Around the world today, access to information is critical. One Global Economy’s community driven approach to international development works to extend and enhance the benefits of information and technology to those who need it most – the world’s poor. One Global Economy engages individuals, nongovernmental organizations, businesses, and governments in a focused and scalable effort with local partners to provide communities and individuals with the tools they need, via technology, to improve their decision-making and facilitate their economic livelihood.
Online and Mobile Content
One Global Economy’s flagship product is the Beehive website (www.TheBeehive.org), a locally-created digital ecosystem that addresses issues related to health, education, financial management, income generation, and other vital themes. One Global Economy works hand-in-hand with local partners to identify the key community development priorities facing local residents and to gather best-practice information and highly localized resources that address these concerns. Written in the local language and targeted at users with low literacy levels, each Beehive aims to provide residents with the necessary tools to manage their diseases, improve their skills, and build their budgets. Anyone with access to the Internet or an online computer center can benefit from the information – on an average month, more than 130,000 unique visitors from 170 countries visit One Global Economy’s international Beehives, which operate in 12 countries.
One Global Economy has adapted to serve the enormous market of mobile phone users in developing countries. The South Africa Mobile Entrepreneurs program offers business information and financial literacy tips to small scale entrepreneurs over text messages.
One Global Economy’s Community Connectors program is a Training of Trainers program with a full online curriculum that teaches youth basic computer operations, Internet and Beehive navigation, entrepreneurship, leadership development, community asset mapping, and life skills management. After learning in the classroom, youth are sent into their communities to train fellow residents and to disseminate and gather relevant information using available local tools. One Global Economy also works with the managers at existing technology centers to help them improve their business and community skills.
Working closely with each community, One Global Economy has created unique social networks and collaboration sites to increase digital literacy and business technical capacity among owners and managers of computer centers by providing workshops and trainings at physical locations, called Community Knowledge Centers (CKCs), and through websites for Center Managers: www.RunCKC.org. RunCKC enables managers to share best practices, download resources and curriculum, and solve problems together through interactive dialogue. One Global Economy also offers unique, easy-to-modify sites for computer center managers and small nonprofits on sites called MyCKC (http://MyCKC.org,) providing training, hosting, and technical support for the site editors.
Asset mapping allows One Global Economy to connect local residents to employment opportunities and resources. In order to link individuals with locally-invested businesses, One Global Economy finds the latent skills of community residents and maps these skill sets into a shared database, connecting the residents with operations that local businesses would ordinarily outsource. Through interviews, stakeholder engagement sessions, focus groups, and surveys, One Global Economy seeks out community-driven opportunity identification, and provides resources for community leaders to recognize employment-generating strategies for their citizens.
- In 2010, more than 950,000 Arabic speaking people found vital information on the Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel Beehives.
- 300,000 people have accessed homework helper content from the Mexican Beehive, InfoFácil.
- 500 people in South Africa are receiving information via text messages about entrepreneurship, business planning and financial literacy.
“We need to share ideas, to grow together and also to work together based on one another’s experience,” wrote Robinson Opiyo, Pala Community Knowledge Center Manager, in rural Western Kenya. “This social network (www.RunCKC.org) is the best place do it.”
“Through MyCKC, I can get information from others and post information which other people can benefit from and i can inform people outside the community the situations we face and the achievements made so far.” Nicholas M. Makau, Kenya
One Global Economy works in Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Cameroon, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Haiti, Brazil and India.