One Global Economy

One Global Economy (OGE) works with under-served communities to create and implement information-based development strategies to help households and individuals raise their standard of living, join the economic mainstream, and innovate local solutions. The digital age offers great opportunities for economic growth. Yet millions of people are excluded, either because they are poor, live in remote areas or developing countries, or lack training in digital literacy. This digital divide prevents pe...

One Global Economy
1776 Eye St. NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
United States
402-203-5214
http://www.OneGlobalEconomy.org

President, Founder

Moustafa Mourad

Board of Directors

Rey Ramsey, Moustafa A Mourad, Ben Hecht

Project Leaders

Elizabeth Kountze
Alyssa Perez

Mission

One Global Economy (OGE) works with under-served communities to create and implement information-based development strategies to help households and individuals raise their standard of living, join the economic mainstream, and innovate local solutions. The digital age offers great opportunities for economic growth. Yet millions of people are excluded, either because they are poor, live in remote areas or developing countries, or lack training in digital literacy. This digital divide prevents people from accessing information that can help them make informed decisions about issues relevant to them, such as healthcare, education, employment, and finances. Many people in low-income areas who lack access to the Internet and targeted information and training tools in their own languages are now at an even greater risk of exclusion from the economic mainstream. Those with low literacy levels and limited educations who live in underserved communities lack the ability to use information technologies to access information, resources and opportunities that matter most for informed decision-making and livelihood advancement. One Global Economy works with local partners and computer centers to provide communities and individuals the tools they require, via information and communications technology, to improve their quality of life and economic livelihoods. OGE provides access to information, actionable-community development online and mobile content and tools in local languages and trains young people in digital literacy and community development. OGE firmly believes that access to information and collaborative platforms encourages innovation, citizen engagement and economic development. OGE has a vision in all people have access to the information they need to improve their lives and contribute to their communities. As a result, development is locally led and more effective. Additionally, OGE believes sustainable economic development requires local innovation, in which community members and leaders have the tools, networks, and resources to test and share their solutions locally, regionally, and internationally. OGE's strategy is to offer digital inclusion programs in low-income areas that focus on increasing access to the Internet (building the capacity of local computer centers), increasing the quantity and quality of actionable community development and livelihood generation content in local languages, and offering digital literacy and business training to local trainers.

