September 20, 2011 »
Access to (better) education and information have proven to aid in breaking out of the vicious cycle of poverty. The role of the internet in that respect is recognized, giving rise to the term ICT4D: ICT for Development. The term is easily applied to mean very different things.
Internet access is quickly improving everywhere in the world, even in remote and poor areas. But internet access alone does not automatically give access to information, let alone empower people. For those last things, the internet user needs to know his way in using ICT and around the internet. For many people from developed countries this is no problem. But for new users from developing countries and rural areas especially, this can be more difficult.
Ruralweb.info was initiated to provide a starting-place for people from rural and developing areas, who are relatively new to using ICT and the internet and who do not have others around to help them master it. The site offers:
In January 2011, Young Professionals with an interest in development aid united during A Call 2 Action (AC2A). How would you change how the Dutch give aid? - AC2A asked us. I met a lot of interesting people and from our discussions arose this initiative. We formed a group of volunteers and created the website. In December of the same year, we presented the website and made deals with different parties who would further support and implement our initiative in their own development projects