Tanzania National Digital Inclusion Program

Introduction

TANDIP is a program designed to engage individuals, organizations, government and companies and the private sector in an effort to help vulnerable groups, groupings and rural communities that have been marginalized by the rapid nature of advancement in Internet and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Naturally societal development is never universal, reaching everywhere for every person and every community. This is the reason why development gaps exist in many societies today. This is also true when to Internet and Information Communication Technology (or ICTs). More than 98% percent of Tanzania’s 2682 registered villages in the rural areas have no formal access to Internet or ICTs. There is also a good portion of underserved urban communities that have not access.  This paints a very grim picture for Internet and ICTs access for the Tanzania’s rural community and underserved urban population. 

Meanwhile available data on Internet Society website show women and girls are 12% less likely to use the Internet globally than men; while in low and middle income countries like Tanzania the gap between women’s use and that of men is 26%. This is not only the question of connectivity but using the Internet is meaningful way to participate fully in the national, regional and global digital economy. 

The aim of TANDIP

The aim of TANDIP is to carry out a series of short, middle and long term activities and projects to address digital gender gap among women and girls, as well unconnected rural communities and underserved urban populations.

 

TANDIP has two important aspects;

  1. Creating capacity for women and girls digital inclusion and equity.
  2. Promoting establishment of Sustainable Community Networks for unconnected rural communities and underserved urban populations

 

Why Promote Digital Inclusion?

Digital Inclusion is a passport to participate fully in the national, regional and global digital economy. Women and rural communities are the most marginalized in terms of access to Internet’s global resources and this program seek to level out the field for the marginalized groups.