Role of Telecentres in Peace Making and Sustainable Development



Telecentres Social Business module Role in Peace Making and Sustainable Development is a paper presented by GDCO in the UN Global Compact Workshop in Sudan

Principles of Social Business module

1-   It is a business that create economic and social development

 2- It is new kind of capitalism that serves humanity's needs

3- Its objective is to overcome poverty, illiteracy, inequality and health problem which threaten people and society

4- Its prime aim is not to maximize profits and investors get back their investment amount only

5- Social Business is not depend on donations or grants to operate

6- A good example is Grameen Bank, microcredit, Microfinance, drishttee and the portable Telecentres

7- Telecentre Peace function is to overcome of barriers that limit the sustainable development, also reduction of poverty impact


What is Telecentre?

Telecentre is a public place where people can access computers, Internet and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information to develop their skill to facilitate their lives. Telecentre is strong win-win public, private, people partnership PPPP sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices for marginalized, underserved, disadvantage and unprivileged community development. is the initiative of IDRC, Microsoft and Swiss development cooperation SDC founded @ WSIS 2005 in Tunisia. The Global Telecentre Movement Network    is a network of 87534 registered Telecentres, 76 national Telecentres network and 6 regional networks in 52 countries

 Gedaref digital city organization (GDCO)

GDCO is part of the Telecentre movement. It is founded in partnership with Eindhoven Digital City DSE in Netherlands. DSE donated 750 computers to GDCO and many e-projects were developed. GDCO is the founder of the first Telecentre academy in Africa, Middle East and 13th in the world. It is the winner of 7 information for development awards.   

 1-    e-Agriculture

Gedaref state has the largest rain fed mechanized agriculture scheme but the yield is very low and it is facing many problems. GDCO established Telecentres in Gedaref mechanized agriculture corporation (GMAC) and farmers union. 

1- It developed a software 4 GMAC @ 90% cost less

2- GDCO entered more than 10.000 farmers in the database of GMAC system & it guaranteed for 20 years updating free .

3- Supported GMAC training the basic computer courses and GPS & GIS

4- Supporting GMAC to establish Gedaref state national resource e-map and this e-map helps in solving conflict between farmers, shepherd and forest

5- Developed an online business model of crop and animal market / prices web portal

6- using ICT for disaster and epidemic diseases control  (bird flu & Ebola) the destructive tool for economy

 Near Future

Very soon with the support of its partners GDCO is expected to develop:- 1- the agro-mobile services

2- EasyFarmer or cloud computing for low computer skills or illiterate farmers

3- Portable Telecentres to provide integrated e-services

 2-    Out of school youth & children e-learning

There is a big digital divide (gap) in Wad-Almoshamir village (99% illiterates) and many partners through the initiative of GDCO and Gedaref ministry of education started a pilot project of out school children e-learning to bridge the gap.

 It is very easy to establish a Telecentres(25 square meters space with 10.000 US$) to provide:-

1- Training more than 1000 people / year

2- Illiteracy eradication & improve quality and reduce the cost of education

3- Discover grazing and water area through GIS by nomads 

4- Solving conflict between farmers, forest and nomads

5- e- Basic health care and telemedicine 

6- Using solar 4 Mobile charging to increase the internet penetration and use the revenue to sustain the Telecentre

7- used as IT cultural Clubs and Agriculture extension

8- Poverty elimination (Sudan e-village organization SeVO)

9- VoIP (Skype) to reduce the cost of telephone bills and have video chatting 

 3-    Gedaref University Support

1- GDCO support Gedaref University with 100 computers to the IT College and 20 computers to the community college

2- Telemedicine unit (228 square meters) from NTC Sudan

3- Laptop and projector 4 training from our partner the volunteers of Gedaref projects support in Eindhoven SPEG

4- e-library units from national telecommunication corporation

5- High resolution HD camera, tables and 60 chairs from Gedaref ministry of health

GDCO start establishes a telemedicine unit in faculty of medicine for better training, capacity building & skill development for medical staff & students online. Also treating sick people online anywhere & @ anytime.


4- People with Disability

- GDCO train people with disability free.

- Provide some of them specially the deaf  children computers and laptops to keep at home

- Social inclusion through ICT

- Deaf are using internet chatting and email instead of sign language

- Five laptops and five projectors from SPEG to start digital classes for deaf


-         ICT is not part of the culture and not a priority

-         Huge digital divide

-         High cost of broadband and e-infrastructure 

-         Security risk and hackers 

-         Distances and geographical barrier in rural area

-         Power supply

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