Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

We apply technology to deliver social impact in emerging economies in Africa and the Middle East in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ApTec’s sustainable development projects currently focus on delivering on The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Focus Case Studies on Sustainable Development

  • iKnowledge - Project Overview

    iKnowledge – Project Overview

    The iKnowledge Project brings high speed satellite broadband and digital skills training to teachers in Tanzanian schools

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  • iKnowledge Marginalised Girls

    iKnowledge Marginalised Girls

    iKnowledge Project: Science for marginalised girls across Tanzania

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  • iKnowledge Zeze School

    iKnowledge Zeze School

    iKnowledge Project brings high speed satellite broadband and digital skills training for teachers and e-Learning to Tanzanian schools like Zeze Secondary School

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  • Project iMlango

    Project iMlango

    Avanti delivers connected education to marginalised children in Kenya

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Sectors

ApTec is involved in a range of Sustainable Development Projects with both Government and Non-Governmental Organisations.

Capabilities

ApTec has managed and deployed large scale Sustainable Development Projects, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, through a range of key capabilities. Our capabilities in Sustainable Development projects include:
  • Programme & Subcontract Management – The management of large-scale deployment projects including financial and subcontract management.
  • System Integration & Deployment – The system engineering management, Integration & Testing and Deployment of facilities into rural/ remote settings.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation – The monitoring and evaluation of impact driven outputs providing evidence of sustainable growth.

Focus – Accelerating Learning

The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education offers a clear promise for accelerating learning, and, given the much wider use of ICT in the workplace, a person’s facility for using technology is fast becoming a basic competency. Because most ICT-related initiatives in education in developing countries to date have been focused much more on supplying schools with computers and Internet connectivity than on integrating technology into curricula at all education levels, ICT has so far largely failed to realise its promise as a twenty-first–century pedagogical tool. The potential uses of ICT in education are not limited to the classroom. ICT can also allow better, more timely monitoring of the various dimensions of a national education system and is, therefore, a valuable tool for implementing a system approach to education reform. For example, ICT can lower the cost of implementing student learning assessments and can better link those assessment results to both teacher development and the allocation of education resources. ICT can also make it much easier to supply up-to-date information on teacher professional development programs to prospective trainees, as well as enable learning opportunities outside of formal school settings. For more information about the World Bank's strategy related to the use of technology in education, please see the related background note prepared as part of the World Bank's Education Sector Strategy 2020.

