Digital for Inclusion to boost digital economy in Ghana through access to infrastructure and literacy skills
Digital for Inclusion (D4I) program was launched in Ghana to boost the digital economy through access to ICT infrastructure and literacy resources. Providing population from local Cocoa and Zongo communities with these capabilities is expected to support the country to also expand financial inclusion and create job opportunities in under-served communities.
As explained by Chief Executive of GIFEC, Kofi Asante, “the key attribute of this project is that it would make available free data for learning, bring financial services to the communities, and empower agents/entrepreneurs to sell fast moving consumables while improving the knowledge base of the local economy through financial literacy programs. We believe this is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 1-7 and evidence of Government of Ghana’s commitment to sustainable development.”
It is currently estimated that D4I entrepreneurs use digital technologies to create direct employment for 2000+ people and indirect employment for approximately 4000 people in the next two years. Its pilot phase will run for 9 months in 200 districts nationwide. The initiative is organized through the collaboration of Ghana Investment fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Zeepay Ghana Limitd (Zeepay)