Infopoverty is a common platform aiming at fighting poverty through the innovative use of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), able to provide broadband services such as telemedicine, e-learning, e-government to disadvantaged communities.
The Programme is born in the ambit of the United Nations and coordinated by OCCAM, the Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication created by UNESCO in 1997. The Infopoverty Programme involves many international institutions that have taken part, in various forms, in the Infopoverty World Conference.
The Infopoverty Programme transfers into concrete actions the orientations emerged from the annual conferences, such as the realization of the ICT Villages in areas where needed the most.
The first pilot projects were realized at San Ramon and San Pedro, Honduras, in cooperation with the local Ministry of Science and Technologies, following the devastation from Hurricane Mitch. These experiences were instrumental for the definition, thanks to the collaboration with the most important international institutions, of the ICT Village model, validated by the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, 2005, with the creation of the Borj Touil Village. Subsequently, the model was developed in Sambaina, Madagascar, which was proclaimed Millennium Village Project by the United Nations, and in Leshoto, in Peru and Ethiopia.
Infopoverty did achieve outstanding results in helping communities around the world, much has been done, but much still needs to be done, either with the help and collaboration of other international organizations, public institutions and private initiatives.