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BasicInternet:AfricaUniversity-BasicInternet May2020

Title BasicInternet:AfricaUniversity-BasicInternet_May2020
Date, Time 2020/05/26, 1400-1500h
Contact Person Sanjay Maharaj
Participants Josef.Noll, Brenda Jimris-Rekve, Munashe Furusa, Pius I T Muzariri, Sanjay Maharaj
related to Project BasicInternet
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Notes from the meeting

The first meeting was set-up to establish the base for communication, to be followed by specific meetings on creating common proposals.

Follow up topics

The topics to be followed-up are:

  • National Knowledge Portal and Digitisation for Zimbabwe
  • Collaboration amongst Universities (vice chancellors)
  • Role of partners: Universities, private companies, government, ....
  • Project funding

Digitisation of Zimbabwe through the National Knowledge Portal

Figure 1: The three dimensions of the National Knowledge Portal for digital empowerment

A National Knowledge Portal combines three aspects (see Figure 1), all being central for the digitisation of Zimbabwe, including the government, entrepreneurs, and every single inhabitant:

  1. Knowledge distribution for education, health, governmental information, as well as digital public goods. As an example, the portal may hold courses to acquire digital skills, and handle certificates for the educational sector.
  2. Data governance and innovation of national data is the core for value creation within the country. “Data is the new oil”, this statement of Telenor’s CEO Sigve Brekke demonstrates the value of data, and the need for building the economy around these national data.
  3. Inclusive access to the National Knowledge Portal is an easy way ahead for regulations. License conditions for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Mobile Operators could include the “free access to the National Knowledge Portal” as a prerequisite for a license.

see more at National Knowledge Portal

We invite for discussion on the Strategy for National Knowledge Portal - please add your comments

Figure 2: National Portal in Ghana opened
Figure 3: Free access to information on health and education in Ethiopia

Example from other states in Africa: Ghana has opened a national portal, and Ethiopia provides free access to education and health:

  • Ghana has now (June2020) opened the National Portal, focussing on financial and governmental services
  • Ethiopia has changed the regulations with free access to the National Digital Library (, as well as to the Ministry of Health, and additional COVID-19 pages.

Collaboration for Digitisation

How does the Basic Internet Foundation work

Our focus is on knowledge transfer and collaboration

  • We require a local partner who should in this case could be Africa University together with private companies (for the roll out) like Zimre(?spelling)

In addition to the discussion on connectivity, we also offer University collaboration - looking for academic collaboration opportunities with University of Oslo (UiO), the Department of Technology Systems.We see that we will only make the change when bringing together all stakeholders:

  • Governments to see the need for digitisation
  • Operators to provide the backbone deliver on CSR for digital inclusion, see Media:202002_5G_IoT_Sustainability_Noll.pdf
  • Academics for higher education and research on "digital inclusion" and "empowerment"
  • Private business for innovation in the digital society
  • an empowered Society for adaptation of digital solutions

Project funding

The Basic Internet Foundation requires funding, typically based on common projects. One of the ideas is to work on the development of a Village platform (for technologists)