|The unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the vital importance
of digital networks and services to economic resilience and the continuity of essential public services
like education and healthcare. The Smart Village Blueprint was piloted in Niger and has been conceived as a practical tool for establishing
smart villages, contributing to the implementation of the Niger 2.0 Smart Villages project, which aims at
providing broadband infrastructure to improve Internet access in rural and remote areas. ITU's Smart Villages project comprises a locally led, integrated, and holistic approach to providing access
to digital services to all citizens of rural communities, with the integration of digital technologies
serving as a crucial enabler of equitable, qualitative and efficient delivery of SDG-related services for all.
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