09 April 2017

#Internet4All breaks the internet

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Led by over 90 Hubs in Africa, #Internet4All is based on the belief that universal access to the internet represents one of the most effective routes to delivering economic and social progress for African communities.

To date #Internet4All, which was launched on 6 April 2017, has focused on galvanizing momentum among the 21% of Africans that have access to the internet. Their high-profile social media campaign, enlisting the support of Rwanda-born businessman Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group, and Hamisi Kigwangalla, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, has so far generated over 40 million online impressions.

#Internet4all isn’t just a call to action for African leaders in the public and private sector; it is in itself living proof on how broadening access to the internet can drive collaboration on a massive scale, and empower Africans to leverage the internet to do more with less.

—Lauren Uppink, Cape Town Hub

The challenge

The campaign

Creating this ecosystem should not be an insurmountable task. After all, mobile telephony – perhaps the continent’s first genuine region-wide infrastructure – has already brought huge transformation in a relatively short amount of time. Imagine what Africa could achieve if the same levels of enthusiasm were matched in the development of a vibrant internet?

—Elsi Kanza, Head of Africa, World Economic Forum

Call to Action: how does #Internet4All impact your life? Join the conversation and put your issue on the agenda.