of the e-Swabhimani awards 2021 held on 7 March. Also in the picture are ICTA Chairman Prof. Malik Ranasinghe (third from left), CEO Mahesh Perera (extreme right) and moderator and juror Indika De Zoysa (extreme left)


The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) received the Merit Award for the ChangeMaker digital tool developed by the Enfection Ltd. in the category of “Government and Citizen Engagement” at the e-Swabhimani, Digital Social Impact Awards 2021. SLPI Chief Executive Officer Kumar Lopez and Enfection COO Lahiru Halkewela received the award from Technology Minister Kanaka Herath on 7 March, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.

In advocating Good Governance and Freedom of Expression, SLPI acts as an active agent that promotes one of the most vital legislations for Sri Lanka, “The Right to Information Act” (RTI). ChangeMaker is developed as an interactive platform to promote RTI for the greater good of the general public and it compiles success stories and experiences of RTI users such as journalists and citizens. It also assists journalists and citizens to electronically create RTI requests, appeals and keep track of them in order to follow the process. The SLPI which was a pioneer in introducing RTI in Sri Lanka, expects that by introducing these types of tools and interventions more citizens can become a “Change Agent” in their humble contribution to achieve good governance in Sri Lanka.

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