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Model of Sustainability of Colnodo

  1. 1 Welcome to TIS Talks We believe that today’s ICT4D (information and community technology for development) environment presents us with trends and opportunities with great potential to generate game changing innovations to telecentres and their growing number of users. Join us and learn how!
  2. 2 Host and Moderator Jimena Betancourt TIS TALKS COORDINATOR @jimebeta
  3. 3 Successful sustainability models at telecentre netwokrs Product Development oriented: *Syrian Telecentre Project *BIID Network Partnership oriented : *ATN *Colnodo TIS TALKS PHASE 1 1 2 Social Innovation Social Enterprise Business Models leveraging ICT for the BoP Trends and opportunities for Sustainability
  4. 6/08/12 Julián Casasbuenas EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Colnodo @jcasasbuenas
  5. Olga Paz M. Julián Casasbuenas G. Webinars August 10 2012
  6. Mission and objectives of Colnodo Sustainability Strategic axes Elements of Sustainability of the Colnodo Model The National Network of Telecentres in Colombia Lessons learned Challenges Recommendations
  7. Founded in 1993, Colnodo is a Colombian Internet and Information Service Provider and a non for profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the communication, exchange of information and know- how between Colombian organizations at a local, national and international level through low cost communications.
  8. Colnodo’s main objective is to contribute to the reduction of the digital divide, the democratization of information, sustainable development and poverty reduction through the usage of Information and Communication Technologies - ICTs and free and open source software. Colnodo has prioritized, through its strategic programs issues like human rights, the improvement of women conditions, governance, democracy and citizen participation, sustainable development, the democratization of knowledge, digital inclusion and strategic uses of information and communication technologies for the development of the country.
  9. Sustainability is based on fulfilling the mission and objectives of Colnodo: achieving positive social impact, coverage, partnerships and advocacy. Development initiatives within the mission and strategic goals of the organization; training new human resources in the subject and other partner organizations in capacity building.
  10. e-government and e-democracy ICTs Policies Promoting citizen participation in the use and appropriation of ICT Research, development and management of knowledge in ICT Free Software Gender and Sustainable Development
  11. Initially the focus was in services like webhosting, email services, web design, development of web based information systems. In recent years, it has been mainly working with larger projects in terms of impact, time of execution, coverage and resources involved. As for the funding, it has shifted from cooperation from the United Nations agencies or international organizations funding to local sources of funding such as the national government, local government, company foundations, among others. The target population has expanded from nonprofit organizations, to networks, communities, public officials, telecentres, ICT managers, among others.
  12. Innovation Advocacy in ICTs policies Networking with multistakeholders groups Skilled personnel, committed and passionate Alliances with new strategic partners Focus work with priority communities
  13. • Issues • Applications • Content • Knowledge • Proposals • Professionals who believe in ICT, which use them, advocate and promote them. Building capacity for the use and appropriation of ICTs among groups of the population who usually do not get the benefits of innovations in ICTs such as people with disabilities, senior citizens, ethnic groups, people in rural areas, women with low income, among others. • Involves and important level of activism, to be informed, to research, to read, to belong to networks, to build critical mass in the topic.
  14. • Networking with multiple stakeholders groups: • It is a challenge to find different partners with whom we share similar goals. • Allows greater coverage and social impact. • In the case of national partners allows advocacy at different levels. • For local partners, it allows capacity building to design new strategies in local advocacy. Management of new partnerships. Proposing projects with partners from different sectors that share the same goals. Adding possibilities, resources and needs. • Between actors from the government, businesses and donors. • On issues such as ownership, e- governance, telecentres and free software.
  15. The network is a local integrator of different initiatives and organizations that seek social and economic development of their communities through ICTs. It promotes digital inclusion strategies of different actors in Colombia who are sharing experiences that allow the strengthening of each initiative and the Network.
  16. Objective: Consolidate an efficient and sustainable model of collaborative work among participants of the Network, in order to have a positive impact on the dynamics of community development programs, the beneficiaries of public access centers and the ICT Telecentres in different regions.
  17. Hundreds of Telecentres and member organizations nationwide that share its principles. It works under a broad notion of public access center to ICTs: Telecentres, digital community centers, information centers, educational institutions, libraries, among others. Collaborative network that allows broad coverage and impact. Addition of ideas, knowledge, learning, products and resources to strengthen ICT centers in Colombia. Platform that supply services (Presently only ICT training, but others possibilities can be explored).
  18. Social sustainability has been achieved by targeting and reaching the population to be benefited, but also by putting in place a communication strategy to disseminate the results and achievements of the projects. A key factor is raising in the political discussion, issues related to ICT and development. Although difficult to achieve, it is important to manage and setup effective forums for dialogue with policy-making actors in the national government. It is essential to use models of project management, quality management, evaluation and monitoring to allow the measurement and evidence of progress and achievements of a project.
  19. Continue to fulfill the mission and goals of the organization in a changing environment, and competitive and growing social demands. Making an impact on the thematic agenda of decision makers, agencies, business foundations, etc.. To continue working in a network. Being visionary in identifying new opportunities. Continue training new professionals in the field and have a stable team Implementing mechanisms of quality management. To reach financial sustainability in processes in a short-term basis.
  20. Although it is demanding, working within a network of organizations not only strengthens it, but also helps to compete better and makes the process more interesting. Search for alliances with the responsible of national government for ICT policies to advocate in policies, programs and budgets. Search for allies at different local levels, which implies understand their needs, speeches and the way they do things. The idea is to keep a productive dialog without losing our principles. Include models of planning, quality, follow up, evaluation and control of the projects, this is to build productive models more business oriented.
  21. Julián Casasbuenas G. Olga Paz M.
  22. Next steps: 1. Complete survey 3. Join us on Thursday, August the 16 at 08:00am GMT Social Innovation: A trend for sustainability The Australian Centre for Social Innovation