ICT for development

Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment (SPACE)

- Where Free and Open Source Software is a way of life

SPACE is an organisation formed and nurtured by a team of professionals and social activists from across Kerala who share the dream of freedom of knowledge. Freedom of knowledge is interrelated to freedoms in other spheres of activities and is fundamental to human development.

The objective of SPACE is to promote the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in academics, governance, for corporate and individual use, and for employment generation. SPACE has been instrumental in several important free software based development interventions like ICT in education, community radio, ICT for disabled etc. It has played a significant role in the formulation of the ICT policy of Government of Kerala. SPACE is currently in the process of expanding its activities throughout India.

Levergaining on diverse background of its team, SPACE concieves and implements innovative programs for social and economic development, with help of Information and Communication Technology.

SPACE collaborates with and brings together institutions and people from government, non-government, corporate, academic backgrounds for greater outreach and impact.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Accessibility,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

SPACE C-11, Elankom Gardens Vellayambalam Thiruvananthapuram 10 Kerala Ph: 0471 2318997 Email: contact@space-kerala.org
http://www.space-kerala.org/

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)

Digital Empowerment Foundation LogoDigital Empowerment Foundation LogoDigital Empowerment Foundation, a Delhi based not-for-profit organization was registered on December 2002, to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. With no political affiliations, it was founded to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability using Information Communication and Technology as means.

Organization’s vision is to make the digital inclusion reach the masses, to create even opportunities and linkages between haves and have-nots so that the grassroots knowledge reaches the economic prosperity and vice versa through information communication technology and digital media.
The objectives of the work of The Digital Empowerment Foundation are:

  • To offer and facilitate seamless ICT and digital solutions linkages to the needs and demands from the diverse groups of rural areas
  • To sensitize and provide knowledge inroads to government and corporate to offer inclusive ICT solutions for the masses
  • To create Digital Media Platforms for masses

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Cultural & linguistic diversity,
  • ICT for development,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

Digital Empowerment Foundation
House No. # 44, 3rd Floor,
Kalu Sarai, beside Narayana IIT Academy,
New Delhi – 110 016
Ph # 011 – 26532786/87
Fax # 011 – 26532787
E-mail # defindia@gmail.com
http://www.defindia.net

North East Regional Office
House 10, Nijom Path,
Sixmile, Khanapara,
Guwahati- 781037
Assam
Telefax: 0361-2332400

Cooperativa Sulá Batsú

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Media & ICTs,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

Sulá Batsú
Address: 100m Norte y 175m Este, del AM-PM en Sabanilla, Montes de Oca
Apdo. 222-2110
San Pedro, San José Costa Rica
Phone/Fax: +506 2253 1339, +506 2253 1326
http://www.sulabatsu.com
Email: info [at] sulabatsu [dot] com

Open Institute

The Open Institute is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization base in Cambodia, established in September 2006. The mission of the organization is to ensure that the benefits of technology for social and economic advance are usable in Cambodian society, in particular by i) enabling widespread use of technology by means of using local language. ii) improving access to education and the quality of education by enabling the use of technology. iii) using technology to facilitate information sharing and communication as tools to build a more equitable society. iv) expanding Khmer lexicography, ensuring access to all sources, and developing on existing materials.

At present, the Open Institute implements six main program activities: – Open Schools Program: http://osp.open.org.kh – Open Learning Program: http://elearning.open.org.kh – Women Empowerment for Social Change: http://women.open.org.kh – Khmer Software Initiative: http://www.khmeros.info – Publications: http://cambodiamirror.wordpress.com – Lexicography

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Low-cost technology,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

Open Institute
Street Address: House 19, Street 374
P.O.Box 1552
City/Town: Phnom Penh
Country: Cambodia
Telephone: +855 23 224821
Email Address: openinstitute@open.org.kh
Website: http://www.open.org.kh/en

Bytes for All, Bangladesh

Bytes for All is a networked space for citizens in South Asia. It experiments, highlights and organizes debate on the relevance of ICT to development activities. Bytes for All has more than 2000 subscribers and 10 admin members who literally run the network. Bytes for All do not have any formal structure, yet they undertake different projects on their personal capacity, survive themselves and then contribute some resources and time back to sustain the network.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy

Contact

House 41 (1st Floor), Road 11, Sector 4, Uttara Residential Area
Dhaka 1230
Bangladesh
Tel: +91-11-51652484
Fax: +1 253 4845319
www.bytesforall.net

ArabDev

ArabDev’s mission is to improve the livelihood of poor people in the Arab region by promoting sustainable community development through the use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools and skills that incorporate the local culture and language.

  1. Skills Development Training of unemployed youth, women and men focusing on IT, to enhance people’s skills in their local marketplace and to build the capacity of local grassroots organizations to fight poverty and social inequity.
  2. Dissemination of developmental information on a national and regional basis to provide access to useful information, share ideas and objectives across region, and allow diverse experiences and lessons learned to be known and applied by a wider group of people working for sustainable community development.
  3. Creation of linkages between NGOs, that help bridge the communication gap between grassroots organisations and promote collaboration for more successful developmental work.
  4. Supporting developmental advocacy through the use of ICT.
Topic areas of expertise:
  • Accessibility,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

168 El-Sudan St.
Mohandeseen
12411 Giza
Egypt
Tel: (202) 3046032/3/4
Fax: (202) 3046033/4
info@arabdev.org
www.arabdev.org

Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

SANGONeT was founded in 1987, and over the past 20 years has developed into a dynamic civil society organisation with a history closely linked to the social and political changes experienced by South Africa during its transition to democracy. SANGONeT is still one of very few non-governmental organisations in Africa involved in the field of information communication technologies (ICTs) and continues to serve civil society with a wide range of ICT products and services.

