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

Meaningful connectivity: Pledges to enable bottom-up and rights-based solutions
Meaningful connectivity: Pledges to enable bottom-up and rights-based solutions 06 June 2022 APCNews

Within the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition, APC was invited to be part of the “Empowering Communities” focus area lead. In that role, we have been highlighting the importance of commitment to policy, regulation and financial mechanisms to enable bottom-up and rights-based initiatives.

Local Access: What does it take for communities to make change happen?
Local Access: What does it take for communities to make change happen? 28 April 2022 APCNews

What does it take for communities to make change happen? In this newsletter, discover the elements that make it possible for community networks to emerge and enable rural development in Zimbabwe. Welcome to the 46th monthly round-up of developments impacting your community-based initiatives.

Local Access: Can community networks bring hope in times of crisis?
Local Access: Can community networks bring hope in times of crisis? 31 March 2022 APCNews

In a life-changing global pandemic, community-rooted initiatives became their own powerhouse of resistance against the risks and inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19. Welcome to the 45th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.

Digital inclusion: A call for pledges to empower communities and enable local solutions
Digital inclusion: A call for pledges to empower communities and enable local solutions 25 March 2022 APCNews

APC's executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, highlighted the importance of community networks in building innovative and community-centred models to overcome access inequalities and foster meaningful connectivity during the launch of the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition Pledging Portal.

Online launch: Technological autonomy as a constellation of experiences – a guide on training programmes for community promoters
Online launch: Technological autonomy as a constellation of experiences – a guide on training programmes for community promoters 16 March 2022 APCNews

On 30 and 31 March, join us for a conversation on participatory training initiatives based on diverse experiences from communities around the world. Find out more and register to participate.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 44
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 44 24 February 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 44th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives. Meet the first ever community network national school in South Africa, Indonesia, Nigeria, Kenya and Brazil.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 43
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 43 27 January 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 43rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.

CITAD launches first Nigerian School of Community Networks
CITAD launches first Nigerian School of Community Networks 07 December 2021 CITAD

CITAD has just launched the first Nigerian School of Community Networks, where members of rural communities will learn how to create and manage community networks as a means of bridging the connectivity gaps in the areas where they live.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 42
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 42 25 November 2021 APCNews

Welcome to the 42nd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.

Kenya adopts community networks licensing framework
Kenya adopts community networks licensing framework 23 November 2021 Mwendwa Kivuva for KICTANet

The Communications Authority of Kenya adopted a Licensing and Shared Spectrum Framework for Community Networks after holding a public consultation in the country and promoting a process that allowed the development of the framework in partnership with multiple stakeholders.

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