The crusade for digital inclusion, an undertaking still well underway here in the United States and throughout the developed world, is also alive well in rural regions of Africa.
As discussed in a recent report from Jim Lynch at Techsoup, the NGO MyDigitalBridge just recently started its work in the mostly rural nation of Namibia. The organization’s mission, Citizen Connect, is to establish reliable internet and telecommunication networks to schools, clinics, and homes in remote regions.
Perhaps most encouraging is the attitude of Namibia’s national government, which maintains an official position that the digital inclusion of the nation’s people is a key part in the fight against other issues facing the country, like poverty and HIV/AIDS.
It’s an ambitious undertaking, but they’re off to a good start. Check out Techsoup’s post if you want to learn more about it.