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Input Document for the DCs Main Session at the Internet Governance Forum 2017 (DC on Innovative Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected)

The Dynamic Coalition on Innovative Approaches to Connect the Unconnected focuses on compiling case studies of innovative ways to connect unconnected communities. As of 25 September 2017, we have compiled case studies of 85 connectivity projects, with an aim to publish all of them by this year’s IGF. A full list of case study candidates that we have reached out to is compiled and can be accessed online.

The list of compiled case studies, which we will be analyzing and presenting at the IGF, is as follows:
 

 Project Name

Country

Refugee Hotspot

Netherlands

Mawingu Networks

Kenya

Adaptive Technology Center for the Blind

Ethiopia

The Connected Homes Program

Costa Rica

Mobile Solar Computer Classroom

Uganda

Zenzeleni Networks

South Africa

She Will Connect Africa

Nigeria

Project Tawasol

Tunisia

Nepal Wireless Networking Project

Nepal

Internet @ My School

Yemen

Comcast Internet Essentials

U.S.

Intel® Learn Easy Steps

India

Fonias Jurua Project

Brazil

Escuela+

Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile

Econet Wireless

Zimbabwe

Malawi TV White space project

Malawi

Vanuatu Inter-Island Telemedicine and Learning Project

Vanuatu

Rhizomatica

Mexico

Pamoja Net

Congo

Digital Village Squares

India

Pohnpei Catholic School

Micronesia

Zamora Teran Foundation

Nicaragua

Soweto Wireless

South Africa

Project Isizwe

South Africa

Wireless Leiden

Netherlands

Napo Network

Peru

Zaya Learning Lab

India

Sarantoporo

Greece

Universal Service Fund

Pakistan

Arran TVWS Deployment

Scotland

WiFi Interactive Network (WIN)

Philippines

Maendeleo Foundation

Uganda

WLAN

Slovenia

Johannesburg WUG (JAWUG)

South Africa

Namibia TVWS Pilot

Namibia

IITB TVWS Pilot

India

Mimosa

U.S.

Personal Telco

U.S.

SAARC Development Fund

Bhutan

Internet Connectivity at Nyirarukobwa Primary School

Rwanda

Fonatel’s Initiatives

Costa Rica

Progetto Neco

Italy

Balsapuerto Network

Peru

Cisco Connected North

Canada

e-Daara Thieyetou

Senegal

EOS Foundation’s Initiatives

Romania

Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan

Pakistan

Siyafunda Community Technology Centre

South Africa

Zap Quebec

Canada

Connect With Axiom

U.S.

Child Help

Sierra Leone

Remote Experimentation on Mobile Devices for Basic Education

Brazil

Farmerline

Ghana

Myanmar Book Foundation

Myanmar

The 21st Century Digital Farmer

Kenya

AMW Network

Nigeria

Amakomaya

Nepal

Online Vidhyalaya

Nepal

All Girls Technology Camps

Gambia

Connectivity to Support Prenatal care in Ghana

Ghana

National Computer Board

Mauritus

TunapandaNet

Kenya

Datamation Foundation

India

Fusion

Sri Lanka

Ghana Code Club

Ghana

Linguoo

Argentina

Telenor Myanmar

Myanmar

Educational Initiatives Trust

Kenya

Kioscos Vive Digitales

Colombia

Value-Stream based Framework

India

Li-Fi LED

Ivory Coast

eKrishakMitra

India

Next Wave Cities

Phillipines

Accessibility Initiatives in India

India

Blind Accessibility in Germany

Germany

Downtown

Spain

Mjangale

Senegal

National Computer Board

Mauritius

AGESIC

Uruguay

NASCO Foundation

Ghana

Jakarta Smart City

Indonesia

EDUS-Electronic Health Record System

Costa Rica

Kedesa

Indonesia

WoredaNet

Ethiopia

As part of the DCs main session, we would like to highlight some of our key takeaways from the
case studies that we have compiled thus far. In particular, we would like to focus on the lessons
that we can learn from various demand-side interventions, and how success of certain
interventions depends on both demand and supply side interventions. We have gathered data
on the business models that various initiatives rely on, and will comment on how some of these
initiatives are able to sustain themselves in the long run. Further, our submission will focus on
the different dimensions of sustainable development goals that are being supported by last mile
connectivity initiatives, including e-health, remote education, e-government and e-agriculture
based initiatives.

The case studies bridge a key information gap, and provide resources to implementing
organizations on the ground. Further, analysis of the case studies provides key insights on the
scalability and sustainability of last mile connectivity initiatives, which we believe will aid efforts
on the ground to connect the next billions.