20/20 Trust welcomes new digital inclusion organisation

Map showing digital inclusion initiatives throughout New Zealand20/20 Trust today welcomed the announcement today of a new organisation – Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) – which has been established to help reduce barriers that prevent people from participating in their communities using digital technologies.

“We support the establishment of DIAA, which complements our work and provides a channel for expanding the reach of successful digital inclusion initiatives. We have agreed to transfer our Stepping UP, Spark Jump, and DORA programmes to the new organisation” said Laurence Millar, Executive Director of 20/20 Trust.  “We are simplifying our 20/20 operations with a focus on the core programmes of Family Connect, Refugee Connect and Northland Connect, to ensure we are able to respond to the government’s expectations.”

The Government has agreed to establish a contestable fund of $1.0 million for providers to undertake programmes to train digital skills in homes.  The fund is a first step in the Coalition Government’s plans in the critical area of digital inclusion.

“We see the opportunity to move to a new operational model that places an increased emphasis on the needs of individual learners and families, to build digital skills in the home” said Mr Millar. “We create each digital inclusion programme from standard options for device, internet connection, training and technical support, using technology to design a personalised programme for each family.”

The new model, which has been piloted in Auckland through the Family Connect programme, will be rolled out across all 20/20 programmes in the coming months.