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This website is a resource for those interested in using information and commmunication technologies to promote development.
- Ben Shneiderman: University of Maryland
See the overview page on the SIGCHI Site:
New Challenges for SIGCHI and ACM Members.
- Adventure and Volunteer in Nepal
Nepal, Bagmati, Kathmandu
HOPE and HOME
Our program makes a positive difference in the lives of the deprived society by providing
volunteering opportunities to international volunteers. We provides support to committed
volunteers who have an understanding and respect of all races, religions and cultures. Our
programs are intended to be flexible and we aim to accommodate all interests, needs and
Ashoka's mission is to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship
around the world.
Ashoka invests in people. It is a global non-profit organization that searches
the world for social entrepreneurs - extraordinary individuals with
unprecedented ideas for change in their communities. Ashoka identifies and
invests in these social entrepreneurs when no one else will. It does so through
stipends and professional services that allow "Ashoka Fellows" to focus fulltime
on their ideas for leading social change in education and youth development,
health care, environment, human rights, access to technology and economic
development. Ashoka has invested in more than 1,100 Ashoka Fellows in 41
countries. Those Fellows have transformed the lives of millions of people in
thousands of communities worldwide.
- Baggio, Rodrigo
spearheads a rapidly growing movement www.cdi.org.br to
equip young people in low-income communities with computer skills and thus to
expand their job opportunities and their access to modern society.
- Center for International Development (CID)
Harvard University: Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID)
and the Kennedy School of Government (KSG)
Harvard's primary center for
research on sustainable international development.
- Center for International Development and Conflict Management
University of Maryland
- Development Gateway
United States, Maryland, Rockville
University of Maryland
Portal of the Development Gateway Foundation with list of development projects
and procurement information; topic pages on ICT4D and Knowledge Economy; Links to
network of Country Development Gateways.
- Experience Real Nepal - Travel with meaning
Experience Real Nepal
We place volunteers in community projects throughout the world, giving them the
opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, environmental and community aid
programs. Examples of the exciting and rewarding activities available to volunteers include
teaching English, environmental work, AIDS education, and assisting in an orphanage.
- Global Technology Corps (GTC)
formed because the rapid relative spread
of access to information technology masks a disturbing absolute gap - often
called the digital divide. Although 64 million new subscribers in Latin America
and Asia is a huge market - but represents still less that 1 percent of the
almost 4 billion people in the region.
- Global Volunteer Network
New Zealand, Wellington
Global Volunteer Network
Global Volunteer Network, a non profit organisation. We place volunteers in community
projects throughout the world, giving them the opportunity to participate in a variety of
educational, environmental and community aid programs. Examples of the exciting and rewarding
activities available to volunteers include teaching English, environmental work, AIDS education,
and assisting in an orphanage.
- Greenstar: Solar Ecommerce and Community Center
United States, California, Los Angeles
Greenstar is investing in self-contained, solar-powered community centers in remote
communities around the world. Each center has Internet connections, health facilities,
including telemedicine, a classroom complete with distance learning equipment, and a
business center, through which we will operate
ecommerce in native cultural products. The solar array powers the unit, preserves medicines
and also purifies water.
Ecommerce is the revenue stream that pays for the facilities and
brings wealth into the community. The main line of product will be "digital
culture," such as music and art, that can be duplicated and transported effortlessly,
making the transaction completely green and highly efficient. The community will eventually
own all these social services and an income source that preserves culture by giving it
- Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
India, New Delhi
Mr. Sunil Khairnar
Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
ISAP is a network of professionals in India and the SAARC countries and is a non
political non governmental organisation started and run by professionals. The
professionals who have set up this venture have experiences ranging from Irrigation,
Rural Development, Food Processing, International Trade, Research, Agri Inputs, Agri
ISAP has been selected by Digital Partners, USA as one of the Most Promising Social
Enterprises for their 2002 Award. ISAP has also received funding for its activities from
a large financial institution in India and currently has over 10000 members (of whom more
than 1300 hold Ph.Ds) all over India and abroad. It has 153 chapters, 730 NGO partners,
110,000 farmers sign ups and has answered well over 3000 queries/problems raised by
members of the farming community. This is probably the largest network of its kind in the
- Information Technology and International Development
The eDevelopment group invents systems that empower, enrich, and inter-connect
developing communities. In particular, we study new e-commerce, communication,
and system software that are appropriable and appropriate to emerging
- Information Technology at USAID
The distribution of information has become a very important aspect of global
development. USAID has dedicated itself to empowering developing countries
the knowledge and technology to not only survive but to thrive in the
- Information Technology in Developing Countries: Newsletter of the International
Federation and Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 9.4
Indian Institute of Management
Information Technology in Developing Countries is a Newsletter of the International
Federation and Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 9.4 which deals with social
implications of computers in developing countries. The Newsletter is in its 10th year of
publication and has been reaching 750 subscribers and 45 libraries in 40 countries.
