A MOBILE COMPUTER UNIT CONNECTING PEOPLE
ICT4D projects are dependent on the electricity grid.
Close the Gap is removing this dependency, strengthening computer skills in vulnerable communities in the most rural regions.
WHY ICT4D FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES?
75% of Africans live in rural communities | Only 46% of students from rural schools qualify for secondary school | Rural incomes increase when ICT is used to access knowledge and information | Lack of technological and market information has been given as a major reason forlow productivity in African agriculture.
WHAT IS THE DIGI TRUCK?
- A pilot project: a mobile, multi-functional IT lab fit in a 40’ container on wheels. The Digi-Truck will be able to reach the most remote areas in Africa who don’t have access to electricity thanks to solar energy.
- The flexibility in design and functionality enables the “Digi-truck” to be used as a mobile health centre, hold community trainings, double as a cyber cafe and an IT classroom.
- It has the capability to run 100% off solar power or be connected to the grid, is completely secure with double steel doors and window shutters with bolts and has triple insulation against the African heat.
- 20 fully configured laptops
- 1 LED screen
- 1 printer
- 2 routers
- 2 SSD DISKS
- LED lights
- Space for 18 work at a time
IN THE NEWS
- February 2016: Deloitte supports Close the Gap’s 2nd Digi-truck
- August, 2015: First Digi-Truck arrives in Moshi
- November 19, 2014: The first Digi-Truck was inaugurated byArchbishop Desmond Tutu
- January 2014: The building of the first “Digi-Truck”
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Does your company want to help bring IT to rural communities in Africa? Have an implementation project to propose using a Digi-Truck. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.