The Infopoverty Programme was started by the first Infopoverty World Conference, organized by OCCAM  in 2001 with the European Parliament, UNESCO Mediterranean Programme, UNIC and other scientific and university institutions. Infopoverty is focused on fighting poverty through innovations and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in particular.

 In particular, it has given rise to the Infopoverty Programme, which promotes and realizes actions on the ground using the ICTs as tools of development, creating the ICT Villages and the Digital Service Global Platform, able to provide basic assistance in the fields of telemedicine, e-learning and food security.

The activities of the Infopoverty Programme have been followed by the Infopoverty Institute at the Oklahoma University since 2005, which collaborates actively with OCCAM.


   

The first pilot projects were realized in 2000 in San Ramon and San Pedro, Honduras, in cooperation with the local Ministry of Science and Technologies. Those experiences were instrumental for the definition, thanks to the collaboration with the most important international institutions, of the ICT Village model, which was implemented in Borj Touil (Tunisia) on the occasion of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis 2005 and subsequently in Sambaina (Madagascar), which was proclaimed Millennium Village by the United Nations.To provide innovative e-services for development to ICT Villages and projects developed by other institutions acting in the field of ICT4D, OCCAM has created, on the mandate of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development, the Infopoverty Community of Expertise “e-services for development, which gathers the most important service providers, centers of excellence, universities, R&D institutions and is managing the Infopoverty Satellite platform of e-services, able to provide to any disadvantaged community in the world high speed, low cost connectivity.Following the Infopoverty World Conference 2010, the Infopoverty Programme partners are now launching the UN e-MDG Consortium, in cooperation with the United Nations, its specializing agencies and programs, for e-services delivery, managed by the user countries and able to activate and distribute e- services for development to achieve the MDGsThe Infopoverty Programme is implemented in collaboration with local  and it will constitute a common action plan so that the aims illustrated in the WSIS Plan of Action can become real.