Telecentres in Developing Countries

What are Telecentres?

“They are community Resources offering access to communication and information technologies. With this effort there is hope of inducing development of marginalized populations. Without an effort to bring these technologies closer to these populations, it is in error to claim that they would catch up on claiming the benefits of information revolution seen among developing worlds.

New publication on empowering women entrepreneurs through technology

Women's small businesses are important contributors to economies, particularly in the informal sector. At the same time, institutional and systemic barriers, and legal gender inequalities, as well as socio-cultural norms and practices, often stymie the potential of women entrepreneurship.

These factors may cause constraints in such areas as women's access to finance, time availability due to multiple roles, physical mobility, and access to education, skills and training. ICTs can help to overcome some of them, and there are also business opportunities in the ICT sector itself.

How Can We Give Women Equal Access to the Internet? Enter the Writing Contest!

Delivering Your Voices to Influencers Worldwide

The World Pulse community is a testament to the potential of the Internet to foster meaningful connections and positive change in the world. What will it take for all women across the globe to benefit from everything the Internet has to offer? If you want to make your voice heard on this important issue, participate in our WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign! Want to learn more about the campaign before you participate? 

Over 2,500 users register for TCA’s Google certification course

Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) is happy to announce that its free Google certification course, which is being offered through the Telecentre Academy (TCA), has been well received, thanks to the support of partners in different regions. More than 2,500 users have already enrolled in the course since its launch early this year, and over 1,300 have taken the exam. Most of the enrollees come from Spanish-speaking countries namely Ecuador, Spain and Colombia.

Call for proposals for the Plug&Play Day (14 July 2014) at Fin4Ag in Nairobi, Kenya: Digital/mobile financial services for agric

Proposals are being solicited from interested application developers, innovators, as well as “techies” to demonstrate systems/applications/innovations that fall within the Fin4Ag conference theme. The sessions will be designed to allow demonstrators to share their skills and expertise in an interactive format, learn with participants who may be interested in these tools, and enable hands-on experience from participants. (Note: This could also be a platform for systems/applications/innovations developers to showcase the value of their innovations to potential investors).

Global Innovation Competition semi-finalists revealed, KenTel and PhilCeCNet entries move to semi-finals

Making All Voices Count’s Global Innovation Competition, launched at the Open Government Partnership Summit in London November 1st, 2013, set out to scout the globe for the best new ideas and proven concepts to enhance government transparency and accountability.

7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres

As those, who have been in and around community-based ICT/Internet access (community informatics) initiatives well know, the primary dilemma for these activities (e.g. Telecentres) is how to ensure sufficient sustainability, organizational stability and programmatic flexibility to allow for survival once the immediate round of funding which helped them launch, runs out.

Get Google-certified for free!

Here's your chance to get Google-certified for free!


Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) andGoogle have recently joined forces to offer you free training and certification on Google tools. This training and certification program will be delivered through theTelecentre Academy, TCF’s capacity building arm, and will be carried out through the TCA learning platform.

A technology revolution in Kenya's schools

When parents in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, found out that two schools in the vicinity had “special” new computers, they started signing their children up to attend.

Such was the level of interest that Amaf Primary and Elim Academy in Kawangware, a low-income settlement in Nairobi, now both have waiting lists, and eager children already attending flock through the school gates each morning, keen to get their hands on the devices.

The popularity of the two schools stemmed from being selected for the eLimu project, which takes interactive tablets into the classroom.

TCF to offer trainer course on digital literacy for women and youth employment and entrepreneurship

Telecentre.org Foundation, under its Telecentre Women Program,

is pleased to announce the opening of a new online course on Digital Literacy for Women and Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship. It will run from November 14-30.