InterAction is the largest alliance of US based international and humanitarian NGOs. With more
than 160 members operating in over 100 countries, InterAction works to overcome poverty, exclusion,
& suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all.
- Partnerships Online: Creating Online Communities for neighbourhoods and networks
"How to use the Internet to build networks and benefit communities - particularly neighbourhoods and villages."
- Save the Children
Save the Children's done a lot of international development work.
The Simputer (developed in India) is a low cost portable alternative to PCs, by
which the benefits of IT can reach the common man. It has a special role in the
third world because it ensures that illiteracy is no longer a barrier to
handling a computer. The key to bridging the digital divide is to have shared
devices that permit truly simple and natural user interfaces based on sight,
touch and audio.
- Spanning the international digital divide
Bridges.org is an international non-profit organisation combining ground-level information and
communication technology (ICT) initiatives with ICT policy to help span the digital divide.
- The World Summit on the Information Society
This list of links features events leading up to the first-ever World Summit on
the Information Society.
- ThinkCycle: Open Collaborative Design for Sustainable Innovation
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
MIT Media Lab
ThinkCycle is an academic, non-profit initiative engaged in supporting
distributed collaboration towards design challenges facing underserved communities
and the environment. ThinkCycle seeks to create a culture of open source design
innovation, with ongoing collaboration among individuals, communities and
organizations around the world. ThinkCycle provides a shared online space for
designers, engineers, domain experts and stakeholders to discuss, exchange and
construct ideas towards sustainable design solutions in critical problem domains.
Join the ThinkCycle Community and make a difference!
- United Nations Development Program
A trusted source of knowledge-based advice and an advocate of a more inclusive global economy, UNDP provides funds; helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively; and promotes South-South cooperation. It seeks to address the many causes of poverty and to promote development, including through the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.
- United Nations Information Technology Service
The United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS) is a global volunteer initiative that allows volunteers from any country to give their skills and time to extend the opportunities of the digital revolution to developing countries.
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
"Digital Opportunity through Technology and Communication" (DOT-COM) is an
alliance of three cooperative agreements to promote information and
communication technology for development. DOT-COM activities cross all
sectors, including education, economic growth, women in development, agriculture,
trade, health, environment, and telecommunications/e-commerce policy. The three
DOT-COM cooperative agreements provide expertise and services in policy, access, and
- Volunteering in Nepal with purpose
INFO Nepal - Global Volunteers
INFO Nepal offers affordable volunteer placements to people from all over the world in the
field of Teaching English, Health and Sanitation, Environmental Awareness, Internship, Cultural
Exchange and assisting Orphans. INFO Nepal is a registered locally based volunteer organization
running by local people. INFO's mission is to provide volunteers with a customized program
that will enable them to make an important contribution to the people of Nepal, while gaining an
in-depth experience of Nepalese life style and culture, that will stay with the volunteers for
the rest of their lives.
VolunteerMatch is dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer.
- Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA)
For over four decades VITA has empowered the poor in developing countries by providing access to information and knowledge, strengthening local institutions and introducing improved technologies.
- World Bank Information for Development Program
World Bank efforts to promote information & communication technologies (ICTs) for social and
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