Through Bridge Afrika Maxine Moffett is working to increase digital literacy and lower the cost of access to online information in Cameroon.
Like many developing countries, Cameroon is behind in the race to digitise, which excludes Cameroonians from the benefits of improved digital
infrastructure and information exchange in a time where Information and Communications Technology is a significant driver of collaboration and growth.
In order to get around the high costs associated with Internet use, Maxine created an online platform, Bridge Afrika, which hosts the websites of individuals,
small businesses and citizen organizations for a small fee. Consumers are then able to access this platform and communicate with others on it by using
their mobile phones to send and receive information at the cost of an SMS.
Goals and objectives
Bridge Afrika’s outreach efforts to improve digital literacy, its promotion of the value of the Internet economy in traditional media forums, and its low-cost solution to Internet access, have all contributed towards an increased demand for Internet service provision and digital infrastructure. It is hoped that this growing demand will spur competition amongst
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and ultimately lead to improved digital infrastructure and lower Internet costs.