ABOUT THE INFORMATION SOCIETY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

Who are we?


The Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) is a non-governmental organization which helps use global trends in communication technologies for local development. FRSI was established in 2008 by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.

FRSI helps inhabitants of small communities use the potential offered by information and communication technologies (ICT). As a result they have access to practical knowledge. They learn to solve concrete problems of their communities and pursue their aspirations. They look for new ideas creatively and act jointly in applying the ideas in practice.

FRSI’S KEY VALUES ARE

QUALITY

We operate on a comprehensive and long-term basis. We introduce sustainable changes in local communities. We investigate accurately the impact of the activities we undertake and reflect on the ways of performing these activities.

PARTNERSHIP

We cooperate with non-governmental sector, business and public administration. We care about synergies. We respect individuality of participants of our activities. We share our experience and knowledge

INNOVATION

We constantly seek new manners of action based on an analysis of needs, challenges and national and global trends.

HOW WE ARE PUTTING OUR MISSION IN PRACTICE?

We carry out activities aimed at strengthening local institutions and organizations – in particular libraries and NGOs. We support their potential so that they operate in a modern way and stimulate creativity and community engagement of local residents.
A particular role in implementation of our mission is played by libraries, especially the participants of the Library Development Program in Poland – an undertaking of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation managed by the Information Society Development Foundation aimed at transforming more than 3,800 public libraries in rural areas and small towns into modern, multi-function information, cultural and education centers stimulating civic involvement. Between 2009-2015 the Program was implemented in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • 3,800 modernized libraries reaching millions of inhabitants
  • 40,000 youth inspired to choose ICT-related career paths
  • 34,000 people reached under the Get Online Week campaign
  • 1,700 participants of the Sector 3.0 annual event

FRSI and the Library Development Program were winners of the European Commission’s competition – e-Inclusion Awards 2012, within the “Be part of IT” category for the best practices in activities aimed at disseminating the use of ICT and digital education.

FRSI IS A PART OF THE FOLLOWING NETWORKS:

Global Libraries
Telecentre-Europe
M@turity in the Net
Grupa Zagranica

FRSI HAS BEEN COLLABORATING WITH:

Intel, Microsoft Corporation, Orange Poland, Google, UPC, Samsung
The National Bank of Poland, The National Library of Poland, The Polish Librarians’ Association, The Book Institute

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