The research helped start and support two communities to add ICTs to their existing community centres. The distinctives of the telecentre model were: Focused on a very poor community Designed and run by individuals (youth) drawn from the local community Contributing to an established locally-driven ongoing project rather than being set up as a new venture Content-led rather than technology led with active encouragement to design and publish local content Create and use computer based learning for subjects beyond computers Based on an integrated approach towards livelihoods rather than set up purely as an information and communication centre Risk aversion by utilising technology in a strategic way Alternative Information Appliances, Open source software, Alternative Connectivity Options
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Links to other projects

Community Telecentres for Urban Youth

Big World is a specialist UK charity using Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to meet the information needs of the poor in the so-called Third World.

Gamos is a small but influential company working with the social factors surrounding development interventions, organisational development, technology use and transfer.
The following are links to some of their projects:

The Remittances and mobile phones project is researching ways mobile phones can be used to send migrant remittances.

The Community Television for development project explores the opportunities presented by digital convergence for locally produced and broadcast television and radio for development.

The Telecoms in Africa site,, presents the findings of two projects researching the use of telecommunications amongst the rural poor in Africa and Asia.

The Sustainable ICTs project researched the sustainablility factors involved in integrating ICTs into ongoing development activities.

The e-Commerce and Handicrafts project looked at how craft producers could take advantage of the internet and e-commerce opportunities to sell their goods.

The Sustainalbe Livelihoods and energy project aimed at assisting general extension workers to be aware of energy in thier grassroots work.

The Displaced Person Domestic Energy project demonstrated the use of a new psychosocial survey tool to assess environmental and energy concerns.

The Exit Strategies for Resettlement of Drought Prone Populations project assessed the various approaches to the handover of water pumps in resettlement areas from an external organisation to the local community.

The Art for Social Change site describes the work of Bill Crooks

Be sure to visit the personal site of Simon Batchelor.

Site created by Simon Hearn, Gamos Ltd.