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 Monday, 08 February 2010

The ICT Village is an attempt at developing an integrated model on ICTs for sustainable development and poverty eradication involving a host of international organizations such as the FAO, IFA, ITU, UNDP, UNESCO, UNDESA, and the World Bank. The model considers the use of ICTs in producing clean energy and safe water.
The first ICT Village in Madagascar was in Sambaina. After two high-level missions in November 2005 and June 2006 were carried out, a digital classroom that will serve more than 600 students of the community was inaugurated. In order to accelerate the digital alphabetization of the community and create new jobs, a new community area has been made accessible to all and a refurbished health presidium has been equipped for pregnant women and newborn children.

Partners on this project include the UN Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development (UNPPA) and representatives from all stakeholders: universities (University of Oklahoma, Politecnico di Milano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), companies (Microsoft, Siemens, Telespazio, Pianeta, Water B2B, etc.), civil society (above all the community of Sambaina, which has been fully involved in the whole process), and the Government of Madagascar.

The next steps for the center are to gain connectivity by acquiring the broadband satellite signal that can be received and distributed bi-directionally, a Wi-Fi system for the whole territory, and teleconference equipment. As well, there are plans for a train-the-trainer program, to offer broadband services, and to act as an incubator and hub for economic activities.

Further Information:
ICT Village Project in Madagascar
ICT Village Model

Source: ICT Village