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reconstruction. The approach is fast, cheap, transferable and comprehensive when compared to many other post-disaster reconstruction methods. Efficient monitoring and evaluation systems have been adopted including financial auditing and reporting. The initiative has been recognized as an exemplary practice by national mass media such as Kompas daily, Tempo weekly, TV and radio stations, as well as international mass media in Germany, Canada, and Japan. The Partnerships in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas (POETA) program was created to address the needs and create opportunities to people with disabilities in the America. Through a combination of Information and Communication technologies (ICT) and Adaptive Technologies, POETA provides persons with disabilities with the necessary skills and the opportunity to apply for and hold a job, earn a living and become more independent. POETA is a global joint initiative between the Organization of American states (OAS), and its affiliate, Trust for the Americas; to fight poverty, increase social inclusion and improve competitiveness by providing technology and vocational training to persons with disabilities and other marginalized persons. More than 50 million people with disabilities in Latin America suffer from discrimination and exclusion condition universally linked to poverty through lack of access to rehabilitation, education, training and employment. Women and the indigenous are affected more severely. Of the 50 million populations, 80% are unemployed and a corresponding 80% to 90% live in poverty. Disability either physical or mental is consequently the single most important indicator in determining the socio-economic status of an individual in Latin America. The program’s main objective is to train marginalized communities in the use of ICT and job readiness skills, especially persons with disabilities. The Trust identifies and selects local organizations with experience working with disadvantaged communities and in the field of social development, trains them on how to run a technology centre, providing them with financial and technical support, the centers are open to the community. The program also seeks to foster strategic alliances with public and private organizations to enhance and expand the program throughout the hemisphere, thus benefiting an even greater number of people with and without disabilities. In the first year of the initiative the two Guatemala centers trained more than 500
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people, 20 percent of whom obtained jobs. More than 25 local businesses got involved as partners in the program. As a result of that success, Microsoft agreed to expand POETA, It provided cash and software to create an additional 12 centers across in 7 additional countries in Latin America. Today with more than 200 public and private sector partners leveraging knowledge, goodwill, cash and infrastructure in 47 centers across 17 countries in Latin America and Caribbean, POETA serves as a best practice in public-private sector cooperation. In 2008 POETA will open an additional 14 centers,
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