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Rodrigo Baggio Barreto

Rodrigo Baggio is the President and Founder of Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). Previously, Rodrigo founded Informática para Todos, Brazil’s first campaign for donated computers in 1995 and opened the first Information Technology and Citizens Rights School (ITCRS) in Dona Marta, a slum in Rio de Janeiro. In the same year, Rodrigo established CDI, the first non-profit organization to fight the digital divide in Latin America. Rodrigo is recognized as one the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and Time magazine named Rodrigo as one of the leaders of Latin America that will make a difference in the third millennium, selecting him for their Local Heroes campaign. Rodrigo was selected by CNN, Time and Fortune as one of the principal voices in economic development and received a certificate of recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative.

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The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI)
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Model
Hybrid Social Enterprise
Sectors
Education and Skills; Civic Participation
Headquarters
Brazil
Areas of Impact
Latin America, Middle East & North Africa, Europe, Spain, United Kingdom, Jordan

The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI)

The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) works in low-income communities and with institutions assisting individuals with special needs, including the physically and mentally disabled, the visually impaired, homeless children, prisoners and indigenous populations. In partnership with community-based associations, CDI community centres provide free computer equipment and software, and implements educational strategies for continuous training of local instructors.

Through periodic visits, CDI coordinators monitor their performance and identify key challenges and opportunities. School coordinators work together with CDI representatives to find creative ways of addressing problems, and formulating and sharing solutions. Each school is an autonomous unit, self-managed and self-sustaining through symbolic contributions collected from its students. This fund covers maintenance costs and payment of instructors in an authentic social enterprise. The CDI network has expanded nationally and internationally, with over 821 community centres in 13 countries.