NGOs Imparting Knowledge Economy in Rural Areas

NGOs Imparting Knowledge Economy in Rural Areas

This project investigates how third sector organisations utilise and advance digitalisation locally and regionally.

With over 100,000 registered NGOs in Finland, the third sector has vast significance and potential in advancing the readiness of citizens to operate in a digital society. The role NGOs play in cultivating a sense of community and steering citizen activity is apparent nation-wide. NGOs are also valuable service providers, likely even more so in rural areas with less commercial interests at large.

Our research project will gather essential information on how digitalisation is enhanced in rural Finland by the third sector, and what the implications are to the digital competence of individuals in Finnish society.

How we do this

In researching the digitalisation role of NGOs, we will work closely with regional and local organisations, such as existing regional forums for third sector organisations. Response from the third sector is analysed to spot the skill areas most in need of further training and support.

Results will be cultivated into new practices of support for rural NGOs in the fields of digitalisation and the knowledge economy.

The project runs from April 2021 to June 2022 and is a collaborative venture between TIEKE, the University of Turku Brahea Center, and regional NGO Kainuun Nuotta in northeastern Finland.

Funding is provided by the Rural Development unit of Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.