DIGITIZING SOCIAL CHANGE
.. one Bit at a time..
Tech Tribes equips youth with the skills and technical know-how needed to compete in the future digital economy. It also helps cause-driven groups and nonprofits better respond to community issues, improve local governance, and launch responsive and scalable digital social innovations.
Through the utilisation of interactive technology, Tech Tribes supports young social innovators address today’s rising global challenges and develops low-cost, innovative, replicable and interactive Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) solutions.
The projects supported and brought together by Tech Tribes are not only about technology; they are about creating an enabling environment for youth, cause-driven groups and nonprofits to address common challenges to ‘Innovation for Social Change’ in more participatory, inclusive, and effective ways.
AREAS OF IMPACT
Together we identify gaps and develop capacities. In talent and skills we invest to realize social impact.
In a world where technology redefines communication and more increasingly influences how decisions are made, it is now vital that citizens realize the power and impact skills of the digital era have in shaping their lives. Knowledge and skills in utilizing online technologies empower youth to speak the language of the century; and introduce them as new, competent and powerful key players in shaping policies, and defining development priorities.
Digital Literacy & Inclusion
The divide in skills between what the market demands vis-a-vis what the educational systems in place supply poses a threat to social and economic development. Youth of the MENA region, especially in less resourceful, rural and marginalized communities, are yet to realize this reality. Unfortunately, access to digital literacy programs and learning opportunities is only possible to those who have access.
Current efforts geared towards solving community, humanitarian and service delivery issues lack innovation and design thinking; and suffer from weak utilisation of interactive technology. This results in programs and interventions adopting traditional approaches that yield poor impact. Innovation in development cannot be fully attained without a new set of skills; critical thinking and problem solving top the long list.
ICTs for Development
Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) come to offer low-cost, innovative, replicable and interactive solutions to social, economic and political issues. Unfortunately, such a field is new to the Arab World and has not seen much development in recent years. More efforts should be initiated to engage social workers, ICT enthusiasts and stakeholders alike in the development and mainstreaming of innovative ICT4D solutions.
MORE ABOUT US
Tech Tribes offers assistance in the form of trainings, mentorship programs and consulting services to social activists and innovators, development professionals, cause-driven groups and nonprofits. The approach places particular emphasis on reaching out to young women & men in less resourceful, rural and marginalized communities.
WHAT WE BELIEVE IN
Some of our guiding principles to ensure that no one is left behind.
In the absence of alternative, more participatory, credible and transparent channels of communication, Tech Tribes looks at ways through which technology and digital media can help foster enhanced participation in governance and decision making.
Our work aims to contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for active youth, cause-driven groups and nonprofits to meaningfully engage as active citizens in dialogue that shapes decisions rather than passive recipients of policies and services.
We intend to act as an open-source of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) tools to help those fighting for social justice utilize today’s booming technologies.