Development and Delivery of training tools to promote livelihood of women and rural areas

Development and Delivery of training tools to promote livelihood of women and rural areas

Organization type: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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After adapting the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM), it was identified that the Philippine Community eCenters lack training suited for rural women. At around the same time the International Telecommunications Union ITU and APWINC have agreed to collaborate on the development and delivery of training tools for the promotion of the livelihood of rural women, thus the partnership

About You
National Computer Center
Section 1: About You
First Name

Ma. Eloisa

Last Name

San Mateo

Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


Organization Name

National Computer Center

Organization Phone


Organization Address

C.P. Garcia Avenue, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City

Organization Country

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How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
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What makes your idea unique?

The developed training tool was pilot tested in one Community e-Center – Bato, Leyte.

Rural and Remote CeC in the Philippines, the participants have zero background on computers and internet use.

To achieve the goal set by the implementing agencies, the project commenced with a two day consultation workshop in the target area: Barangay Sto. Nino, Bato Leyte, Philippines. The objectives of the activity were to (a) familiarize the trainor with the sources of livelihood in the area (b) assess the level of receptivity in attending trainings and seminars which will be useful in their livelihood. The outcome of the consultation workshop became the basis for the development of a customized training tool for the recipients in the selected community.

The five (5) days focused mainly on Basic Internet Literacy while the next five (5) days was devoted on the delivery of the customized training tools. Basic Internet Literacy specifically on familiarizing the participants with the keyboard, functions of the mouse, desktop, internet browser, windows management. Added to that were the exercises on Social networking like email, chatting, facebook, online forums, and introduction to local sites.

Customized training tool focused on topics related to problem solving skills specifically when confronted with problems pertaining to their livelihood, decision making skills like when they evaluate alternative related to their problem, how will they go about deciding which alternative to choose, the value of social networking supplemented by the theoretical background on the basics of economics like the concept of supply and demand and technical materials from the Department of Agriculture and inputs on microfinance.

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Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

we were able to complete the pilot training at Bato, Leyte Last December 2009. Right after the 10 day training, the women were observed to have gained self esteem and confidence, they now participate in the decision making regarding their families livelihood because of the information they are able to access through the internet.

We expect that in the future these women trained through this program will encourage others to learn what they have learned and build an online communities or join networks focused on their concerns for livelihood. In short they will build their social network.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

- lack of women's participation in decision making;
- lack of interest of rural women to use Community e-Center or Internet for the promotion of their livelihood;
- no available material for replication;

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

We have plans of replicating the training to be conducted to CeC facilitators or trainors possible to encourage other rural sectors aside from farmers.

The success may be prevented by the lack of internet facilities in each rural and remote areas.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

Year 1 : 30 of the CeCs have trained facilitators
10% content in the test databank
120 classes composed or rural women nationwide, the 60 CeCs have conducted at least 4 classes each.

Year 2 : additional 30 of the CeCs have trained facilitators
additional 10% content in the test databank
additional 240 classes composed or rural women nationwide, the 60 CeCs have conducted at least 4 classes each.

Year 3 : additional 30 of the CeCs have trained facilitators
additional 10% content in the test databank
additional 360 classes composed or rural women nationwide, the 90 CeCs have conducted at least 4 classes each.
active participation and presence of rural women in local and foreign forums and networks.

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

Improve women's access to internet facilities and their participation in the use of ICT

What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

Our private partners are from the private sector are telecom and software sector we need them to establish infrastructure such as applications and internet access in remote and rural areas.

Non-government organization through the Philippine CeC network, will help us coordinate requirements and share resources among member CeCs.

We are a government agency coordinating with other government agencies involved in improving the livelihood or rural women.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

NCC can conduct the training by utilizing existing resources such as computer laboratories;

CeCs will be charged for their training to cover food, training materials, and resource person, in the future when we already have more people trained through the project, they will be requested to volunteer as trainors when they replicate the training tool.

We will partner with the local community ecenters to monitor development and status of the project.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

results of the Gender Evaluation Methodology

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

The International Telecommunications Union through the ITU Area Office for South East Asia in consultation with the ITU Gender Focal Point in HQ will exercise supervision on the Project in close coordination with APWINC through its focal point. Focal Point in the Philippines is the National Computer Center

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Social norms, Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

Rural women do not have the chance to experience the benefits brought about by the world wide web, they miss on building awareness of what is beyond what they do everyday. They are mostly high school or elementary graduates who believe that ICT are for college people and those who are rich, also they feel that since the CeCs do not have training tools customized for them, that it would only be difficult and impossible for them to use it and learn something new.

This in turn lessens they capability to participate in decision making process in promoting their livelihood because of the limited information made available to them.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology training, Creation and maintenance of market linkages for women's economic outputs.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

Women can gain a certain confidence level to also train other women;
Women can build online social networks to promote their livelihood;

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Low income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women from a developing country..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Non-profit/NGO/community-based organization, Government.

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working with technologies.