Corporate Social Responsibility

One Global Economy

Global nonprofit that connects underserved people to vital information that can help them improve their lives

One Global Economy provides access to technology, training, and support to people in underserved communities. The organization delivers vital, multi-lingual online content on health, job opportunities, education, and more to people in more than a dozen countries from Mexico to Cameroon. 

Beehive web portals provide information about financial services, education, jobs, health care, and  other topics in more than 12 countries worldwide.

Delivering Knowledge via Human and Technology Networks

Cisco has been a major supporter of One Global Economy since 2005, contributing employee expertise, Cisco products, and cash grants to help the organization develop a variety of innovative, scalable solutions and programs, including:

  • A multilingual Web portal called the Beehive. Each portal is written in the native language, tailored to that region or community, and populated with content that residents have indicated a need for -- topics as diverse as managing diabetes, infant healthcare, farming, and career coaching.
  • The global Community Connectors program trains young people in technology, leadership, marketing, and digital media so they can be help residents of underserved communities become digitally literate. The program also gives young people skills that will help them get jobs and pursue additional education. Community Connectors programs are now operating in Africa, India, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, and Egypt. By the end of 2013, One Global Economy and its local partners will have graduated more than 3000 Community Connectors worldwide. 
  • One Global Economy is one of Cisco’s partners in a Clinton Global Initiative commitment that aims to alleviate poverty in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Kenya, and Nigeria) through locally managed Community Knowledge Centers. Beehives in those countries are some of One Global Economy’s most heavily trafficked, with a half-million users since 2009.

Impact Multiplied

  • Starting 2009, One Economy opened a series of community technology centers in communities around the world.
  • By the end of 2012, nearly 6000 youth will have given more than 200,000 hours of community service, and more than 160,000 people will have been trained by Digital Connectors (a U.S. version of Community Connectors) on using the computer and mobile applications, including One Economy’s online resource, the Beehive.
  • In 2011 alone, One Economy’s online programs and services touched 5 million people in 14 countries on 4 continents.

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The Power of Knowledge

Community Knowledge Centers

Community Knowledge Centers in sub-Saharan Africa give people in rural communities access to valuable information via One Economy's Beehive web portals.


Delvering 21st-Century Education

21st Century Schools Initiative

After Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, families in eight hard-hit school districts were able to purchase affordable home computers thanks to assistance from One Economy.