A list of global and regional programs that seek (in part) to extend access to computing and communications through the development and promotion of low-cost devices. Please note that separate quick guides catalog initiatives to develop and roll-out specific low-cost devices, and government-sponsored computer ownership programs.
- Emerging Market Handset Programme
Launched in February 2005, the GSM Association's Emerging Market Handset initiative (EMH) aims "to give 80% of the world’s population access to mobile communications by 2010".
- Information Technology Access For Everyone (ITAFE)
Launched at the World Economic Forum's 2004 Annual Meeting, ITAFE sought to "to accelerate efforts related to digital access and inclusion".
- NEPAD e-Schools
Project to connect all African schools to the Internet by 2020.
- Project Inkwell
The goal of Project Inkwell, which seeks to become a standards body in the area, is "to accelerate the deployment of appropriate technologies onto K-12 desktops worldwide".
Notable large corporate initiatives in this area include: