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Smart Home, Smart Villages data-driven holistic sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Innovative holistic and scalable solution model that addresses all 17 SDG goals -planet,peace, prosperity - for marginalized populations.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

CTI has created an innovative solution that will bring basic needs and services to rural and underserved communities that is replicable, scalable and financially self-sustaining. This approach is unique as it is holistic and comprehensive (as opposed to siloed), beginning with a data-driven focus to effectively identify the issues. This will enable CTI to help solve the lack of off-grid rural electrification through new solar solutions and then providing integrated solutions for clean water, mobile/financial inclusion, e-learning, tele-medicine and sustainable agriculture. The CTI approach is to provide a combination of solid local delivery solutions and leveraging of best practices in each respective sector. Once the ‘proof of concept’ is completed, CTI will then capitalize on the significant concessional funding that is available for sustainable climate impact projects in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Government. The CTI solution will be implemented in a 2-tier ( smart homes and smart villages) approach and will be piloted in villages already identified in the Buikwe district of Uganda and Ncheu District of Malawi. CTI has begun the data collection phase of this project, which will be used to further refine the project offerings. CTI believes that each of the project’s components will independently become financially sustainable, especially when delivered as a comprehensive village- or community-driven solutions. This project begins with off-grid rural electrification through new solar solutions. This will be implemented in a 2-tier approach: home and village. CTI has begun the data collection phase of this project, which will be used to further refine the project offerings. As the project is implemented, more capabilities can be added to transform the lives of Ugandans and Malawians.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Beneficiaries will be marginalized populations living in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where on average 75% of the population lives and where poverty is endemic. Although this an all-inclusive model that covers all key sectors critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we there will be a specific focus on women of child-bearing age, children, youth and those with disability. The project will start in Malawi and Uganda where CTIAfrica has been laying the groundwork in the past few years, but the innovative model has the potential for scale up in both countries and replication across SSA. Our model also encompasses the priorities of openIDEOS -planet, peace and prosperity.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

We present a unique value proposition to sustainable development in SSA, including: 1). holistic approach. Most companies, development actors, and public sectors today operate in siloes, they offer a solution to one or two problems faced by rural Africans. Our Solution, is designed to solve the totality of the problems that prevent rural and marginalized African populations from escaping the poverty trap; 2). We will scale the project in partnership with national governments and foster partnerships for scale up across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) . This will enable us to make use of concessional funding to offer affordable and proven model solutions to catalyze community-driven sustainable development in SSA – inline with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and 3). We shall sustain this project by charging modest fees for a generous basic services package, leveraging the private sector, and we will scale the project in partnership with national governments and foster partnerships

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

CTIAfrica is a Social Enterprise focused on and poised to help marginalized communities in SSA to rise above poverty, drive change that helps attain SDGs and addresses the nexus between the planet, peace and prosperity by tackling the intractable driver at the community level. Recognizing that being poor is very expensive, we are CTI Africa have built a company to deliver positive change for sub-Saharan Africans who are living off the grid. We provide holistic solutions to development in SSA.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

CTIAfrica is led by a diverse group of entrepreneurs and global development specialists with decades of experience in Sub-Saharan Africa. We have faith in the power and resilience of African communities to drive change at scale and in African nations to lead the rest of the world in achieving SDGs. We were therefore inspired by the unprecedented opportunity in our time to catalyze holistic and data-driven development at household/village level that will shift the needle in the global SDG quest.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

From our experience, poverty is at the heart of a lot of the tensions and conflicts in majority of communities in SSA, and we consider poverty one of the greatest threat to peace. Poverty-driven lack of peace destabilizes peace and exacerbates other areas of conflict based on religion, political differences, tribal clashes, etc. My addressing development in a holistic manner by creating smart homes and smart villages engaged in data-driven development for off-grid communities, we are providing the most reliable pathway to sustainable peace and prosperity. Our innovation tackles the energy sector and uses technology and community awareness to create the ideal planet for community co-existence. Our pilots in Malawi and Uganda, coupled with the decades of experiences in SSA by our diverse team, have informed the design of our project. We are addressing climate change, agriculture, livelihood and community-driven approaches in an integrated fashion that will impact these priorities.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Our innovative model is based on the concept of smart homes, smart villages data-driven holistic development. All the target community play a central role in all phases our model, from design through implementation to closeout. CTIAfrica is a catalyst of innovative development that will be owned and sustained by the target communities who are the heart and soul of our approach. Our model also partners with governments at local and national level because we seek to leverage national government policies, programs and resources. We intend to promote government update of CTIAfrica so that this can be scaled up in the initial focus countries and replicated in other SSA countries. CTIAfrica also builds partnerships with the private sector who can add value to this approach and whose resources we intend to tap into for the longer term sustainability of our model. We shall be working with UN systems to tap into carbon credit offsets to help finance the scale up and replication of our model.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Based on the pilot that we have CTIAfrica has conducted in the past few years, our target communities have demonstrated strength, including: 1). Well organized community structures; 2). Full engagement in project design and implementation; 3). willingness to pay the modest $8 a month household contribution for the basic service package; 4). Demonstrated resilience in the face adverse poverty levels; and 5). Proven approaches from pilot phase that will form the foundation for this project.

Geographic Focus

This project will be implemented in Ntcheu District in Malawi and Buikwe District in Uganda.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

This project will be implemented within a period of 24 months.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

Attachments (1)

CTI Sustainable Development Model for Sub-Saharan Africa - OpenIDEO.pdf

The attached PDF design provides a detailed description of our design model whose implementation will address peace, planet and prosperity,


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Photo of bikash gurung

Hi @Josh Kyallo great to have you in the Challenge! I loved your Concept , you were able to convey important information about your project quickly and clearly, which was very helpful to someone new to your idea!

Would love to learn a little bit more about you, how you came to this solution ? How are you planning to build Smart homes and Smart Villages, what key aspect of these initiative connects peace and prosperity?Looking forward to learn more.

Photo of David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer

Yes, indeed - I would also like to hear more about the practical perspective - the actions, the products, the processes - how do you intend to go about this?

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