Dialog tradenet

08 Decent work and economic growth10 Reduced inequalities
  • Year: 2010
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Inclusion & Empowerment
  • Country: Sri Lanka




Dialog Tradenet is an innovative solution to overcome information asymmetry in the market, especially for communities at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Dialog Tradenet provides a multi-model information platform - a virtual marketplace - that enables dynamic matching of buyers and sellers, whilst also providing reference prices on demand.

Once potential buyers and sellers are matched, the system provides both with contact details to be able to negotiate and close the deal. Thus, Dialog Tradenet supports the day-to-day work of any market segment and can be accessed by anyone from anywhere in the country due to local language support (Tamil, Sinhalese, in addition to English).

Technical barriers are low: Dialog Tradenet does not require any new software installations or high-end handsets, inasmuch as the system makes use of the technologies currently in use, including SMS, Voice, USSD, Web.