About Us

The Bellanet Alliance is an international network of organizations working to foster global and regional collaboration through a more effective use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and Knowledge Sharing practices. Operating as an independent and self-sustained alliance of social entrepreneurs in four well established regions of the world, Bellanet is proud to champion a strong south-south and south-north partnership based on trust, shared values and quality of work. The Bellanet Alliance members are Sula Batsu in Costa Rica, SAP International in Nepal, Aitec in Uganda and Groupsia in Canada.

Bellanet’s work is focused in the following program areas:

Organizational and network strengthening: we work to help organizations understand their strengths and create vibrant collaborations.

Technical Assistance: we specialize in hosting dialogues, web platforms, as well as social media research and solutions that help to strengthen partnerships amongst international groups, organizations and networks.

Open Development: we believe that openness fosters stronger collaborations and transparency amongst organizations. We help to foster open standards and open source projects that provide additional tools for international organizations.

ICT Research and Policy Advice: we provide research into new emerging ICT and communications media that can increase transparency and strengthen the impact of development programming

Mission Statement
Vision Statement
Principles of the Alliance
Funders
Contact

MISSION STATEMENT
Bellanet has evolved into the Bellanet Alliance of social entrepreneurs - an international network of people and organizations harnessing regional and global expertise on Information and Communications Technology tools and Knowledge Sharing practices. Our goal is to broaden collaboration, increase participation and transparency of action and diffuse lessons learned.

VISION STATEMENT
Bellanet Alliance of Social Entrepreneurs (BASE) is a model for people and organizations that want to form self-sustainable alliances.

PRINCIPLES OF THE ALLIANCE

Sustainability

Bellanet is not a network for network sake sustained financially, but rather a business alliance that seeks to strengthen each of its individual partner organizations and associates through shared business opportunities and shared financial resources and documentation. Bellanet is more consistent with successful learning networks that work together because of interest and desire to learn from each other rather than financial resources. It also moves away from the current model of donor dependency which drains valuable organizational resources in proposal writing and reporting, and working in areas of interest to donors that can be inconsistent with the interests of Bellanet partners.

Flexibility

Bellanet allows flexibility for each partner to innovate and carry out the mission of the local organization while at the same time building upon the existing relationships and trust that has been fostered over the last 5 years. This model simplifies the process of engagement. Rather than focusing efforts on creating joint program lines of the alliance, it focuses on creating joint projects when opportunities exist. The model creates less dependency on 'Bellanet' as a vehicle for donor support of individual partners. In this model the alliance can be agile and use resources when there are mutual benefits. In this model there are opportunities for bilateral projects, global projects, or local projects.

Shared Resources

The alliance works together to share resources surrounding promotion, administration and meeting. By working together it creates more attention towards local projects and programs of individual Bellanet partners. In this model partners are required to share: this strengthens the learning of the whole alliance. All Bellanet partners work in the area of ICT or KS or both, and so the sharing of resources, handbooks, multimedia, knowledge on trends, services, processes, and methodologies as well as face to face discussions create a real reason to work together.

Global Social Entrepreneurship

Bellanet is in a unique position. It already has well established partners that are known and trusted. Many of the partner organizations are flexible and have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. These partners are also comfortable working together despite the great distance between them, and all have both the social and technical skills to work effectively together in the emerging business environment.

FUNDERS
International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Swiss Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are funding the current phase of Bellanet Alliance.

IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. Click here to know more of IDRC.

SDC is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. Click here to know more of SDC.

CONTACT

For questions and comments, please e-mail us at
contact (AT) bellanet.org - (replace ' AT ' with @)
or contact any of our regional contacts below

Africa Contact
Aitec Unganda
Plot 22 Bukoto Street, Kampala
P.O. Box 26970 Kampala
Tel: +256 414 531893/9 or +256 414 533054
Fax: +256 414 533057
Bellanet Regional Contact: Abubaker Basajjabaka
Email: abasajjabaka (AT) bellanet.org - (replace ' AT ' with @)

Asia Contact
SAP-International
P.O. Box:23025
Sanepa, Sanchal 2 Lalitpur,Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5522234,5528612
Fax: 977-1-5553126
Bellanet Regional Contact: Bibhusan Bista
Email: bbista (AT) bellanet.org - (replace ' AT ' with @)

LAC Contact
Sulá Batsú Sabanilla, Urbanización Buenos Aires 5ª etapa, del AM PM de La Paulina
100 metros norte y 150 metros este.
Montes de Oca, San José Costa Rica
222-2110
Tel: +506 2253-1326
Fax: +506 2253-1339
Bellanet Regional Contact: Margarita Salas
Email: msalas (AT) bellanet.org - (replace ' AT ' with @)

North America Contact
Groupsia International
19 Carnochan Chelsea Quebec J9B 2L6, Canada
Tel: +1 (819) 459 8847
Bellanet Regional Director: Michael Roberts
Email - mroberts (AT) bellanet.org - (replace ' AT ' with @)