Annual Report 2004


This has been a fantastic year for the STMicroelectronics Foundation. It has made a major leap forward in all its programs, many of which were formerly just at an embryonic stage.

Digital Unify

This is the program of highest priority for the Foundation. In 2004, most of our financial resources have been dedicated to this program. Important advances have been made for this program in 2004 which can be summarized as follows:

Morocco Resumption at a very strong pace of deployment in Morocco with an increase of number of labs from 2 to 6 over the regions of Rabat, Meknes, and Ifrane. Total trainees at year end was 2,241, with a combined total for 2003 and 2004 of 2603 trainees.

Italy Continuation of cascading in Agrate (Milano); launch of a new lab in Arzano (Naples); resumption of ICB cascading in Catania.

Malta Continuation at a strong pace of cascading in Malta with important recognitions made by the local government who has asked the local volunteer DU team to train its Police Force and Military body.

India Launch of DU in India and preparation for full deployment in India. Set up of external labs has been delayed due to the need to set up a Liaison Office prior to starting operations in the country.

Meantime, employees of families have been trained throughout the year at the ST site in Noida, and the local management, volunteer ST DU team members and trainers in Noida have been establishing contacts and local partnerships so that as soon as the liaison office is set up, deployment can start.

Staff of local partners have also been trained at the Noida site to become trainers through the Digital Unify “Train the trainer” program.

Nepal A lab was set up in an orphanage in Nepal, via the AMTM (Associtation Medical Toit du Monde). Volunteer trainers in Noida have trained staff from the orphanage and cascading at the orphanage is due to start in 2005.

Malaysia The DU has been successfully launched in Malaysia with a first lab in Muar.

Tunisia Preparation for the launch of DU in Tunisia.

At year end, the program counted over 4000 trainees and over 250 trainers.

Total new trainers for 2004 181
Total trainees for 2004 3,116
Total trainers from beginning of program 284
Total trainees from beginning of program 4,115


DU Trainers and Trainees results

2003 2004 Change Total
Italy Trainers
16% 83
India Trainers
17 26
Malaysia Trainers
Malta Trainers
19% 130
Morocco Trainers
519% 113
Total Trainers
233% 284


Related to the DU program, the following activities have been accomplished in 2004:

  • definition of Overall Organisation for DU Deployment
  • constitution of Local Volunteer DU team members
  • establishment of a DU team per site of deployment
  • appointment of a DU team representative for each team
  • definition of roles and responsibilities of the local DU team members

Establishment of the role of STU as custodian and reviser of course didactics content, of trainer formation process (“train the trainer” program), and data tracking of volunteer ST Trainers.

The Foundation sponsors, coordinates and oversees DU deployment. The Foundation sponsors and oversees all TTT sessions and oversees course didactics revision by volunteer STU staff.

DU KIT Creation of a complete DU KIT for usage by local DU teams. The KIT covers standards for certificates, course manual introductions, pre and post evaluation forms, course didactics guidelines, trainer prerequisites, organizational roles of STU, the Foundation and local DU teams, identification of the names of all DU team representatives at all sites and all Key Trainers worldwide.

Data Tracking Tool ST staff has started to coordinate the development by the volunteer DU team in Noida a Data Tracking Tool on every ICB course delivered worldwide. Data from a given lab upon completion of an ICB course will be sent to nearest DU team and entered into the software by a DU team member.

E-learning A plan of action has been mapped out to bring the TTT program to e-learning. This would allow us to reduce significantly TTT Trainers’ traveling costs and reach remote locations where STMicroelectronics is not present.

Course Didactics Revision and Update All sites of DU deployment organized meetings in Q4 with trainers to synthesize comments and suggestions for improvements to be made to the course didactics. These reports have been elaborated by the Foundation and volunteer STU staff who will be in charge of revising/updating the ICB course by Q2 2005.

Presentations and Conferences Presentation by Elena Pistorio of the DU program at the Infopoverty Conference in Milano in April 2004



Participation in UN ICT Task Force

Participation to the two UN ICT TF meetings in New York in March and in Berlin in November 2004.

Speech delivered at the plenary meeting in Berlin by Carlo Ottaviani on the role of stakeholders for sustainable and effective use of ICT technology for development.

Written contribution on the same subject was submitted to the TF, which will be published by the latter along with other TF members contributions.

Development Projects

“Children of Gujarat” Gift Matching Campaign The Gift Matching campaign, launched in Q3 at all sites in Italy and subsequently extended to the Geneva site, has the objective of finding 100 new sponsors amongst ST staff to adhere to the Sponsorship Scheme of CIAI (whereby for 310 Euros per year a sponsor provides schooling and health care to a child and allows his or her mother to attend vocational training classes and benefit from micro credit schemes to improve family income) for 100 children in 6 villages of Gujarat.

The campaign has been led via poster and video displays, as well as through general announcements via email to ST staff and at Foundation communication meetings in ST sites in Italy and in Geneva. Video and posters were made by volunteers and postproduction work was kindly granted so that the entire campaign was at zero cost to the Foundation.

The Foundation has chosen to devolve the matching for 100 sponsorships for the set up wells and pipelines in order to supply the 6 villages (9,000 inhabitants) with clean and drinkable water. Foundation has therefore donated 31,000 Euros to CIAI who will coordinate this project over 2004 and 2005.

ICT4D Donations

Donations made to deserving NGOs that employ the use of ICTs to achieve socio-economic, educational, and health-related development:

  • 25 PCs to AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation), based in Nairobi, Kenya for a hospital in Nairobi
  • 10 PCs to Ecole de Kellé in Senegal
  • Donation of 7 new PCs and printer to AGDP (Association of Parents of victims and of persons affected by Down Sindrome) , Milano, Italy
  • 10,353 Euros to AMTM (Association Medicale Toit du Monde), an NGO based in Paris, France, for the set-up of a PC lab at the Orphanage “Children of Sagarmatha” in Nepal, founded and run by AMTM
  • 12,000 Euros to WITAR, Associazione Istituto Tecnico Alessandro Rossi nel Mondo, an NGO based in Italy, which is setting up a technical lycée in Burundi
  • 20,000 USD to UNVolunteers which places university student volunteers in ICT4D projects in developing countries worldwide.

Charitable Donations

  • 10,000 USD to Mission Betlemme Immense to contribute to the improvement of the “barefoot children” school in Ndola, Zambia – (the school was created by the missionaries for children who were not admitted to local schools because they could not afford a uniform and shoes – the school provides education to 140 children)
  • 10,000 USD to OMCT (Organisation Mondiale contre la Torture), based in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 40,000 USD to International Red Cross for the Tsunami relief effort