Improving the Impact and Resilience of Telecenters Around the World
A telecenter is a public place where people can access computers, the Internet, and other information and communications technologies to find information, create, learn, and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skills.
Telecentre.org is a global network of people and organizations committed to increasing the social and economic impact of tens of thousands of grassroots telecenters around the world. Telecentre.org assists these organizations by providing the tools, resources, support, and learning opportunities that telecenters need to succeed. This in turn fuels a global movement that improves communities and empowers people. Created in 2005 with support and funding from Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Microsoft, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, telecentre.org is a proven catalyst for change.
The mission of telecentre.org is to improve the impact and resilience of telecenters around the world. Along with its partner networks and organizations worldwide, telecentre.org is committed to improving communities and empowering individuals.
The organization is guided by a core set of values based on:
- Knowledge sharing
- Technology neutrality
- Continuous learning
- Content creation and localization
- A global community of more than 200 networks and organizations representing over 80,000 telecenters
- Active in 70 countries, reaching 40,000,000 telecenter users around the world.
- A virtual community with more than 3000 online members interacting in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic
Telecentre.org is organized around five strategic program areas:
- Telecentre.org Academy
- Content and Services for Sustainability
- Knowledge Sharing
Networks give people who manage telecenters the raw materials they need to succeed: training, support, marketing, and technology. Networks also help them learn and innovate together so that they can use technology for the benefit of the communities they serve. More broadly, networks strengthen the entire telecenter ecosystem-acting as connectors between key players and sustaining relationships among telecenter leaders, researchers, and development partners.
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The telecentre.org Academy
The telecentre.org Academy is a global initiative that provides telecenter managers with the necessary skills and support to excel in their day-to-day work through training and other professional development opportunities. Structured as a consortium of national academies and partners supported by a small global team, the Academy funds and coordinates training programs, promotes the development and sharing of resources, and maintains accreditation and certification standards.
Find out more about the Academy
Knowledge sharing cuts across and supports all of the organization's program areas. Through knowledge sharing, telecentre.org connects community members and facilitates the widespread sharing of ideas, resources, learning, and best practices. The goal of knowledge sharing is to strengthen networks that work with grassroots telecenters, help community members build on each others' work, and contribute to a stronger, more sustainable telecenter ecosystem.
Learn more about knowledge sharing at telecentre.org
Content and Services for Sustainability
The Content and Services for Sustainability initiative supports the development of valued content and service offerings to poor and marginalized communities in more than 70 countries. Telecentre.org aims to help grassroots telecenters achieve their social and economic development goals in a way that ensures financial sustainability.
Find out more about the Content and Services for Sustainability initiative
Research can improve the impact that grassroots telecenters have on development. That's why telecentre.org supports research focused on:
- Making telecenter impact-assessment tools and results more useful.
- Understanding particular networks, geographic regions, or specific issues.
- Building the research capacity of partner organizations.
Learn more about research at telecentre.org
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