'Gedaref Digital City Organisation' (GDCO) is one of the civil society organisations in the state of Gedaref (Sudan) established in late 2004. The aim of the organisation is the comprehensive development and all round advancement of the individual citizens in the state. Main motto of GDCO is to:
- Use Information Technology for the development of the community
- Enhance capacity building through trainings and workshops
- Provide special treatment for the disabled through ICT
- Bridge the digital divide
- Establish of huge data base in Gedaref state
Elimination of digital gap and capacity building
The organisation allocates special concern towards the elimination of digital gap created through inequality in access to Information Technology. GDCO also tries to eliminate different digital variations created by the revolution of Information Technology. There are several causes for this digital gap, one of which is the inequality between the 'rich and the poor', 'urban (cities) and rural areas (villages)' and between the 'male and the female'. Another example of inequality is between the 'healthy sound person and the handicapped'. For these reasons, the organisation carries out the training of the whole of the state of Gedaref society to raise their abilities. Furthermore, the organisation allocates great concern towards providing distinguished training among the employees and labourers according to request and specialisation.
Project for individuals with special needs
A project in this direction was initiated in March 2007 in the presence of Mayor of Eindhoven. The project aimed at eliminating the digital gap, capacity building and control of poverty among individuals with special needs, and integrating them into society. As an extension of the project, five centres were opened on 3rd November 2007. The major objectives of the project are to:
- Provide free training for the handicapped
- Provide free computers for home use
- Establish Digital Subsistence centres
- Integration of the handicapped into mainstream society
This project aims at benefiting from IT through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for technically finding solutions to the farmer's social, economic, and health problems in pursuance of advancement of development.
The organisation has undertaken this task to technically study the problems of agriculture and to establish a meteorological station to enable the provision of information for the farmers and researchers. GDCO is providing agricultural information in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture. GDCO has also prepared a programme at the Mechanised Agriculture Head Office where full information for the interest of more than 10,000 farmers were entered. In this respect, the Organisation has granted the Mechanised Agriculture Head Office, 15 computers for training and implementation of the said programme. GDCO has partnered with specialised Indian Company to visit Gedaref and conducted a study of the method in using the data through the Geographic Coordinates of the Project. This process will provide an electronic record to the farmer and the problems that he had faced in the area, as well as a record of Production Cost and the establishment of the Database for Agriculture in Gedaref. The organisation has also established an Information Centre at the Farmers' Union with the aim of training and upgrading the farmers' leaderships traits connecting them with other parts of the world and helping them avail of the necessary information for the technical advancement of agriculture. In this regard, GDCO, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance of Gedaref state, is preparing for an International Bourse for the Crops Market.
Digital medical record
GDCO has implemented a graduation project of Engineer Basher Altair Al-Basher (Bachelor of Information Technology and Diploma in Computer Engineering from Britain). The implementation of the Digital Medical Record started in the centres of Al-Maser and AL-Nazir quarters, where the physician gives and records an electronic number to the patient. The number is kept in the patient's medical record and the record contains the case of patient