SANGONeT’s ICT services and interventions continue to be shaped by the challenge of strengthening the capacity of NGOs in finding long-term and sustainable solutions in response to Southern Africa’s development problems. NGOs’ capacity for service delivery increasingly requires that attention be given to their ability to use, manage and implement as well as integrate ICTs into their activities.

During the past few years SANGONeT has conceptualised and implemented the following important new ICT initiatives in support of the NGO sector in South Africa, and increasingly, the rest of Southern Africa:

Thetha: The SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum – launched in March 2003, Thetha forums provide NGOs with the opportunity to discuss ICT issues of common concern at both provincial and national levels. SANGONeT has already organised more than 20 Thetha forums in South Africa, and in 2006 expanded this initiative to five Southern African countries. A further six Southern African countries will be covered as of 2008 (www.sangonet.org.za/thetha).

SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference and Exhibition – this annual event, first held in March 2005, presents NGOs with an important opportunity to reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by ICTs in support of their work. The most recent event was held from 17-18 July 2007 in Johannesburg, and the next event will be held in October 2008 (www.sangonet.org.za/conference2007).

SANGONeT NGO and Development Information Portal – launched in October 2005, this portal provides a gateway to the South African NGO sector. It includes the Prodder NGO and Development Directory, as well as the weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter (www.sangonet.org.za / www.prodder.org.za).

SANGOTeCH – this online technology donation portal, launched in December 2006, aims to assist NGOs by providing software and hardware for very low or discounted fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners, as well as by supporting NGOs to maximise their ICT purchases and infrastructure. This project will be expanded to the rest of Southern Africa in 2008 (www.sangotech.org).

South African NGO Web Awards – first held in 2006, this annual competition is run in conjunction with the SANGONeT Conference and aims to raise awareness among NGOs about the benefits of having a web presence, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices in website creation and maintenance.

The State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector – this annual research project, first implemented in 2007, aims to analyse the South African NGO sector’s application and awareness of ICTs in support of achieving its strategic objectives. The outcomes of the project will inform and guide the development of SANGONeT’s future ICT products and services, and assist NGOs, funders and other strategic stakeholders in understanding the role and relevance of ICTs in support of the sector (www.sangotech.org/ict-survey).

Civic Journalism in Africa project – this three-year project, implemented in conjunction with Hivos in six African countries, aims to improve the technical and journalistic capacity of African NGOs to use a mixture of traditional and digital media strategically and with journalistic professionalism to support democratic processes and a diverse and independent media environment.

SN Announce – this e-mail advertising service provides an invaluable service to the NGO sector in Southern Africa. With a potential readership of more than 10 000 people, it remains one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to reach non-profit organisations, development practitioners, grantmakers and others working in the development sector.

NGO CEO Circle / NGO CEO Summit – SANGONeT and Project Literacy initiated the CEO Circle in 2006 to create a platform for discussion within the leadership of the NGO sector in Gauteng, encouraging networking, collaboration and peer support. An important objective of this quarterly forum is to create a space for decision-makers to discuss common institutional and strategic development issues, creating the opportunity to highlight problems and share solutions. Building on the success of the CEO Summit, SANGONeT hosted the first NGO CEO Summit on 29 November 2007 at the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton, attended by 40 NGO leaders.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Strategic use of the internet

Contact

209 Smit Street
Braamfontein, 2017
Gauteng

South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)11 403 4935
Fax: +27 (0)11 403 0130

info@sangonet.org.za
www.sangonet.org.za

Community Education Computer Society (CECS)

CECS is the oldest computer training non-governmental organisation in South Africa, established in April 1985 for the technological empowerment of the historically disadvantaged.

CECS wants to establish and maintain non-profit computer training facilities to service community information and communications technology (ICT) developmental needs, by building computer skills and capacity, by engaging in policymaking, research especially amongst the historically disadvantaged.

The objectives of the organisation is, amongst other, to: reduce the gap between rural and urban discrepancies regarding ICT skills; to facilitate the establishment of community training and support infrastructure to service developmental needs of communities; address gender inequality in the ICT field.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • ICT for development,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

P O Box 61419, Marshalltown, 2107
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 834-3329
Fax: +27 11 834-9054
arnold.pietersen@cecs.org.za
www.cecs.org.za

AZUR Développement

AZUR Development’s mission is to provide leadership in the sociocultural and economic development of the Congo and of Africa in general. As a non political, non-profit organisation, AZUR Development aims at attaining the following objectives: promote art and culture; promote women empowerment and sustainable development; bring multi-fold assistance to the sick, to the disadvantaged and to vulnerable people; work to protect environment.

AZUR is doing advocacy work with and for native Peoples’ or Pygmées, especially for its youth and women. The association has founded and coordinates the first ICT network in Congo called the Community Telecentre Network of Congo.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • ICT for development

Contact

1383 rue Madzia Plateau des 15 ans
BP 14333, Brazzaville
Congo
Tel: +242 656 6189; +242 6596534; +242 675 7051
info@azurdev.org
www.azurdev.org

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