Dnet Global (www.dnetglobal.org), a new global social impact venture, has been launched in June 16, 2015 in Bangladesh (PDT time (USA) June 15, 2015) in San Francisco at Mozila Foundation, the global hub of tech innovations.
The venture and its launching is special in many counts. First of all, the venture has been created with rich background of innovations by Dnet, a social enterprise, at the intersection of technology and impact from Bangladesh, the fertile bed of innovations, where institutions like BRAC and Grameen are known globally for its high impact innovations spread across the globe. Secondly, while other ventures try to support scaling impact from the northern perspective, this venture is a perfect blend of ground level experience and global expertise. One can say, design thinking approach has been applied in establishment of the venture.
Mr. Mark Surman, Managing Director of Mozilla Foundation, delivered the keynote speech on this occasion, whereas Ms. Kirsten Gagnaire, Executive Director of MAMA welcomed the audience in the event.
Representatives from eBay, Google, SalesForce, Ashoka Foundations, Vodafone Foundation, Facebook Inc., UN Foundation, Johnson and Johnson, Baby Center, USAID were present on the occasion.
The new venture Dnet Global will promote proven innovations to scale up globally. Moreover, it will promote the culture of innovation through creation of innovations space in low resource settings.
At the initial stage, Dnet Global will support scaling the Infolady model from Bangladesh, most globally-tributed initiative, which was successfully tested since 2007 and prototyped (www.infolady.com.bd) in Bangladesh. Ashoka Globalizer is promoting the initiative for its global scale-up, led by Dr. Ananya Raihan, an Ashoka Fellow and CEO of Dnet.
Ms. Sahana Farid, the volunteer CEO of Dnet Global, unveiled the roadmap of Dnet Global in the launching event (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pAJYGf61Do&feature=youtu.be ).
Dnet in Bangladesh has been working since 2001 to leverage social and technological innovations to empower marginalized populations, help alleviate poverty, minimize digital divide and improve access to information and knowledge.
One of the flagship initiative of Dnet is Aponjon (www.aponjon.com.bd) , is now the largest mHealth service in the world, incepted in 2010 with catalytic financial support from USAID and Johnson and Johnson. Aponjon set an example on how to overcome the syndrome of ‘pilotitis’ in the mHealth space globally. Dnet, with its creative business model of making Aponjon financially sustainable, mobilized financial resources from corporate houses in Bangladesh, which includes GrameenPhone and Beximco Pharma. Aponjon is a member of MAMA Global (www.mamamobilealliance.org) .
Dnet in Bangladesh works as a regional system integrator and large-scale solution designer as a partner of Missing Child Alert Initiative hosted by Plan International and SAEIVAC, which aims to contribute in reducing child and girl trafficking using power of technology.
Dnet Global has initiated dialogues with number of US-based foundations for supporting its global scaling and new innovations programs. Dnet Global will also work with start-up and venture financing institutions in US for collaboration with innovations champions in the South.