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Social Enterprise / Social Entrepreneur


Social Enterprise / Social Entrepreneur

In this group we will explore definitions, concepts and model of social enterprises currently working at the ICT4D space and explore ways of how telecentre networks can take all or some of the technology and know-how developed by these entities.

Location: Global
Members: 107
Latest Activity: Dec 2, 2015

How technology can anable nonprofits

Great discussion about How technology can enable nonprofits:

Discussion Forum

How do we expand Telecentres options for sustainability?

Started by Miguel Raimilla Sep 21, 2010.

Very interesting article: Nonprofits Review Technology Failures within Non-profits 1 Reply

Started by Miguel Raimilla. Last reply by Catalina Escobar Aug 18, 2010.

social entrepreneurship: for profit or non profit or both? 7 Replies

Started by Karishma Kiri. Last reply by Dean Mulozi Oct 27, 2009.

Comment Wall

Comment by FERNANDO PORTELLA ROSA on October 9, 2008 at 1:11am
Welcome Floro to our community.
We are really excited about the toolkit NESst created. We hope that our group and also ATN could be a tester for that.
Deal !
Comment by Pawel Makowiecki on October 9, 2008 at 1:26am
Deal! :)
Comment by Zulfikar Mochamad Rachman on October 9, 2008 at 9:14am
Hi Floro,
I'd love to know more about the NESsT's toolkit (have visited their website). I think we'd be interested to become a tester group as well. FYI, in Malaysia 41 telecentres (Pusat Internet Desa) have established a Social Entrepreneurs Club with over 1,000 people registered as members. They are still in the early start of the learning curve and would need some supporting tools.

Comment by Florencio Ceballos on October 11, 2008 at 1:39am
Hi all, and thanks for your responses. The toolkit is still on a draft version, and will be available for internal reviews (that's you) in a few weeks.
Zulfikar, let' s talk more about Malaysia. I'll be there for e-Asia,
Comment by Zulfikar Mochamad Rachman on October 15, 2008 at 11:28am
Great to hear that.
We're planning to do some interesting activities during e-Asia 2008, including bringing all the PID telecentre managers to the event to learn and share their experience. We're also planning to exhibit PID activities in the event. So, we're now talking to CSDMS and KTAK to realize this...
Comment by Sulah Ndaula on October 16, 2008 at 3:33pm
Hi SE networkers,

It is interesting to see social Enterprise networking in telecentres finish into a Toolkit. NESsT indeed contributed to the understanding of the field to most of us especially at UgaBYTES. On the same ground we build the future of social enterprises in the region.

That persue, reveals that the sector of social enterprising in telecentres is interconnected with nodes as Networks, telecentres and end users-even though the focus may lay at a point (s) in the mesh. But one point not to be skipped is the end user and the telecentre who are the primary units in the build for the telecentre SE mesh. On the other hand this unit of SE construct has marginal ability to save thus purchase. Many relaying on non monetary living. Indeed public programs like the Universal Primary Education and Universal secondary Education are grounded. But this is not to say SE is a no go zone for telecentres; mobile techonology make more money from the poor than the rich, but at the beginning the contrary was thought by investors. Now cheap handset have been introduced and airtimes cards of close to a unit - one minute talk time, have been introduced by all operators purposing to milk the poor. New operators rollout in rural communities at the same time as urban at least in Uganda.

Creating SEs in telecentre mesh learns a few things from the above and builds to learn more and more things. SEs can not divorce building services on urban cybercentres for three reasons; reality creation for the rural centres - most of us understand the innovation takeup cycles, understanding the market dos and don'ts and massing client numbers that are reasonable to support the SEs. The service or product should be built primarily on saleable end user need(s), which is either a construct of public or private sector although private is much more sustainable for SEs. The terms and means of payment should be very simple esp. for privately demanded goods. If the SE is built (not always neccessarily true) by the network trickling down to the telecentre or community resalers beyond the telecentre; the financial remittance system should be articulated, communicated and understood by all players.

The above and many inputs sound simple, why then hasn't telecentres and networks implemented so many SEs. Simple -the diffussion models artculate early adaptors while change is said to be slow esp at the start. The mind of socialist transforms through a scientific socialist before settling for a capitalist, atleast for many. The earlier thinking of telecentres was socialistic while the present is seen by many as capitalistic - thus the slowness. The toolkit, awareness over previous three years, demonstration by NESsT as supported by IDRC and many activities should undo the odds of change, innovation diffusion... to see SEs spraut in the coming three years of the telecentre community. The future will thus be about "Services - Money - Services" for most telecentres and networks globally, if the players of today have been keen and tactical learners of the moment.
Comment by venkatesh prasad on October 22, 2008 at 3:55pm
Hi friends,
A very imp and valid point raised by sulah, thanks for that. I want to bring to your notice, that at the moment, there is already a raising pressure and frustration on the capitalism model and people are looking for alternatives. Under such circumstances, ICTs too will either strengthen the existing situation, or will be rejected soon by communities.

Comment by Miguel Raimilla on October 23, 2008 at 3:17am
About this latest exchange of ideas and perceptions on the current global economic crisis, I would like to argue that despite the immediate impacts we observe in many markets today, the situation for telecentre networks it seem to me rather positive and further more I would say that constitute an opportunity that I hope many networks can capitalized.
As previously noticed by Mr. Nabil Eid on his post about ICT and current global challenges and later comments by some of you, this is exactly one of the situations where telecentre networks and all those good entities working behind them, can and should make a big difference.
We Telecentre practitioners, play every day a fundamental role in the way of how people in our communities understand and even “digest” ICT and the whole range of information’s that came with it. I don’t know if today is possible to say that this system is completely broken and therefore we have to go find a new one to use. But what I do know is that we can help people to first became aware of the situation and reflect with them about the future. This exactly what many telecentre networks do best, providing the opportunity of a meaningful learning experience to many people around the globe. Rather than concern about the future for telecentre networks I am optimistic as long as all of us make sure that by doing a serious work with those we serve, we empower the fundamental communitarian and social role that our networks usually play. People would see lots of more value in our networks if, we continue our role as responsible facilitators of ICT and technology.
Comment by Mwandha Nasser on October 25, 2008 at 4:49pm
It's nice to be here
Comment by Dean Mulozi on November 18, 2008 at 5:32pm
To make a contribution to your article, I totally agree that, yes, ICTs in general have a role to play to poverty eradication. ICT tools when effectively packaged can enable Telecenters to provide much needed services to contribute to the achievement of millennium development goals. The big question is currently how telecenters have structured their services to potential and existing clients. How are telecenters positioned themselves to respond to urban and rural social and economic needs and how they fit in the local community. I would like to exclude politics in my response, but we need to examine initial foundation of telecenters and their purpose in a community.

As Telecenters are appropriate structures to integrate ICT tools at local or community level, they are rightly positioned to offer services that may not be provided by any other local organization.

As you rightly put it, majority population in large part of rural Africa depend on agriculture production.
Take for example, provision of agricultural market information services to rural farmers in a remote rural area, Telecenters provide opportunities to improvement of incomes by reducing intermediaries in the agricultural marketing. In the Zambian agricultural marketing situation, each season marketing agents reduce farmers profits by buying off farm produce at a cheaper rates due to lack of market information services among farmers as government have less capacity to provide extension services to farmers. Market information is either provided Online or offline depending on how telecenters have repackaged this information to their clients. Telecenters can also facilitate provision of market information through mobile phones to farmers. What matters is the kind of innovation that telecenter managers posses to enabler telecenters contribute positively to improved incomes and eradication of poverty.
Similarly, in other sectors such as health, education and commerce, telecenters can engage in innovative and franchising activities that can help deliver services to communities and earn incomes to sustain their operations.

When I visited Uganda last October, I was amazed at the level of small-scale enterprising activities in urban and peri-urban Uganda. What came to my mind is how existing telecenters can take advantage to participate and contribute to the growth of the sector? Moving around these areas, one sees the potential role of telecenters in small business development.

Can telecenters help private and public companies extend services to communities that these companies cannot manage on their own. In this context, telecenters have a position to contribute to poverty eradication and achievement of millennium development goals.

Let us be positive, many parts of rural Asia and South America are served by telecenters when it comes to service delivery of social and economic services and ultimately they have a role in poverty eradication.

Any views from others

Dean Mulozi
Lusaka, Zambia


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