Just as light bulbs require electricity to shine, the “new economy” requires theenergy of information and communications technologies (ICT) to illuminate local development. Around the world, billions of dollars have been spent oninfrastructure to give communities access to ICT. One of the non-profit organisations that put emphasis on connecting people with technology for social development is Digital Opportunity Trust(DOT) (http://www.dotrust.org). DOT is a low cost, high impact organization that secures these global investments to connect people with technology, build human capacity andprovide the tools to promote community-led economic and social development.
One of DOT's main programmes is the internship programme in which DOT recruits and trains talented young people (university graduates) from partner countries to become Interns. Because technology alone is not enough, DOT develops these technology ambassadors’ skills inleadership, project management, facilitation,communication and teamwork. The Interns then share and transfer their knowledgethrough practical projects led by communitymembers that respond to local needs andopportunities.DOT's success lies in our ability to leverage innovative partnerships. The people they work with, who represent local and internal organizations,government departments and the private sector, are all champions of local ICT priorities. DOT's global community of colleagues share a common vision of a connected world in the 21st-Century.
Due to my research studies, I was also involved in this organisation from time to time (not in terms of the internship programme, yet in terms of its corporate leadership development program for global companies such as IBM). With regard to Tutormentor, I think it might make sense to build partnerships with such non-profits as the aims are common. Similar programmes can be developed or customized based on mutual needs. Any thoughts on this?