This programme represents the most comprehensive and extensive component of GIFEC’s strategic approach to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), development in Ghana.
The purpose of this programme is to support full-service broadband connectivity services and facilities to designated unserved and underserved communities in Ghana, delivering broadband access that is available to all potential users within each local service area.
To achieve these results under the Cyber Laboratory Programme, the following projects have been implemented.
This is one of GIFEC’s projects which seek to ensure that deprived public institutions in the communities are supported with internet connectivity (broadband) services, computers and accessories with full functionality.
The following institutions have received support from GIFEC’s ICT Institutional Support Project (MMDAP);
- Passport Office
- Midwifery and Nursing Council,
- National Disaster Management Organisation, (NADMO)
- National Commission on Civic Education, (NCCE)
- National House of Chiefs,
- Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), and Informal Education.
The project component involves the establishment of public access to Community Information Centers (CICs), within designated locations to provide community-wide access to full-service Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
The Community Information Centre is a hybrid profit-making tele-centre and a nonprofit community resource centre intended to provide business services and community development information to remote communities.
The centres function as information hubs, providing connectivity to ministries, departments and agencies, private businesses, educational institutions as well as individuals in beneficial rural communities.
The School Connectivity Project involves the provision of twenty (20) high speed computers, printers, scanners, projectors and servers to educational institutions.
These institutions are also connected to the internet for at least two years.
In order to facilitate quick response to security and disaster issues and ensure peace in flash point areas, GIFEC is supporting the security agencies with Information and Communication Technology (ICT), equipment and internet connectivity.
The objectives of the security connectivity are to support the agencies to improve the quality of services, encourage innovations in technology and general work flow and promote information sharing, transparency and accountability while reducing bureaucracy.
The beneficiary services are the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana Army, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Ghana Fire Service, Ghana Immigration Service and Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
GIFEC is collaborating with the Ghana Library Board (GLB), to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT), equipment and internet connectivity to regional, district and mobile libraries across the country.
All ten regional mobile libraries have been supported with canopies, collapsible chairs and tables, computers and internet connectivity. Libraries are to be provided with power generators to support their work.