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Universal Service and Access Funds

Under GBI, Integra provides technical assistance to support new Universal Service and Access Funds (USAFs) and to improve the operations and outcomes of existing USAFs. Our overall project goal is to increase access to and use of ICTs, particularly broadband internet, in developing countries.

Integra’s USAF Team

Integra’s USAF Team brings together some of the world’s top experts in Universal Service and combines them with local telecommunications professionals to create effective and dynamic support programs.

Technical Assistance

Through its technical assistance component, GBI will provide direct, one-on-one assistance with specific activities and functions of immediate importance to particular Funds (e.g., Strategic Planning, project design).

Technical assistance is currently being provided in the following countries: Kenya,  Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia. We have also provided technical assistance in Columbia, Tanzania, Ukraine and Moldova.

Capacity Building

Integra is providing a series of workshops to promote dialogue among USAF leaders, train them in best known practices, (both locally and globally), improve USAID’s understanding of major issues with USF operations, and make administrators aware of new innovative trends in USAF management.  These workshops focus on planning, knowledge sharing, and capacity building exercises, and are designed to explain and reinforce the key stages of USAF development and engage USAFs in collective, guided interaction. Visit our USAF Capacity Building page to download modules, watch recordings or previous workshops, or register for upcoming webinars.

Regional USAF Associations

Under the GBI Program, Integra is working to help establish regional associations to improve the design, efficiencies, effectiveness, and transparency of country-level USAFs through the sharing of information, lessons learned, and specific country case studies.

Establishing regional associations will better enable USAID to:

  1. Leverage USAF-related technical assistance within the region.
  2. Provide a regional forum for sharing successes and best practices from neighboring countries.
  3. Accelerate the adoption of successful solutions by those countries that are lagging the maturity of regional counterparts.
  4. Provide a regional mechanism for collecting and reporting USAF-related data to track country and regional progress.

 

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