Digital for Inclusion

Details of the organization
Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications
  • The organization has a strategy for coordinating WSIS Implementation at the national level: Yes
  • The organization has a national e-strategy: Yes

Information about the project
Digital for Inclusion
The Digital for Inclusion programme consists of three sub-components designed to leverage on the power of ICTs to achieve local and national developmental goals. The overriding objective is to create “Smart Rural Communities”. The first component is the provision of infrastructure for community wide Wi-Fi and (hotspots), at places including the Chief palaces, local government establishments, public schools and libraries for subsidized internet access. The second component delivers a payment and cash transfer platform which is interoperable on all mobile networks towards improving financial inclusion. The third component provides cloud services to host content that has been developed to meet local developmental objectives. The content covers a wide range of activities including information on agriculture, local news, education and entertainment which are accessible to rural dwellers. The programme has created access to affordable internet to over 200,000 rural people located in project communities in line with SDG 9(c), provided 200 direct jobs through the digital payment platforms to eradicate poverty (60% of agents reserved for women and the disabled) as indicated by SDGs (1,8,5), and encouraging inclusive governance, sustainable communities, bridging education gap and gender equality through the provision of local content hosted in the local cloud services. To encourage project ownership and sustainability, the community was involved at every stage of the process from conceptualization, implementation and evaluation. The project is a Public-Private Partnership and currently on a pilot run. It is expected to be replicated in additional 50 rural communities by end of 2018.
Local implementation: Ghana, Asumura, Berekum, Goaso and Asankragwa
Ongoing from 13/06/2017 to 31/12/2020
Bluetown Co Limited Zeepay Developers United Nations Capital Development Fund National Board for Small Scale Industries

WSIS information
* Information and communication infrastructure
  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Programme