4.2 Digital divides in a global society (Expert content)

Taking Control, Making a Difference Sessions 4.2 Digital divides in a global society (Expert content)

Case Study

Who: Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), a trusted multistakeholder organization focused on ICT policy and regulation in Kenya, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), a global network empowering communities through digital technologies.

What: The Angaza (Mathare) Community Network project, part of KICTANet’s Digital Justice Programme, aims to provide reliable and affordable internet services to residents of Mathare Valley, Kenya, addressing the digital divide and promoting digital inclusion.

Where: Mathare Valley, Kenya, covering three densely populated wards with approximately 350,000 residents living in challenging economic conditions.

When: The project commenced on September 1st, 2023, with ongoing efforts to improve connectivity, digital literacy, and community empowerment.

Why: The majority of Mathare residents face economic disadvantages, prioritizing basic needs over internet access. Through the Angaza project, KICTANet seeks to bridge the digital divide by providing internet access, capacity building, and digital literacy training, empowering marginalized communities.

How: By establishing a community network with points of presence (POPs) and WiFi antennas, providing reliable connectivity, and offering capacity building and digital literacy training, KICTANet aims to improve network reliability, enhance user experience, and extend internet access to community-based organizations, schools, and centers in Mathare Valley.

SDG and Target: This project aligns with Sustainable Development Goal 16 – Peace, Justice, and Institutions, specifically Target 16.10, which focuses on ensuring public access to information and protecting fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.