News and History
OrphanIT and our partner 'click and give' site SolvePoverty.com have been working in the telecentre and ICT4D field for 6 years since the launch of our first computer school in Ermita, Manila, Philippines in 2001....
Harvard Business Review
OrphanIT was highlighted in an article entitled 'Serving the World's Poor, Profitably' by C.K. Prahalad, University of Michigan Business School Professor, one of the top ten business professors according to Business Week.
Excerpt from the Harvard Business Review article:
"Now, thanks to the rapid expansion of high-speed digital networks, companies are realizing even greater savings by locating such labor-intensive service functions as call centers, marketing services, and back-office transaction processing in developing areas.
For example, the nearly 20 companies that use OrphanIT.com's affiliate-marketing services, provided via its telecenters in India and the Philippines, pay one-tenth the going rate for similar services in the United States or Australia.
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Market
Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla describes the remote-services opportunity this way: "I suspect that by 2010, we will be talking about [remote services] as the fastest-growing part of the world economy, with many trillions of dollars of new markets created. Besides keeping costs down, outsourcing jobs to BOP markets can enhance growth, since job creation ultimately increases local consumers' purchasing power"
BPO in Europe
According to Forrester Research EU BPO transactions are poised to escalate, from €77 billion to €2.2 trillion in 2006 — increasing from less than 1% to 22 percent.
Meet Some of the YSEI Fellows.....
GV Krishnagopal, Network of Dynamic Labour Mart Associations (NDLMA), Secunderabad, India.
Network of Dynamic Labour Mart Associations aims to provide integrated services to ensure migrant labour in India ultimately derive secure livelihoods. It plans to organize migrant labour into associations (collectives/producer companies) which will provide services like organized contracting/sourcing of work, build skills, smoothen the demand and supply situation, provide access to common pool of utility tools, institutionalize the remittance, savings and credit transactions for the migrant labour and provide access to basic needs, social needs and security.
This will be achieved through collaborations with a range of institutions (academic, corporate, and government) using the multi-stakeholder collaborative framework and institutional arrangement.
Saurav Kumar, Community Friendly Movement, New Delhi , India
By leveraging on technology and the power of retail, CFM seeks to create wealth for its primary stakeholders-artisan communities at the bottom of the supply chain, by creating a market for quality handmade products at competitive prices.
In the current retail model, products where the cost is $1 are sold to consumers at prices that range from $5 to $7. CFM will price its products for its customers at $2.5-3.5 and encourage them to use some portion of the money they save to improve artisan lives. Starting with 10 artisan communities in India and sales of USD 60,000, in 5 years time CFM strives to improve the lives of 5000 communities globally by selling up to USD 500 million of merchandise.
Marielle Punzalan Nadal, Idea!s, Muntilupa City, Philippines
Idea!s is a communications consultancy that empowers non-profits by utilizing information and communication technologies (ICT) as the most effective tool for advocacy and fundraising activities.
Based in the Philippines , it organizes workshops for communicators, putting them in touch with new, cost-effective and efficient communications tools and methods, and training them on specific communications skills, particularly those related to digital campaigns. It also s upports these partner communicators and their respective institutions with appropriate and cost-efficient ICT-enabled communications solutions through the aid of technical and creative expertise.
SOLS 24 - Dili, Timor Leste
Founded in 2000 in Cambodia , SOLS 24/7 offers a comprehensive two year training and boarding program on life-skills education for youth from disadvantaged families. The curriculum is comprised of delivering academic skills (English, business & entrepreneurship), leadership & character building skills and lessons on social consciousness.
The program consists of a 4 stage (6 month each) process based on a proven model in Cambodia (Formerly known as LCDI, largest non formal providers in Cambodia 22 province centers). SOLS currently plans to scale-up its program into East Timor .
Other updates ...........
June 20th 2006 - OrphanIT begins work on a content management system coded in up to 20 languages that will allow students at telecentres to create powerful, open source, web 2.0, code compliant websites for clients all around the world (translated) for under US$500. See TheGoldenLotus.org
Sep 15th 2004 - OrphanIT creates Mentorship role for GKP on their Asia wide Youth Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (YSEI) Taskforce. www.YSEI.org
June 1st 2004 - OrphanIT formally registered as a charity in the Philippines.
May 13th 2004 - Finalist in the Stockhom Challenge
October 30th 2003 - Graduation of fourth GLOW class in Manila.
March 15th 2003 - OrphanIT wins Global Junior Challenge. (international award.)
The following projects were competitors in the Global Junior Challenge in Rome, Italy in 2002. These finalists have been chosen from submissions from around the world for sponsorship by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business in California, USA
The Winners are:
Orphan IT and Glow ICT Centres
Katha's IT Challenge 2010
Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative
Narrowing the Digital Divide
New Millennium Electronic Magazine
Community Led Environment Action Network
The Impact of AIDS in Katutura
Mar. 13, 2003 - University hosts international conference on information technology and globalization Speakers to address United Nations technology challenge.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Mar. 13, 2003 - The Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University today released the program for its international conference, "NETWORKED WORLD: Information Technology and Globalization." The day-long event will bring together leading thinkers from around the globe to discuss the challenges of the world's increasing interconnection through technology and the resulting impact on globalization.
Mar. 7th, 2003 - OrphanIT approved as a nominee in the prestigious Stockholm Challenge
December 12th, 2002 - OrphanIT.com nominated in the Global Junior Challenge from more than 500 entries. A joint panel comprising the Global Youth Incubator, Digital Youth Consortium and corporate donors selected the nominees during an Award Ceremony on 12th Dec, 2002 in Rome.
October 15th, 2002 - OrphanIT remote services reviewed in the Harvard Business Review article 'Serving the World's Poor, Profitably'
August 28th, 2002 - SolvePoverty.com updated with new focus on Cause Related Marketing.
July 11th, 2002 - Second class of GLOW students graduate PC fundamerntals with third class graduating April 2003.
June 2nd, 2002 - SolvePoverty.com nominated as one of web's TOP 365 sites of the year on Cool Site of the Day 2002. “The Cool Site of the Year Awards is the arbiter of taste on the Internet.” -The New York Times. Visit Cool Site of the Day
April 4th, 2002 - SolvePoverty.com and OrphanIT partner with IIDA in Chennai, India to begin rollout of online marketing and web development services.
March 12th, 2002 - Launch of our remote services business OrphanIT.com with 10 new clients contracting us in the first 10 days.
February 15th, 2002 - GLOW moves to larger premises at Mary Johnson Hospital located in the heart of Tondo Second class of students begin studies at GLOW.
February 24th, 2001 - First GLOW Learning centre opens in Manila, Philippines March with funds raised by SolvePoverty.com, Hyperstudy.com, Opportunity International, Intel and other leading education and training providers.
September 2nd, 2001 - Simon Healy, Rod Hearps, Paul Ferris and Caroline Thomas (SolvePoverty and GLOW team members) invited to participate on the World Bank and AUSAID's Virtual Colombo Plan Advisory Committee
November 12th, 2001 - GLOW was the Digital Dividend Clearinghouse, Project of the Week, November 12, 2001 “GLOW's unique business model allows its computer centers to train underprivileged youth free of charge, sustainably
December 19th, 2001 - First 25 students graduate from GLOW ONE with 93% pass rate accredited by TESDA
November 1st, 2000 - The Objective Group lend their considerable talents to help market SolvePoverty internationally.
OrphanIT is a multi award winning, cause related, non profit, social business you can trust. Using our web development services helps SolvePoverty.com