Women’s Digital Centers call for projects 2018

We support projects in education and health for the most vulnerable populations: young people and women in all of the countries where the Orange group operates.

 

Appel à projet Maisons Digitales France 2017

 

In this context, we created the “Women’s Digital Centers” program in 2015. It aims to empower economically vulnerable women by providing them with training in digital technology, management skills, use of software… Some women will consolidate basic knowledge, discover the use of a computer, others will improve their CV and cover letter to help them in their job search.
All of these training courses are a key to women’s economic empowerment.

200 Women’s Digital Centers operate in 18 countries at end 2017.
The Women’s Digital Centers respond to a need for digital skills development for unemployed women without qualifications in vulnerable economic situations.

  • In Africa: Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Botswana, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan
  • In Europe: France, Spain, Poland and Romania
  • and in India

An international call for projects

In order to reinforce the program, we are launching the 2018 Women’s Digital Centers call for projects, in the countries where the Orange group operates. This year, the priority is to consolidate the existing Women’s Digital Centers, and to set-up new Women’s Digital Centers if needed, depending on the situation in each country.

Main selection criteria

  • The Orange foundation/subsidiary proposes a long-term training program in partnership with local government institutions and/or NGOs (for at least 6 months to 1 year). This program is only open to unemployed women without qualifications in vulnerable economic situations
  • The Orange foundation/subsidiary’s NGO partner has at least 5 years of experience in the area of women’s rights, education and health
  • The NGO partner has staff able to lead the training modules
  • The NGO partner is able to propose a suitable environment for the training (a space with electricity, toilets and safety features such as the possibility to lock the doors, windows…)
  • Where “urban centers” are concerned, ideally the training room is in proximity to Orange group sites so that Orange employee volunteers can help
  • In the first year of operation, the Orange foundation/subsidiary and the NGO partner guarantee the training free of charge for participating women
  • From the 2nd year of operation forward, the Orange foundation/subsidiary and NGO partner propose a plan to sustain the Women’s Digital Centers in the years to come

 

Support of the Orange Foundation

African countries
Orange foundations/subsidiaries can request a financial grant to:

  • Complete the equipment in existing Women’s Digital Centers, so that all Women’s Digital Centers in a country have the same number of laptops and tablets based on the number of participants and the content of the training courses in that country.
  • Support the creation of adapted educational content, according to the needs of the women.
  • Organize one “train the trainers” session per year for all of the Women’s Digital Center teachers in the country.

Orange foundations/subsidiaries can request to set-up new Women’s Digital Centers if needed. The digital kit for each WDC consists of:

  • For WDC’s in rural areas: 5 laptops, 15 tablets, 1 video projector, 2 Raspberry Pi, 3 power strips, 20 earphones, USB sticks to allow women to record their daily work (1 per woman)
  • For WDC’s in urban areas: 10 laptops, 20 tablets, 1 video projector, 2 Raspberry Pi, 1 printer, 5 power strips, 30 earphones, USB stick to allow women to record their daily work (1 per woman).

The Orange foundations/subsidiaries can also request support for the renovation of the training space for new Women’s Digital Centers (maximum budget: 3000 euros/WDC).

European countries and India
Orange foundations/subsidiaries can request a financial grant to:

  • Equip the training space of the new Women’s Digital Centers or strengthen the equipment of the existing WDCs to respond to the needs based on the number women and the content of the training courses
    Examples of digital tools eligible for funding: laptops, tablets, projectors, Raspberry Pi, printers, 3D printers
  • Support the creation of adapted educational content, according to the needs of the women.
  • Organize one “train the trainers” session per year for all of the Women’s Digital Center teachers in the country.

Submit your application online between January 11th, 2018 and February 15th, 2018. Enter the information by completing the online questionnaire and include all the documents requested.

The selection committee will be organized at the end of February 2018.