Telecentre.Org launches as an independent organization to bring internet access

Last week in Manila, “Telecentre.org Foundation” was officially launched as an independent organization. “Celebrating with our hosts in the Philippines and colleagues from around the world, I reflected on this culmination of nearly six years of effort to help bring the benefits of technology to people in underserved communities around the world. We were joined […]

Last week in Manila, “Telecentre.org Foundation” was officially launched as an independent organization. “Celebrating with our hosts in the Philippines and colleagues from around the world, I reflected on this culmination of nearly six years of effort to help bring the benefits of technology to people in underserved communities around the world. We were joined in this effort by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and its former Director General Walter Fust, who had just hosted a very successful World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva in late 2003. Together we launched Telecentre.org in 2005 at WSIS II in Tunis. Hosted since then by IDRC out of its headquarters in Ottawa, Telecentre.org is now a global movement, with over 200 organizations in 70 countries helping hundreds of millions of individuals to gain access to information. This access has empowered countless communities to engage with their government leaders, reach out to other communities, and begin to pull themselves out of poverty and isolation,” noted Akhtar Badshah.