The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has announced a $742,688 grant to Inveneo, a nonprofit social enterprise, to accelerate development of a wireless broadband Internet network in six rural regions across Haiti, helping to stimulate economic growth and support decentralization of the Haitian economy.
Management of the network, which will serve twenty formerly isolated rural population centers and forty schools, is expected to be turned over to local Haitian partners within eighteen months.
The grant will support training programs for Haitian information and communication technology entrepreneurs as well as professional development for local IT specialists. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft and the EKTA Foundation, the project includes partnerships with Haitian-owned Internet service providers, NetHope, and the USAID Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance.
"The power of this program is that in addition to enabling rural communities with high-speed connections, we are also providing Internet connectivity that can be resold to Haitian Internet cafes, community organizations and other businesses, stimulating economic growth," said Clinton Bush Haiti Fund CEO Gary Edson. "Just as important, turning over networks to Haitian ISPs and training Haitian technicians will lay the building blocks for Haitians to own and grow these services."