  • SDG 1 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal ICT can play a positive role in every one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and will provide essential infrastructure to help achieve them. Avanti is a leading advocate for the role of ICT, and demonstrates the positive impacts that technology can have on society. The potential benefits of ICT include education, ecommerce and mobile financial services to increase social and financial inclusion. ICT can also be a trigger for increasing productivity and competitiveness among small and medium-sized enterprises as well as assisting entrepreneurs. ICT increases literacy and numeracy and engagement among people living in poverty, and develops vocational skills for the future.
  • SDG 2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal World population is soaring, by 2050 to upwards of 9.6billion people creating challenges in providing access to affordable, nutritious food for all. This is in fact one of the biggest barriers to achieving sustainable development and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Goal 2 is also intricately tied to other goals such as those related to climate change and a sustainable ecosystem. ICT can have an impact on every one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and will create essential infrastructure to help achieve them. From a broad perspective, satellite broadband penetration positively impacts GDP across the development scale. It can also aid in humanitarian circumstances, improving people’s ability to access basic goods in times of crisis. When it comes specifically to food, ICT access as basic as SMS can improve the sustainability of agriculture by empowering farmers and fishermen in rural communities to run their businesses efficiently and reach new markets which can be a trigger for increasing productivity. Imagine what the Networked Society could bring in terms of creating solutions in the areas of nutrition and sustainable agriculture.
  • SDG 3 -Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal By 2030, health systems will be deeply interconnected through the use of ICT tools. These will enable telemedicine software, remote diagnostics devices, unified databases, smartphones that enhance communication links for Community Health Workers (CHWs), and Human Resource management software that improves efficiencies. They will also empower patients to use ICT training tools and employ preventive medicine that improves well-being and reduces health costs, and data collection centers that use mobiles as tools to reduce the risks of disease outbreaks. These will be just some of the benefits. ICT can integrate different parts of health systems, enabling interconnectivity, improved quality, accountability, cost-effectiveness, patient empowerment and disease surveillance.
  • SDG 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal As broadband becomes even more ubiquitous, reaching out to the most remote regions of the world, it offers unparalleled opportunities to transform education. Mobility, broadband and the cloud are key technologies that place the satellite communications industry at the forefront of change to deliver quality of education and universal primary and secondary schooling. ICT has the power to raise the quality of education by increasing the efficiency of education systems, innovating pedagogical practices, expanding learning and teacher professional development opportunities beyond the limits of schools, and building students’ 21st century skills (ITU, 2013). Further, mobile technology enables real-time collection of data on learning outcomes which can be used to advocate for education policy relating to curriculum, teachers’ professional development, and making content more relevant and responsive to the needs of learners and their teachers.
  • SDG 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal Goal 5 has clear ambition, to enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular ICT, to promote the empowerment of women. Greater access to technology has been proven to support women, and a number of organizations including ApTec have girl programs such as iMlango. The World Bank suggests that investing in women and girls can have a 10-times multiplier effect on the community in developing countries.  
  • SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal Smart solutions can contribute significantly to a sustainable future by reducing water and energy consumption in the production of food and other commodities. ICT infrastructure is enabling access to water, as shown below. Broadband penetration can positively impact GDP and enable access to sustainable agriculture, education and a livelihood.
  • SDG 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal The ICT sector is responsible for about 1.3 percent of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the Ericsson Energy and Carbon Report (2014), which looks at the ICT sector’s own environmental impact in terms of electricity use and GHG emissions. Even with the expected dramatic growth in mobile subscriptions, the total ICT impact is expected to account for no more than 2 percent of total GHG emissions in 2020. This is largely due to advances in technology, and industry-wide efforts to reduce energy consumption. ApTec sees huge potential for the ICT sector to provide solutions that reduce global GHG emissions in other sectors. Ericcsons research, published early September 2015, shows that the total GHG emission reduction potential, thanks to ICT solutions in the areas of smart grids, transportation, buildings, work, travel, services, agriculture and land use, is about 10 Gigatonnes of CO2e in 2030, corresponding to 15.7 percent of global emissions. As we move into the IoT arena, this could be an incredibly powerful story to tell.
  • SDG 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal. ICT’s role as a source of economic growth, productivity enhancer, job creator and generator of consumer surplus has been found to be positive in several studies globally and at country level (ITU 2012; Khuoung Vu 2011; McKinsey Global Institute 2011; World Bank 2009; Fornefeld et al 2008). Studies also find that an increase in broadband penetration of 10 percent stimulates economic growth by 0.43-1.38 percent (World Bank 2009). ICT infrastructure is increasingly recognized as a key technology for development overall, with education, health, transport and energy ministries all seeking to increase efficiency and productivity through smarter access to and use of ICT. The Broadband Commission for Digital Development produces an annual State of Broadband Report that highlights many of these benefits. The World Bank has recorded a massive 20 percent drop in the numbers of unbanked consumers, with the figure of 2.5 billion unbanked being reduced by around 700 million as adults worldwide joined the formal banking system and became account holders between 2011 and 2014. Technology, and in particular mobile money, is seen as playing a pivotal role in expanding access to banking services.  
  • SDG 9  Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal Our world today faces more pressing challenges to sustainable development than ever before in the history of humankind. The sheer number of people on the planet requiring access to food, clean water and sanitation, combined with the increased number of urban citizens, exacerbated by the effects of climate change, can be mind-boggling. ICT infrastructure is increasingly recognized as a key infrastructure for development and progress. From bringing the most remote villages into the Networked Society, to solving pressing challenges around urbanization, ICT can have an impact on every one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and will provide essential infrastructure to help achieve them.
