Sustainable Beekeeping Tanzania and Human Development and Basic Internet Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 20th of August 2020.
The Sustainable Beekeeping and Human Development (SuBeHuDe); is a national non- governmental, non-profit-making and non-partisan organisation established in 2014 by a group of young sustainable human development activists.
The inception of the organisation in 2015, was based on the promotion of the achievement of advanced human development for the utmost number of people in present and future generations in Tanzania. The SuBeHuDe is focused on training on commercial beekeeping and technology, practical permaculture, eco-entrepreneurship, environmental and biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, promotes access to quality education, healthcare, clean drinking water, community capacity building and personal development to empower communities with the tools to break the cycle of poverty.
Basic Internet Foundation promotes free access to information for all, and has established community-driven informations spots to provide free access. The Foundation’s distributed architecture opens for a quick deployment of a cost-effective Internet distribution worldwide, allowing for a reception of a 3Gl4G network even in areas with no connectivity. The costs of the infrastructure itself is as cheap as a mobile phone, about 300 USD. For a CAPEX of about USD 1100 we enable lnternet access for everyone in the society. While lnternet links are expensive, its information spot solution has OPEX of typically USD 15-20 per month. Given the cooperative model for digital inclusion, they expect that an information spot can have OPEX costs of less than USD 10. Their business model for freemium access to internet is sustainable, though needs a collaboration of stakeholders.
The goal of the collaboration is to promote digital inclusion through access to digital equipment, Information Spots, connecting communities, schools, health centres, and women centres in the different regions in Tanzania. Through the pilot operations, we will establish the proof of concept for digital inclusion, youth and women entrepreneurship, bridging the gender digital gap, toll free and trainings on prevention of all forms of violence particularly towards women, children/girlchild and youth in the regions with higher prevalence of early girl-child and forced marriages and innovation acceleration in selected regions in Tanzania. The proof of concept is the basis for project proposals extending into other places, and to invite shareholders in the digital inclusion.
Our call for action entails invitation of shareholders to the digital inclusion agenda and project, entrepreneurial experts, funding mechanisms via donor institutions, partners from both the public and private sectors and other non-governmental organisations.
Two examples addressing the role of broadband, regulations and municipal networks. And they leave the question:
What can we do to give everyone free access to information?