7 lessons to learn about Internet connectivity

By Catherine Cheney 06 November 2015

Students of the Inveneo/Petzl tower safety workshop in Gulu, Uganda. We summarize key lessons that can help guide development professionals toward more productive engagement with the new world of Internet connectivity. Photo by: ICT4D Social Enterprise / CC BY-NC-ND

Despite the excitement around efforts to connect the next billion people to Internet access, many foreign aid professionals still miss opportunities for innovation.

It can be difficult to separate the best ideas from the flashy ones, and, as Devex recently reported in an article on technologies bringing Internet to the poor that every development leader must know, there are plenty of ideas out there.

We also collected some lessons that can help guide development professionals towards more productive engagement with the new world of Internet connectivity. Here are some of the things we learned:

1. It’s not just about the Internet. Cell connectivity matters too.

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Catherine Cheney covers the West Coast global development community for Devex. Since graduating from Yale University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science, Catherine has worked as a reporter and editor for a range of publications including World Politics Review, POLITICO, and NationSwell, a media company and membership network she helped to build. She is also an ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network and the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute.


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