International Supporting Partners

  • D.Net (Development Research Network) is a non-profit organization, which envisages to use information and communication technology (ICT) for economic development of Bangladesh. Incepted in January 2001, D.Net obtained legal status under the Societies Act 1860 with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies, Bangladesh. Working with interfaces of all development use, D.Net thrives to build up itself as a multi-disciplinary organization.

    Forum for Information Technology Nepal (FIT Nepal) is a non-governmental organization established in 2001 with a slogan “IT For All” by a group of IT enthusiasts.FIT Nepal strives to take the benefits of ICT to the rural and marginalized communities of Nepal. The effort has made significant strides, especially in establishing community telecenters and capacity building of the community.

    Fusion is the ICT4D umbrella movement of Sarvodaya the largest 50 year old national NGO in Sri Lanka, serving over 15,000 villages. Fusion’s mission is the ‘e-Empowerment of poor communities’. Programs are delivered through telecentres, Village Information Centres (VIC) and other cross cutting community-development programs targeting children, youth, women and elders.

    Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka is the single apex body involved in ICT policy and direction for the nation. Wholly owned by the Government of Sri Lanka, ICTA is the implementing organization of the e-Sri Lanka Initiative. Major donors including the World Bank will be funding a number of the Agency’s initiatives.

    The Nenasala Project is one of the projects implemented under the e-Sri Lanka Initiative. Formally known as the “Vishva Gnana Kendra Project (Nenasala)”, ICTA has incorporated it under the “Nenasala” label to introduce several models of the telecentres or knowledge centres to be established in all parts of Sri-Lanka to spread ICT services to the rural and semi-urban population.

    OneRoof, Inc. is a U.S. based private company having subsidiaries in Chennai, India and Veracruz & Yucatana, Mexico. It offers a distinctive model for doing business in under-served rural communities of the developing world. The organsiation’s mission is guided by the simple phrase ‘do well and do good’. OneRoof builds upon the vision, experience, networks, and local credibility of its predecessor organisation, World Corps, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in 1998 at USA. As of now, there are less number telecentres operational in India and Mexico.

    READ was launched in 1991 as the non-profit arm of Myths and Mountains, a cultural travel company founded by Dr. Neubauer in the 1980s. The organization – headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada – is registered as a 501(c)(3) corporation in the U.S. and as an International Non-Government Organization (INGO) in Nepal. In the spring of 2007, READ opened its first country affiliate office in India, a country with a widely diverse population, babble of many languages, and contrasting environments – snow studded Himalayas to dry deserts, to tropical beaches and mysterious jungles.

    UgaBYTES Initiative is a not-for profit telecentre support network, established since 2000. It facilitates telecentres to increase their capacity by sharing knowledge and e-discussions to create an impact to the grassroots development. The organization is also involved building capacities of telecentre practitioners in management and technical aspects and carries out lobby and advocacy roles.


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