Google.org grants $4.4 million to help spread internet connections in emerging markets
March 01, 2013
Google.org and the Internet Society recently made two separate announcements about grants that will help citizens in emerging markets gain internet access. Google.org is granting $3.1 million to the Network Startup Resources Center (NSRC) and $1.3 million to the Internet Society, which is working to expand the reach of its Internet exchange point (IXP) activities.
"The Internet Society has proved to be one of the most effective institutions in the Internet community," said Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google. "I am confident that they will apply their grant wisely to extend their work to increase Internet access for everyone, including those in emerging markets."
Through the Internet Society's efforts, communities that currently do not have access to the web will be able to develop better internet infrastructures and exchange traffic more cost-effectively by establishing local traffic paths.
These grants are part of a larger work on Google's behalf. The internet giant has already created programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as Google Apps Supporting Programs for Education, among other efforts. There are still 5 billion people around the world who do not have internet access, a number Google is looking to reduce to ensure global citizens can benefit from the opportunities it presents.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.