Telecentre networks remain the core of the entire telecentre ecosystem and TCF recognizes that telecentres cannot survive while isolated and can only be socially and financially sustainable through strong collaborations, partnerships, and networking. Regional Networks provides opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and support, facilitates access to technical support, and expands telecentres’ social supply chain functions. While TCF also collaborates with national networks, much of the work to strengthen network presence has been done through partnership with the six regional telecentre networks listed here.
Telecentre Europe is a European non-for-profit organisation (NGO) and a member based association with a
We coordinate a number of projects, programmes and campaigns that empower people through ICT by finding new paths to employment, community life, relevant information and staying in touch with friends and family. All our members and partners believe that Information and Communication technology has an enormous potential to combat social exclusion and poverty.
The Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN) is a collaborative initiative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and Telecentre Foundation with the APTN Secretariat presently hosted at Thaitelecentre.org in Bangkok, Thailand. APTN is dedicated to promoting innovation and knowledge sharing among telecentres in the Asia-Pacific region where telecentres are growing exponentially each year.
Telecentre.org Middle East North Africa (MENA) network is a virtual network that was formed as a result of partnership with Telecentre.org back in 2008. The working relations with Telecentre.org was earlier than that in 2006. The network is being managed from Cairo, Egypt at the headquarters of the Egypt ICT Trust Fund, which is a leading entity supported by United Nations Development Programme of Egypt and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. The network has more than 1,800 members, who are individual telecentre leaders from around the Arab speaking MENA region.
The Eurasia Telecentre Network (ETN) was established in 2009. Currently ETN has 18 partner organizations and more than 3000 telecentres throughout the Eurasian region that serve as harbors for ETN for the realization of different activities. ETN unites 12 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan with more or less strong ties between each member countries.
The initiative NetAfrica was conceptualized and launched in February 2011 as an All-Africa Network of Networks. NetAfrica seeks to position itself as an African civil society organization working in the field of community information and communication technology access in Africa. NetAfrica, being a non-formal structure, is currently hosted in Burkina Faso by RECYCOM.
The Latin America and the Caribbean Telecentre Network (Red de Redes Telecentros LAC) was created on the basis of networks of national or local telecentre promoters and/or collaborators, for the purpose of enhancing each network’s effectiveness, by facilitating knowledge exchange, communication and networking. Its secretariat is based in Colnodo, a member organization of the network located in Bogota, Colombia.