In order to connect the unconnected, it is vital to consider innovative options to accomplish this goal. One such way to help accelerate connecting as many individuals as possible in a short timeframe is through the use of a Dig Once policy, where ICT infrastructure is installed in conjunction with other infrastructures such as power and water infrastructure.
How can we connect the next billions of new Internet users by 2020? With nearly 60 percent of humanity still lacking Internet access, the success of extending universal, affordable connectivity depends on the shared expertise, experiences, and creativity of the global technology, technical and policy communities. One way to help accomplish to accelerate connecting the unconnected is through the implementation of a Dig Once policy, where ICT infrastructure is installed in conjunction with other infrastructures such as power and water infrastructure.
For areas where it not feasible to provide cost effective traditional power, IEEE Smart Village stimulates development of new renewable electricity systems, start-up training and ongoing support to help poor, energy-deprived communities globally build toward sustainable prosperity. The inspiration for IEEE Smart Village stems from the IEEE-UN Foundation sponsored Humanitarian Challenge program of 2009-10 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to eliminate the worst of global poverty by 2030.
Electricity is proven to be a major driver to eliminate the worst of poverty and build toward sustainable community prosperity. An estimated 1.4 billion people around the world today live without any access to electricity, and at least an equal number suffer from very poor quality and unreliable electricity. Lighting in these areas depends on kerosene lamps and candles which are expensive and emit harmful fumes. Cooking depends on burning wood and charcoal, also harmful and detrimental to environment. With even a moderate access to basic electricity, however, people in off-grid regions take a leap forward toward securing other critical services lacking in their communities: clean water, sanitation, health services, access to education, and access to markets for their produce and participation in the global economy. IEEE Smart Village addresses these profound needs with strategic partnerships in a new and sweeping way.