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Appropriate IT

A social enterprise harnessing the power of technology to advance social justice, equitable access, and inclusive international development

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry IT Services
  • Location Washington, DC, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2011
  • Employees 6
  • Website

Company Summary

We do this through two lines of activity: (1) Our Innovation Lab is the research & development home for the NGO/NPO sectors, with applied research & incubator services to explore emerging technologies, pilot innovations and establish collective ventures. Appropriate IT’s Development Academy (AIDA) is a learning program developing today's youth, particularly girls and young women, into highly-skilled, employable and socially-engaged leaders.


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    Usha Venkatachallam
    Founder & President

    15+ years of experience helping nonprofit organizations creatively apply internet technologies to advance their mission. Usha’s expertise is in finding sustainable, culture-specific, and locally-appropriate information and communication technology (ICT) solutions. She also specializes in technology capacity building, having conducted trainings in Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia regions.

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    Business Development Manager - Investments

    Jennifer raises external investment capital for Appropriate IT – cultivating relationships with investors as operations grow. She brings deep experience and networks in the impact investing & gender lens investing fields.