Programs

One Global Economy (OGE) is a nonprofit organization based in Washington DC. OGE offers community development technical assistance for digital and economic inclusion in five key areas: 1) Online & Mobile Community Development Content: OGE offers technology expertise and localized portals for community and individual development. To date, OGE has launched community-driven portals, called Beehives, in 14 countries and 13 languages. For an example see http://Kenya.theBeehive.org. More than 2 million unique visitors access the international Beehives each year. The cornerstone of OGE methodology is engaging local stakeholders in a participatory process to identify key community development priorities, and developing the best-practices content as well as highly localized resources that address those concerns. In addition, OGE works with local partners to disseminate its content through Beehive websites or other relevant platforms such as mobile phones. OGE's Entrepreneurship Center, available on each Beehive, is localized to the business realities of each country. The content is used by hundreds of thousands of clients each year and has received considerable positive feedback. For example, in Rwanda, Sosthene Nkundimana, 24, found information in Kinyarwandan on the Rwanda Beehive about how to increase his profits in potato farming, and how to get the funding he needed to grow the business. The Beehive websites, developed for digital inclusion programs In Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa, enable internet adoption by offering locally-generated content that is targeted to users with low-literacy levels. Created through a stakeholder engagement process that engages Community Knowledge Center owners, managers, and patrons in a participatory process to identify the key community development priorities facing local residents, each Beehive is unique, written and edited by a local resident, and offered in the local language. Many CKCs feature the Beehive website as the mainpage featured on their computers. The Beehive addresses issues related to health, education, financial management, income generation, and other locally-relevant themes. Each Beehive aims to provide local residents with the necessary tools to manage their diseases, improve their skills, and build their budgets. The Beehive is offered at both a national and community level, enabling the Community Knowledge Center to reach far beyond its individual community, to foster a larger crowd of online engagement in the country, to encourage and enable copycat CKCs to develop and enjoy the benefits of the Beehive, and to market the CKC. Perhaps most importantly, the Beehive offers information that connects community residents to resources and economic opportunities for taking action to improve their lives in an immediate way. In the South Africa Mobile Entrepreneurs program, OGE provides business and financial literacy information to small-scale entrepreneurs over text messages. Thanks to a support from Citi Foundation, OGE builds upon its SMS Financial Update Network in targeted approach for micro-entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners. The project offers in-person trainings complemented by SMS texts and computer center support that help existing and aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners increase their profits, market reach and chances of business success. In Egypt, OGE's Gessur Initiative created a process in which software engineers work with small-scale businesses to produce online and mobile applications designed to improve business efficiencies. In addition, it offers both application developers and business owners the necessary training for micro-enterprise development and sustainability. 2) Platforms and Media for Civic Engagement: Working closely with each community, OGE has created dedicated social networks and collaborative websites to increase digital literacy and technical capacity in developing countries. example http://www.RunCKC.org, which enables community computer center managers to share best practices and solve problems together through interactive dialogue. The site includes learning resources such as OGE's Community Knowledge Guide for training managers as well as its Community Connectors curriculum offering digital literacy for youth. OGE provides modifiable website templates and training for rural center managers, called MyCKC: (http://MyCKC.org). Each site is managed by the manager along with a team of young local journalists. It provides a localized, unique platform including training and technical support. 3) Training in Digital Literacy, Business Planning, & Entrepreneurship: OGE has offered its youth digital literacy and leadership training program, called Community Connectors, in Brazil, Haiti, India Mexico, Kenya. This program teaches adolescents information technology, leadership, business planning, and community engagement skills (see the curriculum here: http://ccg.runckc.org). Community Connectors is offered in local languages and informed by One Economy's US-based Digital Connectors Program, which has trained 5,000 US youth who have engaged technology adoption campaigns that have reached more than 500,000 under-served residents throughout the US. The curricula feature skills-building training for career development, with a strong emphasis on business skills for entrepreneurship. In addition to Community Connectors, Center Managers trainings are delivered by career facilitators and local OGE trainers based in Egypt, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, Rwanda and South Africa (see full OGE curriculum here: http://ckg.runckc.org), for nonprofit computer center owners and managers. The trainings teach market principles to create sustainable centers that do not require any outside subsidies. Through its work with Cisco, OGE works with local nonprofits to develop Community Knowledge Centers (CKCs) that are community-driven technology access points. OGE has conducted managers' trainings courses for more than 100 center managers around the world, offering more than 40 hours of instruction on topics ranging from creating revenue streams and business planning, to using video, to community asset mapping. 4) Asset Mapping Technical Expertise, Methodology, and Consulting services: OGE offers its asset mapping methodology for community/business partnerships and livelihood opportunity identification. The methodology is designed to link employers with their surrounding communities in a business-like fashion. It directs outsourcing and employment opportunities to individuals and organizations based on their existing skills and capacities in the underserved communities in their immediate vicinity. Since its founding in 2005, OGE has equipped community-based organizations across the globe with its asset mapping and asset building methodologies including stakeholders engagement, intensive interviewing as well as the facilitation of focus groups and community surveys. In addition, OGE also offers Comprehensive Community Planning workshops to introduce participants to Community-Based Planning, its rationale, and methodologies. Applied to a community, this methodology can enable citizen involvement in democracy, as well as an outline of the basic issues that community planning seeks to address. 5) Digital Inclusion Mapping: OGE's experience leading stakeholder engagement sessions and community outreach surveys made it a natural lead implementer for the Broadband Mapping program in the South Pacific. The Broadband Mapping program offers consumer insight on broadband adoption through a $1.5 million grant One Economy received as part of a consortium from the federal government under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. OGE works with the state governments of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. The program uses one-on-one interviews, community surveys, town halls and mapping of available broadband access to identify the barriers people face to Internet adoption and to devise strategies to increase access and usage of broadband. As a result, community leaders, decision makers and business owners can gain greater insight into local demand and knowledge of how to serve and improve their communities.

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