Giga is a global initiative to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice.
In partnership with governments, Giga is mapping the connectivity demand, using schools as a base point, and identifying where there are connectivity gaps. This information, combined with existing ITU mapping data, allows countries to take stock of their existing infrastructure and assess appropriate solutions for connecting schools. 800,000 schools in 15 countries have been mapped, and are viewable live at www.projectconnect.world
In partnership with industry, and based on the mapping results, Giga will advise on the best possible technical solutions to provide schools with connectivity, and countries with safe, secure, reliable, fit-for-purpose infrastructure to support future digital development needs. This includes determining the best possible solutions for last mile connectivity.
Giga works with governments and advises them on building affordable and sustainable country-specific models for finance and delivery, subsidizing market creation costs and incentivizing private sector investment.
Building on investments by UNICEF’s Venture Fund in open source solutions, Giga works with governments to identify, localize, and implement appropriate Digital Public Goods at scale, as per a country’s development priorities and in coordination with the broader national digital strategy. The focus is on, but not limited to, information and skills to children, teachers, and administrators.