This book identifies and discusses the most pressing issues facing the global telecenter movement, presents a condensed view of the current state of knowledge with regard to telecentres, and highlights possible paths forward. THe primary audience for this book consists of individuals, firms and organizations that are involved, either directly or indirectly, in the planning and deployment of telecentres, with an emphasis on large-scale deployments.
This Framework is organized in the sequence of a logical approach to the design of information systems that are intended to deliver socio-economic benefits via telecentres for the purpose of community level development and poverty reduction. The audience for this Framework is the institutions or individuals involved in, or contemplating, the setting up of telecentres.
This paper presents the synthesis of a comprehensive research study conducted by Microsoft Research India, University of California, Berkeley, and London School of Economics, on why it is difficult to sustain development-oriented kiosks, and what are the factors for success.
In spite of their promising development opportunities, telecentres have also been met with criticism, especially for not being sustainable. In response to this criticism this APDIP e-Note examines different ownership and financing models for telecentres, emphasizing the balance between subsidy and revenue. It examines how these models can assist in ensuring long-term financial sustainability and how both the private sector and civil society can be mutually involved in this process.
This portal is rich with training resources for telecentre managers and operators, as well as for trainers of telecentre staff. The portal include training resources on: telecentre management; marketing/business plan preparation; technical requirements and maintenance; women's use of telecentres; monitoring and evaluation; and basic IT skills.
The affordability of FOSS and its openness to modification and localization is contributing to the sustainbility of telecentres, and more broadly, to empowered communities and poverty reduction. This APDIP e-Note explores the benefits of using FOSS applications in telecentres with case studies from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa.
High Impact, Pro-Poor e-Governance Applications: Identifying 'Killer Applications' and Best Practice Models of e-Governance through Community e-Centers in the Philippines
The purpose of the study is to find a way to identify services that genuinely make a difference to people in their interactions with Governments. The expected outcome is increased impact and utilization of e-governance and e-government services in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific over the longer term. This study is a collaboration between the Commission of ICT in the Philippines, UNDP Philippines and UNDP-APDIP.
The magazine acts as an interface between telecentre leaders, solution providers, knowledge repositories, and decision makers. It raises awareness about telecentres, serving a platform for advocacy and the development of a stronger telecentre ecosystem. It is also a repository of knowledge with various success stories, failures and lessons learned from the field. Ultimately, this will help in sustainability and upscaling of telecentres around the globe.
Policy Brief in ICT Applications in the Knowledge Economy, No. 3: ICT for the Economic and Social Development of Rural Communities
The establishment of ICT access points poses numerous challenges, particularly for those located in extremely remote areas that are inaccessible by roads and/or have no power supply. In this policy brief, we feature appropriate policies drawn from the experience of successes and failures to promote the establishment of sustainable ICT access points for the economic and social development of rural communities.
The study aims to take stock of the development of various types of community centres with a view to setting the path for future action. The recommendations submitted by the author should help those planning to embark on similar projects to take into consideration what might or might not work.