The Capacity Africa, which is scheduled in Tanzania for next 8 and 9 September, will host a panel discussion on the digital divide. One of the speakers will be Zahir Khan, COO of “Project Isizwe”, a non-profit organization which works to create free WiFi spaces.
Project Isizwe: WiFi overcomes barriers
Bridging the digital divide to fight the economic and social inequalities. By pursuing this aim, “Project Isizwe”, a non-profit organization which promotes the spread of quality and free WiFi connections in Africa, started its experience in 2012.
The country, although it is one of the richest in the continent, is still experiencing great deficits, mainly in some important sectors such as health, education, information, access to the world of work. New technologies, particularly those based on the use of Internet, could overcome many barriers, but the same digitizing does not concern the entire population equally. In fact a lot of South Africans, especially those of the poorest segments, are cut out on the “network”, because of the lack of infrastructures and the costs which are still too high.
At this point the work of “Project Isizwe” becomes important; it is a non-profit organization working to support the central and local government structures, by helping them to create public spaces where everyone can have access to a totally free WiFi connection.
The “digital divide” at Capacity Africa
The digital divide, and how to fight it, will be discussed at Capacity Africa, the conference scheduled in Tanzania for next 8 and 9 September. On that occasion, one of the speakers will be Zahir Khan, COO of “Project Isizwe”. According to Khan, the technological gap is mainly an infrastructure problem: the existing ones are not capable of providing a quality service in many African regions, but the implementation of new infrastructures involves prohibitive prices.
“In my speech I will focus on digital divide”, said the manager, “and how we are working, with free WiFi, to bridge it in the medium term or to make the project feasible in the long term”.
Khan also thinks that the work carried out by “Project Isizwe” is not only useful at social level but it can also be a driving force for the telecommunications business:
“we connect those who are not connected and unlock future markets”.