Digital Pakistan Centre for Social Enterprise

To complement KDRC, Digital Pakistan Centre for Social Enterprise was established in 2016. It is an innovative centre that values and encourages the transfer of knowledge and technology to influence and advance economic development regionally, nationally and internationally. We provide digital technology based enterprise education and aim to inspire, educate and develop enterprising organisations and enable them to positively impact the growth of dynamic organisations. We at the centre believe that digital enterprise is vital in the current the economic climate and is a driver of growth through the setting up of successful new ventures and development of existing organisations.We achieve this through capacity building through direct and indirect training in key areas of the country’s economic and social development.

We are working in the following areas:

Digital Training

These training activities will fall into two broad categories:

  1. Digital Skills
  2. Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills

The thrust is capacity building, especially in effective use of innovative digital solutions specifically contextualised for the societal constraints of Pakistan.  We believe deep learning occurs by going beyond the syntax of technology and relating it to the world around. The cross-disciplinary nature of technology not only encourages collaboration with others, but also imbibes the habit of systems thinking in general.  Technology is ultimately a language of creative expression. The ultimate aim is to equip the target groups in Pakistan with the skills, knowledge and networks that they need to join the mainstream and thrive thereafter. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking.

Social Inclusion via Technology

A central premise is that, in today’s society, the ability to access, adapt, and create knowledge using information and communication technologies is critical to social inclusion. This focus on social inclusion shifts the discussion of the “digital divide” from gaps to be overcome by providing equipment to social development challenges to be addressed through the effective integration of technology into communities, institutions, and societies. What is most important is not so much the physical availability of computers and the Internet but rather people’s ability to make use of those technologies to engage in meaningful social practices.

People need the language, literacy, and computer skills to use the equipment; there need to be plans for maintaining equipment; and there needs to be an understanding of how use of the equipment may help address a social problem. An approach is that of “community informatics,” in which a community makes careful plans for its own community and social development and works together to define and plan the role that technology and media can play to contribute to that.

Woman Empowerment

We conduct IT based training programs for our beneficiary organizations with specific focus on women who want to pursue their careers as entrepreneurs with emphasis on digital technology. The aim of these is to allow women to be self-sustainable and independent, eventually heading towards a gender balanced entrepreneurial ecosystem and better economy of the country.

Computational thinking involves being creative and productive by using the logical and analytical power of technology. Our teaching is based on conceptual understanding of technology. The spirit of technology is independent of the tools we temporally associate with it. The cross-disciplinary nature of technology not only encourages collaboration with others, but also imbibes the habit of systems thinking in general.

Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills

We focus on:

  1. Social enterprise
  2. Self-employment
  3. Gig economy
  4. Entrepreneurship

These components will include but not limited to the following topics:

  1. Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL)
  2. Technology and work
  3. Learning and innovation
  4. Digital entrepreneurship
  5. Digital business environment
  6. Digital skills and e-leadership
  7. Creating a supportive entrepreneurial culture
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