Webinar: How Nonprofits Are Addressing Digital Inclusion in Developing Countries

Globally, more than 4 billion people lack access to to the internet and the opportunities it can bring. It also means that are left out of the economic, educational, social, and civic benefits of the internet. Why does this global disparity matter and what are some of the reasons the global digital divide has been so persistent?

This webinar will look at how the information society leaves behind many marginalized groups and try to understand the barriers to access. We’ll then look at several examples of models that are addressing the global digital divide and review lessons learned through the lens of the Beyond Access program, an initiative of IREX that transforms libraries into thriving modern community hubs.

The webinar will explore how IREX aligns digital inclusion with broader, existing development mandates and goals to embed digital skills in its work and ensure a more inclusive information society.

This webinar is part of NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellowship program, aimed at supporting digital inclusion initiatives, sharing best practices, and showcasing digital inclusion programs. You do not need to be a Fellow to attend; all are invited.

Speaker: Matthew Vanderwerff
Matt Vanderwerff is a Project Director at IREX where he currently works with the Center for Collaborative Technology (CCT), providing direct program management and technical assistance in Washington, DC. Matt currently oversees the Beyond Access program, an initiative focused on creating and sustaining modern community information hubs around the world so that more people have access to the information they need to improve their lives. Matt previously provided project management for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Global Libraries programs in Romania and Ukraine as well as several other technology and community development programs in the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to joining IREX, Matt worked as Research Assistant for USAID’s Bureau for Europe and Eurasia. Matt holds an MA in Russia and East European Studies from the University of Michigan, where he was a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow from 2006-2008.