Our Geekcorps subsidiary has built an enviable reputation as a nimble and creative resource in the design and implemen- tation of innovative technology programs in remote corners of the world. Our programs range from sophisticated information communications technology installations to makeshift FM antennas cobbled out of soft drink bottles.
Our Geekcorps volunteers and consultants not only address the needs of the ICT sector itself, but they also build ICT capacity across a spectrum of general business sectors, both public and private.
In Mali, Geekcorps built or refurbished 17 radio stations on the edges of the Saharan desert. These stations contribute directly to U.S. counter-terrorism objectives by ensuring that local communities have an independent source of information beyond local tribal leaders and nearby terrorist cells, and they convey information about the democratic process.
They also contribute to social development with programming that can impact health, sanitation, and education.
The stations collectively act as a neutral meeting place and community center, providing internet access and other services, such as registering and printing identification cards. Having an identification card facilitates civic participation in the democratic process.