One Global Economy
One Global Economy was founded in 2005 as the international arm of One Economy. We currently have operations on four continents and are planning for additional expansion into sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. One Global Economy works with partners to provide communities and individuals with the tools they need to maximize the potential of technology to facilitate the economic livelihood of the poor. Our program includes:
Content: One Economy’s portals equip low-income households and individuals with the information and resources necessary for social mobility and immediate improvement of their quality of life. Our web portals deliver highly contextualized information on issues including employment, civic life, health and education. One Economy engages local stakeholders in identifying developmental issues and developing content to address them.
Distribution Channels: One Economy distributes its tools and information through the widest distribution channels available. Those may include technology centers owned by NGOs, municipal and national governments as well as private sector entrepreneurs. This ‘social franchise’ model allows One Economy to scale our programs in communities around the globe and provides platforms for low- income people to access information where they are. Mobile telephony will soon become another platform where people can access this information.
Place-Based Initiatives: In certain cases, and in an effort to demonstrate ‘what is possible’, One Economy develops its own centers, as we have in Durban, South Africa. Such initiatives enable One Economy to work with community stakeholders to develop content that address community development issues in a much deeper fashion and serve as a demonstration project for other communities.