South Africa has an untouched $10M fund for internet accessibility
26 April 2018
A new report has revealed that South Africa has $10 million sitting unspent in Universal Service and Access Funds meant to for the provisioning of Internet access in the country. The report, Universal Service and Access Funds: An Untapped Resource to Close the Gender Digital Divide,
Furthermore, the report (published by the Web Foundation, the Alliance for Affordable Internet, and UN Women) states that many governments in Africa are failing to take action to connect women and other offline populations — despite the existence of funds earmarked for this purpose.
This at a time when affordability is a major barrier to women being able to access the Internet, with 1GB of mobile prepaid Internet costing approximately 2,35% of monthly average income.