- 1 Public Reports by UiO and Basic Internet Foundation
- 1.1 Policies and Solutions for Implementing Digital Inclusion on a Global Scale
- 1.2 Impact of School Connectivity on Societal Empowerment
- 1.3 Final Report School Connectivity TZ (May2021)
- 1.4 Sustainable Business Models for Connectivity and DPGs
- 1.5 Yeboo Village Portal development
- 1.6 Call for Action: University Collaboration for Digital Inclusion
Public Reports by UiO and Basic Internet Foundation
Policies and Solutions for Implementing Digital Inclusion on a Global Scale
The purpose of this document is to suggest strategies for implementing digital inclusion in developing economies. Demanding affordable Internet access is not only part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it was further stressed by the United Nations, Governments, the Internet Society, NGOs and local communities.
Impact of School Connectivity on Societal Empowerment
The purpose of this document is to describe the impact of school connectivity on societal empowerment in Tanzania. The pilot of connecting 10 schools aims at establishing sustainable business models for the operational expenditures (OPEX), and involves all actors in the value chain. Together with the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF), Mobile Operators, UNICEF and the Internet Society, we see school connectivity as a first step for establishing access to information in local communities and thus contribute to digital inclusion. Demanding affordable Internet access is not only part of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), it was further stressed by the United Nations, Governments, the Internet Society, NGOs and local communities.
Final Report School Connectivity TZ (May2021)
See the video presenting the results: https://vimeo.com/560893878
Catherine R. Kimambo from African Child established the School Connectivity pilot project (“SchoolConnect”), connected 10 government secondary schools in urban and rural Tanzania as a collaborative project involving
- Public actors including as UCSAF, MCIT, Tamisemi, and CosTech,
- Telecom operators TTCL, Vodacom and Halotel
- NGOs and SMEs including Shuledirect, African Child, and Basic Internet Foundation.
The main focus of the School Connectivity project was to demonstrate the feasibility for an OPEX of less than 20 USD/month for the connectivity. The solution for connectivity provides the Internet through the mobile network, with a reliable school server providing students with a digital education platform, as well as connection to “Internet Lite”. The success of this program, together with the experiences from school connectivity through other programs, will create the proof of concept that connectivity of schools is affordable, and at the same time demonstrate the importance of the Internet in advancing the education system in Tanzania and urge the incorporation of digital education as part of the learning curriculum to improve the quality of education in secondary schools across Tanzania.
Sustainable Business Models for Connectivity and DPGs
Members from 6 countries have established the report Sustainable Business Models for a Meaningful Connectivity to Digital Public Goods in Dec2020. The authors are Josef Noll (University of Oslo (UiO), Norway), Danica Radovanović (Basic Internet Foundation, Serbia), Jabhera Matogoro (Tanzania Community Networks Alliance), Rashid Ally (Bayama Orphanage and Community Services (BOACSE), Tanzania), Joseph Bishi (Chairman, Community Networks, Zimbabwe), Addisalem Genta (Aambo University, Ethiopia), Catherine Kimambo (African Child, Tanzania), Sarbani Banerjee Belur (IIT Bombay, India), Barrack Otieno (AHERI, Kenya)
Yeboo Village Portal development
Yeboo Village Portal/Platform Development - working with communities worldwide to establish a decentralised community network portal
Call for Action: University Collaboration for Digital Inclusion
Establishing a worldwide University collaboration for digital inclusion, where managing trusted information and free access to this information are the core components of the collaboration. - established, see https://basicinternet.org/partners/university-collaboration-for-digital-inclusion/