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Tools for » JV Programme 18: Solar powered business information and communication platforms in the premises of each of the five growth centres (UNIDO)
Project ID:00075579Description:Prog 18 UNIDO: Solar Powered B
Sierra Leone MDTF
Start Date *: 24 Jun 2010
Rural Community Empowerment
End Date*: 31 Dec 2012
Country: Sierra Leone Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNIDO - UN Industrial Development Orga

Project Description:

Support the establishment of Business Information and Communication (BIC) platforms in the premises of each of the five growth centers.


Development Goal and Key Outcomes:

  • Contribute to local economic development by providing access to global information on job opportunities, commodity prices, adaptable technologies and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills
  • Promote non-formal education and acquisition of life skills by youth and community leaders through multimedia campaigns/programmes on gender, HIV/AIDS, conflict management, etc.
  • Strengthen social cohesion and participation through positive entertainment activities, face-to-face and/virtual engagement and communication among various stakeholders.



  • 18.5.1 Communication hubs established and integrated into growth/community production centres in each rural district
  • 18.5.2 Each hub provides access to the internet (and to satellite TV), market and other technical information; pay phone and/or money transfer services; non-formal education and entertainment services
  • 18.5.3 Each hub connected to a national Youth Platform; a web-based tool to enhance networking, participation, information/knowledge sharing, and to generate ideas and recommendations amongst youth and between community members and other stakeholders or leaders.
  • 18.5.4 Renewable energy supply systems (e.g. solar) installed for each communication hub as autonomous green energy units/business models.
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