GKPF defines and describes its key competences and areas of work around the topics of:
Scaling-up, Dissemination and/or Replication (SDR)
GKP Members have developed many successful projects in their constituencies which merit Scaling-up, Dissemination and/or Replication (SDR). The lack of funding, the cost and know how to prepare proposals and access donors, the need for implementing partners, amongst other obstacles, often hinder such SDR outreach, thus preventing the members to share the knowledge in reducing the digital divide and contributing to development and poverty alleviation.
To address this issue and with an objective to facilitate the multi stakeholder partnerships to the members, GKPFoundation announced the ‘Call for successful projects for the SDR (scale-up, disseminate and replicate), in the month of October 2010. Each project idea was thoroughly reviewed and jointly evaluated by the GKP Executive and the Secretariat, based on which twelve successful project ideas got finally selected in November 2010. The selected project ideas are now ready to receive immediate technical assistance and funding support from interested partners, social investors and donor agencies. GKP plays a vital and prime role in providing the following opportunities to these selected projects:
Corporate Social Responsibility, (CSR)
All stakeholders in the field of ICT4D and K4D need global networking opportunities and real Multi-Stakeholders Partnerships (MSPs) based on win/win situations in order to effectively execute their aims. The GKPF proactively creates and implement win/win situations that respond to the specific needs of the membership organizations. GKPF is living in the real world as GKPF understands that the global development needs can only be realistically achieved through real world solutions. GKPF understands the needs, working mechanisms and language of the different sectors. Product development, marketing and corporate social responsibility are different aspects of one unified corporate growth and development strategy. Social development goals can only be achieved when they are based on real economic parameters. Social development that is not based on real economic principles is not sustainable. GKPF needs to create and market opportunities through pooling visions, capacities, talents, resources and solutions: Social needs of a government become private sector marketing opportunity through the capacities of national and international NGO’s. An NGO’s vision becomes social development through private sector solutions. Private sector solutions become profitable, because the cooperation with a NGO made them a key tool to achieve social development goals. The private sector is reaching market segments, such as rural areas in developing countries which had been out of reach before.
GKPF as an instrument and tool for Knowledge Transfer, helping to answer the questions: “How to?” and “For What?”
Here we are at the old key competence, mission and vision of GKPF. It’s as relevant as ever. The GKPF promotes effective ways to leverage knowledge exchange through tools and behaviours.
Online Resource Mobilization
The GKPF is in the process of actively engaging its membership to help promote their projects and to raise funds for these projects.
The GKPF provides a space to give important topics a voice.
ICT4SI , ICT’s for Social Inclusion
Mobile phone based technologies are becoming more and more significance, not only in well developed countries where they have become a indispensible tool in the daily life of people but if not even more significant and powerful in developing countries where they have become an important tool for development and social inclusion. The users in developing countries have to rely on their resourcefulness and ingenuity to make mobile technology work for them. This is despite many development projects that are based on mobile technology there exist no clear connection and links of exchange between those providing mobile technologies and those who use this technology for development and social inclusion. There is a clear need and self interest of all involved to create such a link, as mobile technology providers want to even deeper penetrate the markets and increase the use of mobile technologies by establishing them as development and social inclusion tools whilst at the same time being seen as executing responsibly the corporate social responsibility obligations.
It is the role of GKPF as a Knowledge Exchange organization to become the link between mobile technology providers and their ICT4SI users. One of the ways to execute this task is the organization of a global conference that brings these two groups and the relevant policy and regulatory bodies together.
In addition to GKPF executing its mission and vision, taking on the additional key area of ICT4SI opens up to GKPF a whole new group of funding and sustainability opportunities.