UK Government’s Digital Access Programme (former Department for International Development-DFID)

The Prosperity Fund cross-HMG 'Digital Access Programme' is a DFID-led partnership with FCO and DCMS. It aims to catalyse more inclusive, affordable, safe and secure digital access for excluded and underserved communities in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia. Increased digital inclusion in the programme countries will form the basis for more thriving digital ecosystems that generate high-skilled jobs, opportunities for local digital entrepreneurship focused on country-specific development challenges, as well as potential partnerships with international and UK business aimed at mutual prosperity. The Digital Access programme will also focus on learning about sustainable models and enablers for digital inclusion. The learnings will be shared with key stakeholders and other partner countries, thereby amplifying the impact of the programme.

Work supported:

Link: https://devtracker.fcdo.gov.uk/projects/GB-1-204963

Will community networks change our approach to connectivity?
Will community networks change our approach to connectivity? 01 December 2022 APC News

Communities from around the world have been demonstrating that they are not only capable of building solutions for the digital divide, they can also do it while seeding important social changes. Welcome to the 53rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your community-based initiatives.

Community networks movement calls for supportive policy and regulation in Brazil
Community networks movement calls for supportive policy and regulation in Brazil 24 November 2022 Débora Prado

Currently around 35.5 million people still don’t have internet access in Brazil. With a bottom-up approach, communities from around the country feel that they are not only capable of building solutions to the digital gap, they can also do it while bridging inequalities.

Community networks can be the missing piece to bridge the digital divide
Community networks can be the missing piece to bridge the digital divide 27 October 2022

The experiences of multiple community networks around the world are flourishing and proving that technologies and digital communications can be mobilised by people to defend their own needs and rights. Welcome to the 52nd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Community connectivity providers can be the missing piece to bridge the digital divide
Community connectivity providers can be the missing piece to bridge the digital divide 06 October 2022 Débora Prado

A new report featuring 11 case studies across 10 countries brings evidence that community-led initiatives are needed to bridge the digital divide, and examines how these network models can be financed sustainably. Discover why in this piece about the report’s launch and the inspiring experiences of two community networks, B4RN (UK) and Zenzeleni (South Africa).

APC Annual Report 2021
APC Annual Report 2021 03 October 2022

Our 2021 Annual Report tells a story made by many stories taking place in the most diverse scenarios but connected through purpose. Here you will find a chronicle of how the APC community lived, worked and thrived through a turbulent but fruitful year.

Local Access: How communities are weaving connectivity to defend the environment and their rights
Local Access: How communities are weaving connectivity to defend the environment and their rights 29 September 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 51st monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.This month, we look at people shaping connectivity and communications technologies in support of other missing fundamental rights and much more.

Financing mechanisms for locally owned internet infrastructure
Financing mechanisms for locally owned internet infrastructure 22 September 2022 Jim Forster, Ben Matranga and Anoop Nagendra

A growing number of community networks and other community connectivity providers are connecting those who have historically been unserved or underserved by traditional internet service providers. This report analyses the operating models and financing mechanisms that can support their success.

Report launch: Financing mechanisms for locally-owned internet infrastructure
Report launch: Financing mechanisms for locally-owned internet infrastructure 06 September 2022 APCNews

On 22 September at 14:00 UTC, join this online dialogue about an upcoming report focused on community connectivity providers – community networks, municipal networks and social enterprises building digital equity across the world. Register now.

Community Networks Schools and Mamaila Community Network win award for participatory design of information and communications technologies
Community Networks Schools and Mamaila Community Network win award for participatory design of information and communications technologies 31 August 2022 APCNews

In its 10th edition, the award is intended to recognise outstanding achievement in the area of participatory design of information and communications technologies.

Local Access: Women cultivating community networks
Local Access: Women cultivating community networks 28 July 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 49th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives. In this edition, find out more about women's engagement in community networks in Africa and much more.

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