Role of win-win public-private partnerships in connecting people with disabilities

Agreement between GDCO and PWDs Union for better connection

GDCO Paper Presentation

Action disability for development organization (ADD International), USAID Sudan and many partners organized a workshop in the Telecommunication Tower Khartoum Sudan. The workshop was part of the series of ADD international to connect the unconnected (people with disabilities). The workshop was inaugurated by Mrs. Siham Bolad Adam the regional director of ADD Internal and Eng. Mustafa the director general of NTC. Two main papers were presented by Eng. Babiker Eltorabi about the Sudan strategy for connecting people with disability and the second was presented by eng Amed Eisa the chair of GDCO about the partners efforts in connecting people with disability   

Laptop from GDCO to Omer and Fatima (both are deaf) for their wedding

Gedaref Digital City Organization (GDCO) is founded in partnership with the Digital City of Eindhoven (DSE) in Netherlands through the twinning between Eindhoven and Gedaref municipalities. DSE and many partners donated more than 750 computers and laptops to GDCO to establish its projects to connect people, especially the marginalized, disadvantaged and underserved communities to ensure that no one is left behind and connect the unconnected.  

GDCO established telecentres for people with disabilities, out of schools, youth clubs, farmers unions, and Gedaref university. People with disabilities are still excluded from many areas of life, especially information technologies (IT), and they had been ignored even in the millennium development goals (MDGs), so they got more than 25% of these computers.  GDCO donated 150 computers and 25 laptops to them and trained them for free. GDCO provides many of them (specially people with hearing impairments) with computers to keep at home, practicing and communicating with their friends and families and maintaining or changing them if they are broken.

GDCO works to include them in the community through ICT, because:

  1. ICT training is an important economic and social factor that can help people with disabilities to be self-dependent and create a new source of revenue for them.
  2. Since most of them are very poor, ICT can be an effective tool for fighting against poverty (poverty elimination)
  3. ICT training for people with disabilities promotes the ease of using the computers and internet and increases the number of internet cafes and increase internet penetration in Gedaref
  4. It bridges the digital divide and provides equal access to ICT so that no one is left behind by 2030.
  5. ICT helps people with disabilities, specially the deaf, to communicate with their families, friends and have another way of communication besides the sign language through chatting and e-mail all over the world  and help them to share knowledge, experience and best practices to develop their communities.  


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