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Digital Inclusion - Project details

The detailed goals of Digital Inclusion (DigI) are available at DigI:Summary

Main findings from the first year

Through our activities in Africa we believe in the following Strategy for Digital Inclusion and Societal Empowerment.

In short:

  • Health challenges as e.g. the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) are strongly linked to neglected people. In addition, People with NTD can’t become productive members of the society, thus will have low added value to the society and suffer from low productivity
  • Bad healthcare system pushes people into poverty. The lack of basic information, being part of the health ecosystem, has significant consequences both for decreased life expectance and increased mortality.
  • Education & Health are linked, typically the younger generation, and female members of the society are the ones suffering most.

Thus our recommendation is to address health information by

  • Building the ecosystem for societal and digital inclusion. Our contribution to this general goal is the focus on information, and especially the free access to information for all.
  • The following components are essential parts of a holistic approach: Solar and other renewable energy, light, the mobile ecosystem for digital access, and free access for information for those not part of the digital society.

Through this holistic approach in building the ecosystem for societal and digital inclusion we empower people for digital health, education, mobile money/micro-credits,

Our goal is a new alliance for "Internet light for all" and Digital Rural development with Mobile operators, Telecom regulators, and Ministries, including "5G for Digital Inclusion".

We expect the path of inclusion:

  • From Basic Infrastructure and Information to Health and Empowerment to Digital inclusion, Telecom business, and Socio-economic development
  • The supporting business model follows the holistic approach, addressing the partnership with Telecom, Mobile Banks, Online-shopping, and other actors.

Having identified the villages for pilot roll-out, we currently address both Internet light for all infrastructure alternatives, health messages, key performance indicators (KPI), as well as the business model for the holistic partnership for Digital Inclusion.

Structure of the work

The Project DigI is structured through 15 workpackages (WPs). The project is organised along 3 lines, being infrastructure (WP-Ix), and the pilots in Tanzania and DRC (WP-Tx, WP-Cx). The infrastructure related WPs address platform, access technology, content distribution, applications and services, and societal/business-related aspects. The specific pilots are structured along a timeline of specification, first phase pilots, evaluations and recommendations, second phase pilots, and finally the transfer towards sustainable business models for access to InfoInternet.

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Focus right now

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Infrastructure related WPs

  • WP-I0 Overall Management
  • WP-I1 Information-Internet infrastructure
    cost-effective infrastructure (satellite or radio-link), BYOD, Tablets
  • WP-I2 InfoInternet - Content and Apps
    local content (Global Health Video), Health & EDU Content
  • WP-I3 Evaluation and Global Perspective
    KPI knowledge base, literacy, "lessons learned"
  • WP-I4 Dissemination and Exploitation
    Extending the reach, addressing IT, Politics, Worldbank

Work in Tanzania

  • WP-T1 Specifications for Tanzania
    Priority of content, selection of villages
  • WP-T2 Pilot Phase A Tanzania
    Extending the network, providing (limited) content
  • WP-T3 Phase A evaluations and Phase B Specifications
    Lessons learned from phase A
  • WP-T4 Pilot Phase B Tanzania
    Extending the reach and the services
  • WP-T5 Tanzania Phase B evaluation and suggestions for sustainable operations
    Transformation into sustainable access

Work in Mali/(Congo)

  • WP-C1 Specifications for Congo (DRC)
    satellite access extension, service selection
    • Task TC1.1 Specifications for the digital ecosystem
    • Task TC1.2 Villages infrastructure in Panu and Kano
  • WP-C2 Pilot Phase A DRC
    Business opportunities in Panu and Kano s
  • WP-C3 Phase A evaluations and Phase B Specifications
    Lessons learned from phase A
  • WP-C4 Pilot Phase B Mali
    Energy and Communication for entrepreneurship in local communities
  • WP-C5 DRC Phase B evaluation and suggestions for sustainable operations
    Transformation into sustainable access
    • Task TC5.1 Phase B evaluation, service update
    • Task TC5.2 Sustainable business model for digital infrastructures

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