Quick guide: Promi...

Quick guide: Prominent initiatives promoting the development of low-cost computing devices for developing countries

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.

Related briefing sheets:
- Quick guide to low-cost computing devices and initiatives for the developing world
- Quick guide to government-sponsored "Cheap PC" 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:

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