At Telecentre.org Foundation, telecentre networks remains as the core of the telecentre ecosystem. The Network pillar is, probably, one of the more strategically consistent pillars in the lifetime of Telecentre.org since 2005, both in terms of activities and as understood by most stakeholders. In its first phase evaluation, there seems to be a consensus amongst the telecentre community at large – telecentre operators, network administrators, policy makers, all kind of facilitators and telecentre champions, researchers, donors, etc. – that telecentres cannot last long isolated, and that only networks of telecentres can achieve success and be socially and financially sustainable. They appreciate that networking provides opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and support, facilitates access to technical support and expands telecentres' social supply chain function.
If we retrieve the potential benefits of networking as listed in the Guidebook for Managing Telecentre Networks, there is evidence that:
The effort that started with Telecentre.org support helped many telecentre networks to emerge and others to grow stronger. Telecentre.org helped to establish networks in over 40 nations, 15 of these are very vibrant and dynamic. These networks were established through core grants offered to implementing organizations. Across the continent, networks working in French, English, Arabic, Spanish, Russian and Thai have established relationships and developed concrete activities that strengthen their respective programs. Networks have engaged with each other to share knowledge, develop new products and services, develop institutional capacities, address operational challenges, mobilize resources and promote telecentres. Networking has created a sense of common purpose that binds networks together and offers higher aspirations for the Global Telecentre movement.
While a few of these networks developed robust sustainable models, a number of them are yet to find funding mechanisms to continue their operation. It is therefore important for Telecentre.org Foundation to strengthen these networks while also help to establish new ones where networks are not present. However, instead of stopping at offering core grant to national telecentre networks, Telecentre.org will strive to help them become channels of services, products and goods aimed at users of community telecentres.
The following strategies will be adopted to establish, strengthen and deepen telecentre networks:
If you manage a telecentre, or a telecentre network, consider joining the global network of telecentres! We'd love to hear from you. Contact People & Organizational Networking Manager to learn more.
Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Telecentre Network
Regional Focal Point: Mr. Julian Casasbuenas
Community Learning Coordinator: Ms. Eiko Kawamura
Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Telecentre Network
Regional Focal Point: Mr. Karim Kasim
Community Learning Coordinator: Ms. Rasha Mahmoud Eid El-Baz
Eurasia Telecentre Network
Regional Focal Point: Mr. Mark Skogen
Community Learning Coordinator: Ms. Mariam Tevzadze
Telecentre Europe Network
Regional Focal Point: Mr. Laurentiu Bunescu
Asia Pacific Telecentre Network
Community Learning Coordinator: Ms. Seuwandi Yapa
NetAfrica (African Telecentre Network)
Regional Focal Point: TBD
Community Learning Coordinator (French): Marius Adaha
Community Learning Coordinator (English): Cleopa Otieno
Last updated by Buenafe Abdon Feb 8, 2011.