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Main Focus of Our Projects
The pre-requisite for development is the access to information on the Internet. We have developed an infrastructure for free access to information, and have deployed village information spots in Germany, Norway, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
In connecting schools with free access to information, we build information spots inside the schools. Our vision is that every school provides free access to Digital Public Goods as educational packages.
We envision a world where every women has free access to information for running her business in the digital world. Though women are often drivers for the income of their families, they are double punished by the digital divide. First, “boys with toys” own a smartphone. And, even in some areas where there is 3G, about 30% of male have a mobile broadband subscription, but only 2% of women.
Thus, we need a new regulatory framework with free access to entrepreneurial information tailored towards women.
The main objective of providing non-discriminating access is supported through deployments and validation in Tanzania and Mali, focussing on the following sub-objectives: Bridging the digital divide by providing the InfoInternet infrastructure and digital access.
Provision of customised content for education and health purposes, thus creating the basis for jobs, as well as financial and social inclusion
A cost-effective, open and scalable Wifi extension of the mobile network for the low-income group, enabling (mobile) operators to provide digital services, Education, health and entrepreneurship for women and youth empowerment as representatives of the vulnerable society groups.
We would like to thank our collaboration partners in Tanzania. Through the combined effort of the government (Ministry of Health, Universal Communication Service Access Funds (UCSAF), National Institute for Medical Research), Academia (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Muhumbili University), Mobile Operators (especially Tigo and Vodacom), and the communities we achieved our goals of bringing “free access to information for everyone”.