The Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) is providing access to rare books, government reports and past newspapers. Digital Divide Kenya has digitized a series of publications allowing readers to access this local content in remote locations.
This month we say a fond goodbye to Mai Siriphongphanh, DDD's Chief People Officer, who after 9 years is moving on to a new challenge in Laos. Mai will remain on DDD's Board of Directors as she begins her new social enterprise venture with a jewelry company based in Vientiane. We spent some time talking to Mai about her experience starting our operations in Laos, what she has learned about leadership effectiveness, staff development and the motivation to succeed.
Nine rural provinces, 735 communes, 4,192 villages, up to 250,000 households and 1,000,000 people: these are the dimensions of DDD’s most recent data entry contract. On November 1st, DDD’s data management operators began to convert handwritten paper surveys collected from Cambodia’s poorest rural households into digital form.
On Friday July 29th, the Kisumu Municipal Council and Digital Divide Data launched a project to digitize the business permit process in the city. The project was officially launched by Mathew Lubongeja, the chairman of the Lake Victor Region Local Authorities Cooperation, at its 10th annual meeting.
In Palo Alto on June 13, 2011 guests gathered with our Board at the home of longtime Board member Howard Neff to kick-off our 10th Anniversary year. Below Board Chair Irving Levin and CEO Jeremy Hockenstein listen to supporter Noosheen Hashemi of the HAND Foundation while enjoying the long summer day on the veranda.
A new report from the Rockefeller Foundation says that the model DDD pioneered--using business process outsourcing (BPO) as a means to create employment for people at the base of the pyramid--has the potential for enormous impact. The report, authored by the Monitor Group, calls the model “Impact Sourcing” and makes a strong business case for it. They argue that Impact Sourcing can provide high-quality reliable services at prices lower than what traditional providers can offer.
The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization comprised of member companies that are involved in the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide. As companies who market to people of faith, responsible sourcing is very important to ECPA members. That’s why the ECPA has entered into a new strategic partnership with DDD.
Google Inc. made a donation of $100,000 to Digital Divide Data (DDD), the acclaimed social enterprise that delivers content business process outsourcing services to clients globally. The grant, from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund, will support a major upgrade of the technology used by DDD to provide data entry, XML conversion and digital preservation services to publishers, libraries, archives, governments, academic researchers and businesses.
Microsoft Corp. announced today a donation of software with a retail value of $250,000 to Digital Divide Data (DDD). The grant, from Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential program, will support DDD to bring its social business model to Kenya. The new venture will provide services such as data entry, XML conversion and digital preservation for publishers, libraries, content hosts, academic researchers and businesses.
Digital Divide Data (DDD) announced the launch of a new business process outsourcing (BPO) business in Nairobi, Kenya. The social enterprise, which aims to create jobs for Kenyan youth, is the first investment in a Kenyan BPO company to combine U.S. technology and market expertise with operating experience in Asia.