Go ICT, Go Girls

Go ICT, Go Girls

Dhaka, BangladeshDhaka, Bangladesh
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

BIID is an inclusive business with the objective to promote usage of ICT to serve the BoP market in a sustainable approach in different sectors.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Women are almost 50% of Bangladesh population and engage in various socio economic activities at different level and usually engage low skilled jobs. To cope up with the recent boom of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in Bangladesh the demand for quality ICT education for the girls has increased significantly. Recently, BIID has signed an agreement with Intel to introduce Intel Easy Step program. This program is designed to build the ICT skill and knowledge to empower individuals to become an entrepreneur or get employed. And the demand for quality education is in high demand in Bangladesh at affordable cost.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

BIID will offer Intel® Easy Steps (IES) program for the local girls under GIGG project. The IES program gives adult learners the opportunity to improve their social and economic self-sufficiency through digital literacy. The program materials use proven adult learning techniques to teach practical and relevant skills to people with little or no prior computer experience. The program materials are comprised of the Basic Course, which teaches basic digital literacy skills in a structured format, and a series of IES Activity Cards. The GIGG project will not only address the quality issue rather consider mentoring (and link with access to finance) during and after the project is over so that one participants can ensure best use of the knowledge and potentials in a meaningful way.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

BIID has been working in the field of ICT for development since its inception and developed partnership with organizations like Grameen Phone and Intel. Also we have a network of own telecentres at local level, in both rural and urban set up and BIID identified quality ICT education as a most demanding service among the trainees. At the same time there is huge demand of skilled HR at different level including running rural ICT centres and computer operators. The GIGG project will offer quality ICT training at reasonable cost and link them up with potential employment opportunities or get self employed through proper mentoring. The inclusiveness of GIGG project will make the difference at impact level. A team at BIID will frame future guidelines for the trainees as per their expectation & capacity and set indicators to monitor the achievements. Through different existing and potential partnership, we will facilitate girls to get maximum opportunity to explore their potentials. BIID will open up the doors for the girls under GIGG to know the wider perspectives of ICT usage as employee and employer. A set profile format will be used to asses the status of the trainees while they enroll for training.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are hundreds of training centres, NGO’s and programs are running in the market at local level with different programs and Government also offering certificate courses which are leading the market. They are the major competitors for the GIGG project and we have national & local partners who are peers for us. GIGG project will address the major weak points of the existing programs including quality (activity based) and mentorship issue. We foresee negative campaign against the GIGG project (like existing training centres offer certification of the government) and offering subsidized courses may be the biggest threat for BIID.
Team

Founding Story

Our Aha moment will be when we will see the happy faces of GIGG beneficiaries, BIID considers the sustainability of any initiative only when it brings smile to the targeted communities. This will happen when our beneficiaries are positioned themselves at different level and created opportunity to increase income as entrepreneur and employment opportunity. This will be more when we will see that more girls are enrolling in GIGG and organizations are expressing their interest to be a part of this holistic initiative. The final Aha will be enjoyed when GIGG will be established as an inclusive business model and nationwide scaling up is in place without much promotion rather than seeing the success.
About You
Organization:
Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)
About You
First Name

Salima

Last Name

Jahan

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)

Organization Country

, DHA, Dhaka

Country where this project is creating social impact

, DHA, Dhaka

Age of Innovator

18-34

Gender of Innovator

Female

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

a. Our e-Krishok was selected as Best Innovative e-Agriculture initiative in 2010 by The Ministry of Science and ICT, Government of Bangladesh

b. ITU Stocktaking recognized e-Krishok as Top 10 ICT initiative in 2011

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Quality, Equity.

Social Impact
What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)

Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

BIID already partnered with Intel for offering Intel Easy Steps program in Bangladesh and trained 25 Master trainers jointly with Intel. Also we enrolled 10 (Ten) local training centres to offer the training facility and implementing the GIGG project under a franchisee network agreement. A target set for the project and which is reaching 100,000 by 2013, out of them 10,000 will be girls. The course curriculum, partnership strategy, promotional plan & tools developed and mentoring guidelines are already in place to start the project by September 2012. A business model has also been framed to ensure sustainability of the initiative. BIID also designed an incentive package and planned to build a team of 100 Ambassadors under GIGG to spread the project all over Bangladesh.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

The GIGG project will have multi facet impact in next 1-3 years including development of a skilled pool of 100,000 members with proper knowledge and understanding on ICT & its potential. At least, 10,000 girls will be trained and it is expected to engage 10% of this group will become entrepreneur and rest will get employment opportunity to improve their livelihood. Partners from different sectors like financial institutes, MNCs, Telecom operators and Government will be on board within this stipulated timeline. A social awareness through demonstration of quality training will be another big impact on society through GIGG.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Availability of qualified trainer will be the no. one challenge at the initial stage. BIID also foresee the challenge from the local service providers of GIGG project to understand the long term value of the initiative. There are some issues in the Business Model to function as inclusive business since there are not many social capitalists or resources available for adequate research & development, monitoring and initial investments. GIGG project will give extra effort by engaging competent trainers and continuously train them to ensure quality issue of trainers. Through partnering with different organizations BIID foresee to overcome the resource constraint.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Within next six month, BIID will ensure localization of the training modules and enroll 500 girls in the GIGG project through 10

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Finalize planning. Localize the training modules in local language and select 10 training centres . Also finalize the bu

Task 2

Develop a pool of 5 master trainer(s) and select/train 20 trainers for training, and testing the QC guidelines for fine tuning.

Task 3

Primary assessment of trainees and facilitate to achieve the targets set by the participants. Developing a guideline for ensurin

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Within 12 months of launching of GIGG project, additional 50 new locations, 100 Master trainer and enroll 5,000 girls in GIGG pr

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Regional GIGG resource centres will be established and the pool of Master Trainer will be scaled up at district level

Task 2

National level campaign will be launched jointly with partners to position the GIGG project among different stakeholders and ben

Task 3

Document and share success stories on the impact of the GIGG project and create facilities to provide support the trainees to ut

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

There will be different kind of Partners like Intel as Core Partner and serve as the Certificate issuing authority. Other partners includes government, sponsors (through CSR), and most importantly local training service providers. Some partnerships will be strategic and some will be functional to make the GIGG project successful. BIID will look for Sponsor Partners to mobilize resources from CSR and social capital or grant to keep GIGG more beneficial for the BoP communities.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

BIID understand that there will be new areas of collaboration while implementing the GIGG project and the learning can be a ‘big’ resource for sharing among other potential partners who may be interested to initiate similar projects.