Sierra eRiders is a Sierra Leone based non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides technology support, and helps others initiate technology support programs within the development communities of Sierra Leone. We believe that information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer new opportunities that can help development organizations do what they do better and more efficiently. Our objective is of a community of non-governmental organizations within Sierra Leone that have access to the technology and know-how, necessary to better accomplish their goals. This project is an initiative of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
Sierra eRiders utilize the eRiding model of non-profit technology consulting to help Civil Society Organizations (and organizational networks) access the opportunities offered by ICTs.
An eRider is a multi-disciplined technology consultant working on-the-ground with a community or sector of non-profit organisations. eRiders provide custom services that help these organisations effectively integrate ICTs into their strategy, and empower them to better achieve their missions. These consultants usually operate on a repeated “circuit” within their working region (1 day to 1 week visits with each client), so follow-up and evaluation is built into this dynamic model.
Internationally, this eRiding model has been adopted as an ideal way to provide affordable, on-the-ground technology support to non-profit organisations. With representation in over 20 countries, the eRiding network has become one of the largest global resources of technology consulting for non-profits (visit the Global eRiders web portal). And Sierra eRiders is now pioneering this concept in Sierra Leone.