Envaya

Developing and deploying software that empowers and connects civil society organizations around the world

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TZ Tanzania, United Republic of
Web http://envaya.org/
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In development

About the project Edit

Envaya provides a free, easy-to-use, lightweight, mobile-optimized and fully-translated software platform for grassroots civil society organisations who want to create and update their own websites.

On envaya.org, organizations with little computer experience can easily create websites to publish their latest news, photos and documents, share their successes and challenges, and collaborate with other organizations and people around the world. Envaya's toolbox includes an online reporting system that allows CSOs to submit structured reports and success stories to participating grantmakers and publish them online.

Envaya's pilot project was launched in May 2010 in Tanzania. Reviews from users from a wide range of communities and organizations are very positive.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Many civil society organizations in Tanzania and around the world have a very limited online presence. This prevents them from sharing ideas and resources with other CSOs, governments and communities.

This projects provides cheap, easy-to-use and accessible tools to CSOs who want to use information and communication technologies to develop new partnerships, raise awareness and leverage funds.

Envaya welcomes help from developers around the world. Software is open-source and available on Github at http://github.com/youngj/envaya.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This project empowers CSOs and the causes they champion by giving them the means to communicate their objectives and needs with other organizations and communities.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

With more than 700 organizations using its service, Envaya is now expanding to other East African countries outside Tanzania. The project is supported by Google, Twaweza, The Digital Opportunity Trust, The Peace Corps and the Trust for Conservation Innovation.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Envaya is a 501(c)(3) non-profit project that is fiscally sponsored and legally organized in the United States under the Trust for Conservation Innovation. It is led by a small team of people, developers, designers, media people and civil servants from the United States, Tanzania and Canada.


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