Many of us are familiar with social networking websites. Some of us are even addicted to them, spending half of our lives away on online applications. Facebook is at the moment the most famous of all web-based social networks. For those unaware of the phenomenon, a little explaining may come in handy: Basically, a social network allows users to join networks that are organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves. Sounds fun, right?


But imagine if there was a social network that combined the fun of it all and at the same time made a positive difference in the arena of human development. Wouldn’t that be great? You’d be interacting socially, and yet you would also be helping people. Does this sound too good to be true? Well it does, but it is also a reality. Ofok for Human Development, a respectable NGO based in Cairo has just launched its own proprietary “Ofok Human Network.” The application is intended to get people with similar interests to solve local community problems by organizing and coming up with effecting solutions which can then be implemented on the ground. It is also the first of its kind to be in Arabic, answering local needs in a language that can be understood.


According to Ofok human development can only occur if an effective human network is in place. The equation is simple: Human development plus a resourceful human network equals community development. Ofok, like many other professional educational institutes, has long contributed to human development through its high-quality training programs in ICT and business courses. There is nothing particularly new about that. However, their human network is something quite unique. It grants young people the prospects of doing something and to turn their dreams into a reality. For example, many talented young people may want to get together to form a company or a micro-enterprise. This cannot be done alone, and so the Ofok Human Network provides the ideal opportunity for individuals to meet, start something up, and build a legacy together. It can be anything: from a web-design company, to offering translation services, to providing networking solutions. The human network will allow people to exchange information, provide access to training programs and provide employment opportunities. The possibilities are endless.


We’ll have to wait and see how the Ofok Human Network will evolve as time goes by. But the possibility for micro-enterprises, SMBs, employment opportunities, and the sharing of information to take place are all a step in the right direction to strengthen the development process in Egypt, the Middle East and Africa.

Last updated by Ofok Systems Dec 6, 2008.

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