RuralWeb was initiated in 2011 during A Call 2 Action – a call on Dutch young professionals to innovate international development cooperation. RuralWeb was born from the realisation that access to the internet was improving rapidly all over the world. However, making use of the potential of that access is lagging. We believe that improving your ICT skills will help you to achieve more in life. It could improve your chances for getting a job, or improve your business revenue. RuralWeb wants to help the millions of people who want to improve themselves and their own lives. Development aid will never reach everybody. It is not accessible to everyone. ICT is or will be accessible to almost everyone. Development aid often tries to realise change by importing new ideas which need to be adopted – external motivation. ICT gives access to new ideas for anyone with the intrinsic motivation to change. The potential for ICT to contribute to ending poverty is vast and that is why ICT4D is a sector by it’s own right.
RuralWeb’s home bases consist of a website and several facebook groups and pages which facilitate the online community. The entire web is our playground however, and we promote using regular social media and connecting to existing groups. This blog is an example of our distributed online presence. We find each other by using certain hashtags, the most important of which is #Rweb (short for Rural Web and pronounced as Our Web). See the bottom of this page to learn more about join by tagging.
Join our learning
Find and Join us online everywhere using our hashtags: #Rweb
- #TellmeMonday – tell us what you’re working on or trying to achieve.
- #TechTuesday – teach us tech
- #RwebWednesday – post about development cooperation and community building.
- #FeedbackFriday – give feedback to others or tell us how you’re dealing with feedback you got. Tell us what you’ve learnt
Using our hashtags on your posts shows that you’re part of our community. It makes you easy to find and will expose your content to many. Use it on relevant content, not on everything. That way it works as a filter.
Rural Web’s accounts
Cheryl Van Kempen is the community’s initiator and manager. We promote using your personal accounts and using hashtags to connect. That is why below is a mix of Cheryl’s personal accounts and Rural Web accounts.
- fb.me/rweb.info || Rural Web FR