ICT Village of Sambaina 

OCCAM Steps for a concrete Change

After the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, where the model of the ICT Village was presented, OCCAM started operating concretely in 2005, in Sambaina, Madagascar. The initiative is based on the project OCCAM has developed within the framework of the Infopoverty Programme as follow up to the Tunis Phase of the WSIS of 2005. 

The ICT Village project stems from the need to provide technologies and services to the most disadvantaged communities to enable them to promote their own development. The replicable model of ICT Village focuses on three types of intervention: i) ensuring an education to young people aimed at enhancing local resources and creating jobs, ii) ensuring a basic level of health, iii) providing internet access to the whole community to strengthen its capacity for socio-economic development. 
The first ICT village project was carried out in 1999 in Honduras, which was later considered as a model by different Governments and was thus replicated in many countries. 

In November 2005, OCCAM started operating in the Malagasy territory, eventually creating the ICT Village of Sambaina. Sambaina is a small village situated in Madagascar and, with the support of the local government, soon became one of the greatest successes achieved by the OCCAM team. As such, in 2007, Jeffrey Sachs, head of the Millennium Project of the United Nations, proclaimed it “UN Millennium Village” thus conferring an international reward to the efforts of everybody involved. 
Following the main principles of the ICT Model, the project in Sambaina has been developed focusing on: Telemedicine, e-learning and new center for internet connection.

Following the XVII Infopoverty World Conference held at the UNHQ in 2017, OCCAM is once again engaged in the relaunch of this ICT Village. Further news will be shared soon so stay with us!

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