We use knowledge to stimulate local economic development and job creation. Technology is one of the most powerful catalysts of change at hand today. But technology, in itself, is just a tool. The true challenge is making technology relevant and useful in the context of marginalized populations. For 18 years CDI has empowered disadvantaged groups to use Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) as tools to exercise their full capacities as citizens and tackle the issues that affect their communities. CDI Community Centers are technology and learning centers in impoverished communities. Each CDI Community Center is a partnership with an existing leading grassroots organization. The community based organizations provide the infrastructure and CDI provides free computers and software, implements educational methods, trains instructors and monitors the schools.
CDI Schools are rooted in Latin America´s most vulnerable regions – from the sprawling urban slums of Rio to the refugee camps in Bogota, as well as in indigenous communities, prisons, juvenile delinquency centers, psychiatric institutions and hospitals for the physically disabled.