Responsibility in the Connected World
Information and communications technologies have revolutionized lives and enabled the connected world. While many of us are reaping the benefits, there are sections of our society that are yet to see the benefits of these developments. We firmly believe that "education" is the only means of filling this gap, and that mobile technologies in particular can yield significant positive social impacts.
"Going beyond business to make a meaningful difference to the communities in which we operate, through the education of underprivileged children and youth" is the guiding philosophy of the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of the Aricent Group. Our CSR program ceaselessly works towards empowering individuals through education and training, with an emphasis on information and communication technology.
Mobile networks have demonstrated their ability to drive massive economic and social change in communities around the globe. But their potential impact cannot be fully realized until social innovation initiatives incorporate the technologies and networks that are necessary to reach communities on a large scale.
Through Mobile Mandate, we partner with UNICEF, other NGOs, and social entrepreneurs to explore new models for engaging individuals and communities in making meaningful improvements in areas such as health, education, energy, and economic well-being.
We do this by combining a deep understanding of social networks and mobile communication technologies (a critical leverage point in transforming these relationships) with an open, collaborative design process (to unlock new ideas and put them into action rapidly and iteratively). Our programs are not limited to emerging markets, yet these invariably present the biggest opportunities for achieving positive impact on a large scale.Learn more
In collaboration with local NGOs, the Aricent Group supports government and private schools catering to the deprived and disadvantaged sections of the society. For example, we have built two infotech laboratories at the Carterpuri Government School in Haryana (India) and donated other critical resources to make these labs functional. Every year, about 500 students receive basic and advanced training in computers in these labs. The Aricent Group also regularly contributes towards infrastructure development at the school.
Another example of our community initiatives is our financial support towards Dipalo School of Information and Communication Technology in Soweto, South Africa. The funds goes towards equipment for a training course in network installation. Dipalo providing free training on information and communications technologies for school children, unemployed graduates and post-graduates.