We take technology for development seriously at CyuDa Limited.  

At CyuDa we

 

1  …BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (ICTS) TO CHANGE LIVES.

ICTs can change lives in simple yet profoundly positive ways. This is especially true in underserved communities where geographic, economic and social isolation contribute to pervasive and persistent poverty. While some see ICTs as low priority or even inappropriate in settings where basics like roads and clean water are not yet widely available, at CyuDa we see ICTs as essential infrastructure to assist service delivery and the alleviation of chronic problems. ICTs can improve living conditions, enhance efficiencies and help NGOs realize their goals across all sectors, including efforts to improve roads, reconciliations and access to clean water.

 

2  …SEEK TO DELIVER ICT SOLUTIONS EVEN WHERE COMMONLY OFF-THE-SHELF PRODUCTS ARE NOT APPROPRIATE.

Typical computing and connectivity tools – that we use everyday – are usually not sustainable in low-resource settings, where lack of stable grid power, harsh environmental conditions, unskilled users and limited connectivity all conspire against them. The fact is, most tools are designed around market demand, not for social impact. CyuDa is committed to identifying, implementing and supporting smart ICT solutions that work in challenging settings to drive long term sustainability and often far lower costs.

 

3  …KNOW THAT ICTS ARE MEANS TO AN END, NOT ENDS IN THEMSELVES.

ICTs’ impact depends on an enabling environment that includes complex cultural, social, political and economic factors. To achieve the greatest positive impact, ICT solutions should be adapted for specific needs and environments, not the other way around. And all users, in all parts of the world, deserve access to reliable, energy efficient technologies, as opposed to used, obsolete and all-too-often dysfunctional equipment.

 

4  …SERVE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE WILLING TO  WORK IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.

Although our ultimate goal is to improve the lives of individuals living in underserved communities, CyuDa believes that the best way to do so is by working collaboratively with the organizations – NGOs, multilaterals, governmental or private sector institutions – that deliver vital education, relief, financial and other services to these communities. Each of these organizations has distinct objectives and needs; likewise, when it comes to appropriate ICTs, we reject a one-size-fits all approach.

 

5  …UNDERSTAND THAT HUMAN SKILLS AND INSTITUTIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN TECHNOLOGY ITSELF.

Even the most appropriate and sustainable technology requires an ecosystem of human skills if it is to last. CyuDa works with in-country professionals to build their capacity to develop and manage ICT projects, thereby nurturing the local ICT ecosystem and economy to ensure sustainability of current and future projects.