  • SDG 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal From boosting livelihoods and promoting financial inclusion and gender equality to improved access to health, education, government services and more, ICT is an essential part of every aspect of our lives. It also helps advance equality, democracy, governance and freedom of expression. Today those benefits are available to more people than ever before with the rapid growth of mobile communications. Smartphones are becoming increasingly affordable. This means people in regions with low levels of internet penetration, such as sub-Saharan Africa, will be able to take advantage of full connectivity for the first time via their smartphones. In connecting the unconnected, there are huge opportunities for business and society, but this transformation will not happen on its own. Using our technology, we combine mobility, broadband and cloud services to improve access to health care, education and livelihoods around the world. If affordable and fully accessible, the internet extends opportunities to all, allowing everyone to benefit from the digital age on more equal terms, which leads to positive impacts for business, people and society.  
  • SDG 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal ICT has great potential to support the sustainable cities of the future. ICT can reduce administration costs and improve access to key areas such as health care, education and banking, and provide a platform for inclusion. It can improve the dialog between city managers and citizens, and provide efficiency gains through crowdsourcing, collaboration and innovation. Transformative mobility, broadband and cloud solutions provide opportunities to construct smarter buildings, manage electric grids and cars, and support delivery of e-government services. Real-time data monitoring can provide city managers with appropriate and up-to-date intelligence enabling them to make better-informed decisions on the management of city services such as roads, electricity, water management and disaster preparedness. Our value proposition for cities is growing stronger, as is the potential sustainability impact, which can be transformational.
  • SDG 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal By supporting services instead of physical products, ICT is helping reduce energy use as well as material consumption. ICT also supports the reuse, sharing and remanufacturing of products and goods. Key enablers are the dematerialization of certain processes and the collection and processing of data in others; an example of this is the music industry and digital services such as Spotify. In terms of cloud services, studies show that moving to the cloud could dramatically affect resource use, both in material and energy.
  • SDG 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal Affordable and accessible connectivity can improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity in climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning, supporting consumer behavior changes with feedback loops. The ICT sector is responsible for about 1.3 percent of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the Ericsson Energy and Carbon Report (2014), which looks at the ICT sector’s own environmental impact in terms of electricity use and GHG emissions. It also includes an update of a 2020 forecast for the sector’s GHG emissions. Even with the expected dramatic growth in mobile subscriptions, the total ICT impact is expected to account for no more than 2 percent of total GHG emissions in 2020. This is largely due to advances in technology, and industry-wide efforts to reduce energy consumption. However, in absolute terms the emission levels from ICT are still considerable and must be addressed. We prioritize energy performance throughout the network to identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions from mobile networks. While the continued growth of the ICT sector brings with it a range of environmental challenges, we see huge potential for the ICT sector to provide solutions that reduce global GHG emissions in other sectors. In fact, ICT has the potential to reduce global GHG emissions by approximately one-sixth. ICT solutions help other sectors of society to reduce GHG through dematerialization of physical products and systems, for example substituting travel with collaborative tools or substituting the need to produce physical products by delivering e-products and services. Energy can be generated, distributed and consumed more efficiently through smart grids and smart meters. ICT can also unlock efficiency gains in buildings, transportation and logistics. ICT can have an impact on every one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and will provide essential infrastructure to help achieve them.
  • SDG 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal   1. Satellite imagery and broadband is powerful enabler for monitoring the state of the planet, for example terrestrial ecosystems, desertification, rainforests and flooding 2. ICT can contribute to the monitoring of water flows, rain, snow and winds, and provide more effective early-warning systems to protect species and fragile land areas 3. Mobile phones and sensors are also being used to track poaching and trafficking of protected species as well as natural heritages, as well as raise awareness of water and other pollution 4. ICT can support by helping to raise people’s awareness of their environmental influence and, in turn, help them to make informed choices and adapt their behavior for example about not buying fish from overfished or unethically fished areas 5. Virtual communities, gamification, e-petitioning and e-panels provide potential for enhancing and complementing existing community participation processes as well as developing new ways of reaching previously hard-to-reach groups. Collaborative government institutions, citizens, companies and industries can work together to further improve urban planning including securing biodiversity and avoiding flooding
  • SDG 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal 1. Mobile sensors and IoT can be a powerful enabler for monitoring the state of the planet, for example terrestrial ecosystems, desertification, rainforests and flooding 2. ICT can contribute to the monitoring of water flows, rain, snow, winds and provide more effective early warning systems to protect species and fragile land areas 3. Mobile phones and sensors are also being used to track poaching and trafficking of protected species as well as natural heritages 4. ICT can support by helping to raise people’s awareness of their environmental influence and, in turn, help them to make informed choices and adapt their behavior, for example about not buying furniture from protected forests 5. Virtual communities, gamification, e-petitioning and e-panels provide potential for enhancing and complementing existing community participation processes as well as developing new ways of reaching previously hard-to-reach groups. Collaborative government institutions, citizens, companies and industries can work together to further improve urban planning including securing biodiversity and avoiding flooding.
  • SDG 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal Many fundamental human rights such as the right to health, education, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are enabled through ICT. •ICT enables more transparency for institutions at all levels. •ICT ensures that citizens can have access to information. •ICT can enable citizens’ participation in society allowing them to express their opinion through media, the internet and other channels, keeping them engaged with institutions. •ICT brings increasing transparency to society.
  • SDG 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development
    ApTec and ICT’s role in reaching this goal ICT can potentially benefit every one of the 17 goals but its greatest impact will be in economic development, access to health and education, low-carbon development, environmental management and peace, justice and social inclusion. Avantis  role and partners Avanti plays an active role in advocating for ICT’s transformational role in sustainable development. This includes connecting the unconnected as well as scaling up access to education, reducing carbon emissions, and contributing to sustainable urbanization, gender equality, peace-building and humanitarian response.