By Communities, for Communities
We invest in community connectivity providers to accelerate digital equity
Internet access is too important to leave to the market and the traditional operators that have failed billions of people around the world who remain underserved. That is why we invest in the community connectivity providers (CCPs) that are successfully connecting those who are hardest to reach. By supporting these initiatives, we help communities build the internet infrastructure and skills they need to participate fully in a digital society.
Identify underserved communities
Engage with communities to understand their digital needs
Develop digital equity connectivity plans
Fund community-led broadband solutions
Support communities to achieve digital equity over time
While community connectivity providers have demonstrated how to deliver affordable access, these models frequently lack access to capital. We blend philanthropic grants and impact investments to offer communities the right type and size of capital they need, while providing guidance and technical assistance to support them on their journey to digital equity.
We offer grants to fund digital equity connectivity plans; to help communities pay for infrastructure development and create strong business models for sustainable networks; and to fund policy, research and advocacy.
Impact Investment Fund
We tailor financing to meet the digital equity needs of a project, offering capital at the sizes and terms that set communities up for long-term success. We can be flexible and innovative, including financing needs beyond connectivity infrastructure, such as device access.
Community connectivity providers in action
Community connectivity providers like these need financial support to sustainably scale and meet the digital equity needs in their communities.
Connect Humanity can provide that critical, missing support, de-risking investments with our decades of experience in connectivity policy, technology, and funding.
Connect Humanity’s Holistic Approach
Digital equity is only possible by working together to address the interrelated barriers to access
The path to digital equity begins with infrastructure expansion, but it doesn’t end there. Many people today are technically within reach of internet services, but can’t afford data or devices. Others lack digital skills they need to get online and use the internet. And for many people around the world, a lack of relevant content in their spoken language means they don’t have enough reason to pay for internet services. That’s why Connect Humanity addresses the financial realities of the digital divide in a holistic manner by offering support to communities when, where, and how it is needed.
- Digital Skills
Scaling community connectivity providers and means of expanding device access
Catalyzing new business & financing models to reduce the cost of connecting
Developing the workforce that can build the internet and supporting digital literacy initiatives at scale
Increasing incentives to use the internet by expanding locally relevant content
Advocating for changes to accelerate the rate at which people are connecting