Commitment to Action

Scaling Up CDI

Commitment by

CDI - Center For Digitial Inclusion, Ricardo Piquet

In 2007, CDI committed to extend information technologies to 850,000 youth and adults from Latin America's most vulnerable families. This commitment would leverage CDI's model and network of 840 schools and community centers to support youth and adults as they gain the tools to access knowledge and information, generate income, transform their realities, and serve as leaders of positive change within their communities.
At the end of 2008, through CGI commitments from the Goodhart Foundation and the Sanam Quiraishi Vaziri Foundation, CDI launched new projects and upgraded existing projects along the Linha Amarela to include their social business model - CDI Community. In partnership with volunteer business consultants from Accenture, these projects are working very much in tandem with newer schools being mentored by more experienced schools, and meeting regularly to share best practices and learn from one another. Results have been very promising and all stakeholders are reporting much early success.
CDI Community Centers aim to better support young entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses through the provision of access to credit and business mentors through employment and training opportunities for young people. With volunteers like those from Accenture, a management and technology consulting firm aiding in the long term impact of schools in the Digital Corridor they have built-in mentoring for their students, schools and teachers alike.
CDI aims to create similar working groups that include partnerships with private enterprise throughout their network of 803 schools leading to real job opportunities in the formal labor market for the students from the schools and providing a pool of skilled labor to businesses large and small, working in the regions where the schools reside.

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Commitment

Scaling Up CDI

Launched

2007

Est. Duration

7 Years

Estimated Total Value

$31,000,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CHILE, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, JORDAN, MEXICO, PARAGUAY, PERU

Commitment by

CDI - Center For Digitial Inclusion, Ricardo Piquet

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Philips Healthcare, ABN AMRO, Microsoft, Accenture LLP, Vale S.A., Skoll Foundation