The Better Connections Program is a joint initiative between The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and The Ministry of Transport and Communications providing free access to computers, online services and training for workers at their accommodation.
The program enable workers to gain an understanding of the benefits of online technology, teaches them basic ICT skills and introduces them to social media platforms that help them keep in touch with family and friends in their home countries.
Currently project is in full roll-out phase aiming to establish 1500 ICT facilities and create digital inclusion opportunities to 1.5 mln workers across Qatar. Through the hard work of our teams, and the generous efforts of our partners and volunteers, this expansion is set to ensure no one gets left behind in Qatar’s digital transformation
The Ministry sources hardware donated from other government entities and organizations in Qatar. This hardware undergoes a refurbishment process under the supervision of Sheikh Thani Ibn Abdullah for Humanitarian Services (RAF) using licenses donated by Microsoft in Qatar.
Employers of the migrant labor force are invited to join the initiative. The employer provides the room at the camp, the furniture, the electrical power and basic ancillary services such as cleaning and maintenance. Ooredoo provides broadband connectivity to the room. Volunteers are then trained to work with employers and those refurbishing the computers to ensure that the rooms are functional. The refurbished hardware is then delivered to the sites and training is delivered through a network of volunteers by our partners at Reach Out To Asia (ROTA).
These volunteers then identify workers who already have basic ICT skills and train them to become Digital Inclusion Champions, passing on their knowledge to their colleagues, ensuring that the learning process becomes sustainable.