Networks : Empowering Communities through Telecentre Networking

In 2006 IDRC's commissioned a survey entitled, Telecentre Scoping Study in North Africa and the Middle East (103537), the first of its kind in the region. The study revealed that although there are no formal telecentre networking activities in the region, those countries in which telecentres are strongest - Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Morocco - have pulled together in loose networks for peer support. On the whole, however, telecentre programming is a lot weaker and more fragmented than in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or Latin America.

With over 1 300 telecentres (IT Clubs) under a national program that dates back to early 1990s, Egypt has the highest concentration of telecentre activities in a single country in the region.

This grant will allow the Egyptian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MCIT) and the IT Trust Fund to strengthen the current model of IT Clubs in Egypt by providing support services such as on-demand helpdesk services, telecentre staff training, online and offline knowledge sharing platforms, etc. The project will also endeavor to spearhead the creation of a vibrant telecentre community in the region and bridge the gap between telecentre practitioners in the Arab world and their counterparts elsewhere.

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Start Date

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

End Date

Sunday, January 31, 2010


17 months

IDRC Officer

Mayanja, Meddie

Total funding

CA$ 181,735


Egypt, Middle East, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria

Project Leader

Hoda Dahroug


United Nations Development Programme

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