Our Environment, Our World: Rural Internet Kiosk Project
Intersat Africa Ltd (IAL) is one of the largest Internet via satellite providers in Sub Saharan Africa with clients in more than 28 African countries. From this breadth of experience, IAL determined to build a rural internet solution that could be implemented in any village. However, ownership of the individual kiosks and management of the system was outside of the core business of IAL. IAL is responsible for the manufacturing the RIK. Cooperative Communications Holdings was created in an effort to provide financing services to cooperative members to run the Rural Internet Kiosks as small business. The initial start up cost is financed through Coop Com which is owned by shareholders from the cooperative movement and SACCOs. Coop Com is responsible for the technical support services and for providing access to credit to entrepreneurs. Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development (VOA4SD), a Kenyan non-governmental organization manages all of the training, program design, and monitoring and evaluation to ensure the sustainability and long term impact of the Rural Internet Kiosks in the field .
The Rural Internet Kiosk (RIK) is an independent, self-contained, 100% solar powered kiosk featuring three industrial design computer terminals, an administrator terminal, and broadband wireless Internet connectivity. RIK has been designed to help bridge the digital divide in Africa by operating independent from any established infrastructure. The kiosks are designed for deployment in any location in rural Africa, from the farming village to the desert. By using solar panels and satellite internet access through the Get2Net VSAT service solution, we are able to reach those people waiting on the other side of the digital divide.

The RIK will provide programs and projects for health, environment, sustainable agriculture, and social business. These program areas have been carefully selected from the survey responses of the previous baseline surveys. At the time of each implementation of a RIK, a baseline survey using Nokia E72 mobile phones will be conducted to ascertain the current development challenges in the area. The mobile phones will gather local content such as photos and videos pertaining to environmental conservation, health, and income generation. The local area resources such as rivers, forests, and conservation areas will also be mapped by community-based organizations with images and geographic information system data.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development
Country:
Kenya
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Operational Phase:
Phase 4
Grant Amount:
US$ 40,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 59,500.00
Project Number:
KEN/SGP/OP4/YR3/RAF/10/03
Start Date:
12/2010
End Date:
11/2012
Status:
Project Terminated Before Completion
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
By promoting access to communication and technology, these groups can learn about effectively engaging in environmentally sustainable development, create their own websites, write about their communities, ask for help, build businesses, and seek continuing education include University education.
Capacity - Building Component
One of the project objectives is to increase local technical capacity in computer skills, Internet skills, and communication skills.
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