One Destination Center

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One Destination Center (ODC) is a non-governmental organization aiming at closing the gap of digital divide while averting Indonesia's dependence on international bandwidth. ODC exists because its founders deem it is necessary to institutionalize the work of empowerment they did for more than 12 years, having understood the growing scale of work that makes it impossible for the founders to work individually. Hence ODC is legitimized as a foundation on December 22, 2007, with information and communication technology (ICT) activists Onno W. Purbo dan Nurlina N. Purbo as founders.

Now through ODC, they have better leverage in furthering their vision to transform Indonesian traditional society into that of knowledge-based combined with information technology. ODC's mission is to build the people's ICT capacity, through such programs as:

  • ICT for women, a program to empower women through ICT so they will have greater participation in decision making and be able to find better economic, employment and educational opportunity to improve their living standard;
  • ICT for teenagers, a program to provide students with access to ICT, as most enrolled in schools without ICT access have not been able to learn ICT and therefore will face difficulty in competing in the labor market;
  • ICT for cooperatives, a progam to enhance microfinancing activity through ICT.

In carrying out these programs, ODC aims to utilize, whenever possible, any working low-cost people-based initiatives such as neighborhood connectivity, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), open source software, and homebrew antennas. ODC has 9 staff and 4 divisions, with on-call volunteers willing to help for the training. ODC works with any organization also having similar dream envisioned by ODC founders. Some partners previously involved with the founders include a number of international organizations, one of which is the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian Crown corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.