The dot-ORG program was part of the USAID-funded DOT-COM Alliance and focused on "Public Access and Applications." It was an ICT4D/E program led by AED.

Website/portal: (website closed; access old DOT-COM pages via )


  • "works with USAID and USAID partners to help bridge [the digital divide], especially for women and the disadvantaged."
  • "is working to expand access [to information in three ways:
    • by helping to create financially sustainable public access points to ICT,
    • by expanding the coverage of Internet access, and
    • by helping to create a large number of trained users."
  • "works to accelerate specific applications of ICT that improve equity within societies, support economic growth, and advance the efficiency and transparency of government services."
  • works with the Last Mile Initiative

It is not known if this program's activities in Africa involved any localisation. [need more info]



  • "Africa Bureau Access Support" (support for "Africa Bureau's Economic Growth, Environment and Agriculture (EGEA) Division," 2002-07) Africa-wide & Tanzania
  • "Africa Region - WiderNet Iowa" ("creating digital libraries and training African academics how to share their research and collections online," 2003-05) Africa-wide, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania
  • "PEOPLink CatGen" (e-commerce & digital literacy, 2003-05)


  • Gambia - "Africa Region - WiderNet Iowa" (see above, Africa-wide)
  • Ghana - "Africa Region - WiderNet Iowa" (see above, Africa-wide)
  • Kenya - "Kenya - eLegislation" (2007)
  • Mali - "CLICs- Establishing Community Learning & Information Centers in Underserved Malian Communities" (established 13 CLIC telecentres across Mali, that offer various ICT serrvices, 2003-05)
  • Mozambique - Last Mile Initiative (2006-07)
  • Nigeria - "Africa Region - WiderNet Iowa" (see above, Africa-wide)
  • Rwanda - "ICTs for Elections and Community Access" ("upport to the National Electoral Commission on upgrading its voter registration database and the creation of three community internet centers," 2002-05)
  • South Africa - "Strategies for Sustaining and Expanding Computer Clubhouses in South Africa" ("develop and test different sustainability strategies and business plans for local computer clubhouses serving disadvantaged youth," 2002-06)
  • Tanzania - "Africa Region - WiderNet Iowa" (see above, Africa-wide)
  • Uganda - "Village Phone Uganda (VPU) Project" ("pilot village phone project," 2003-04)


dot-ORG is led by AED. The following organisations are listed as partners at :

  • Agland Investment Services Inc.
  • American Association of Progressive Communications (APC)
  • American International Health Alliance (AIHA) (Information and Communication Technology Dept.)
  • ARD Inc.
  • Asia Foundation (TAF) (Information & Communication Technology Programs)
  • Avaya (AV)
  • Bellanet/IDRC
  • Bowie State University
  • CNET
  • Colorado State University (Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences)
  • Community Learning and Information Network (CLIN)
  • Computer Frontiers Inc. (CFI)
  • Council for Basic Education (CBE)
  • Development Infostructure (DEVIS)
  • Greenstar Foundation
  • Health Management Resources, Inc. (HMR International Inc.)
  • Howard University (Ambulatory Care Center)
  • IBM Corporation (IBM) (International Practice)
  • IESC/Geekcorps
  • Infochange/SAIC
  • Intel Foundation
  • Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) (Information Technology for Human Development)
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • International Development Professionals (IDP)
  • International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Johns Hopkins University (JHU) (Population Information Program)
  • Knowledge Enterprises
  • Lyman Brothers / GlobalSat Teleport
  • Michigan State University (MSU) (MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online)
  • Networked Intelligence for Development (NID)
  • NIIT Limited
  • Omar Dengo Foundation (FOD)
  • ORT International
  • Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)
  • Pact
  • PEOPLink
  • Real World Productions (RWP)
  • REDA International Inc.
  • SatelLife
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. (Sylvan Online Higher Education)
  • University of Illinois (UI) (UI India Team - Internet Strategies for Indian Agriculture)
  • University of Pennsylvania (ILI/ U of PA) (International Literacy Institute)
  • University of Pittsburgh (The GINIE Project) (International Institute for Studies in Education)
  • USASA International Ltd.
  • Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA)
  • Voxiva, Inc.
  • Winrock International
  • World Links
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • WorldSpace Foundation (WSF)

Other links

  • AED > Projects > dot-ORG

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