DOT-COM Activity: Brazil - Strategies for Sustaining and Expanding Computer Clubhouses in Brazil
Short Description: Intel is establishing a Computer Clubhouse in Brazil, and dot-ORG staff are working with the local implementing NGOs to develop and test different sustainability strategies and business plans to enable the Clubhouses to continue and expand their operations after funding from Intel is completed.
Phase/Type of Activity: Pilot Status: Completed
Start date: October 16, 2002 End Date: October 01, 2006
Eric Rusten , Project Director
Programa para o futuro , Academy for Educational Development Email: Tel: (202) 884-8714
Full Description: The dot-ORG/Intel Collaborative pilot Project to Develop Strategies for Sustaining and Expanding Computer Clubhouses was officially launched in Brazil in May 2003. The Pilot in Brazil is a parallel to that in South Africa. Intel is establishing three Computer Clubhouses each in Brazil and South Africa (a woman manages the one active Clubhouse in Sao Paulo, Brazil). Using dot-ORG funds, project staff work with the local implementing NGOs to develop and test different sustainability strategies and business plans. The goal is to enable the Clubhouses to continue and expand their operations after funding from Intel is completed.
The dot-ORG project team is also provide technical assistance to Intel and the NGOs in their efforts to expand the Clubhouse program to support other community populations when not being used by the target youth, develop linkages between the South African and Brazilian Clubhouses, assist with strategies for expanding the concept to other locations, and facilitate relationships between the program and USAID Missions in both countries. Update: During a recent visit by dot-ORG staff, the workplan has been refined to implement three revenue-generating activities. The first activity involves working with the youth to develop their graphic design abilities. The plan is to find major corporations to sponsor custom designed public relations buttons with their names and logos on them, to be distributed at an upcoming IT conference in Brazil. Secondly, a calendar will be developed which can be sold as a fund raiser. Thirdly, community training in IT skills is being offered.
ICT Intervention(s): Computers in schools, ICT/Curriculum integration, Local content development, Technical Training, Telecenters DOT-COMments eNewsletter Articles:
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.