Integra LLC is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract for USAID’s Restoring the Environment through Prosperity, Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystems (REPLACE). This five-year, multi-award contract with an overall ceiling price of $700,000,000 will provide technical services to USAID Missions and operating units to improve the sustainable, long-term management of natural resources.  Read more

Interview with Eric White, Managing Associate and Lead Economist, Integra Government Services International by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) at ICT4Ag 2013. The conference, organized by CTA and the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) was held at the Serena Hotel Conference Center in Kigali, November 4-8, 2013.  Read more

Featured in ICT Update’s Q&A entitled “Broadband Strategies”, Eric White answers some commonly asked, but seldom answered questions about providing connectivity to rural areas, business models that support it, and current trends in ICT policy.  Read more

The first annual LAKAJI corridor investment summit was successfully concluded in Abuja on August 29th, with Integra making sure that ICTs featured prominently. The summit brought together over 200 members of the private sector to articulate a clear vision of how to develop an agricultural trade corridor. The vision incorporates the development of a multi-modal trade expressway between Lagos and Kano, with junctions connecting off-corridor states, and includes a steering committee of private sector representatives that will coordinate investments. Integra participated in the investment summit under USAID’s NEXTT Project. Read more

Under USAID’s GBI Program, Integra has initiated work with Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communication and the Fondo de Inversion Telecommunicaciones (FITEL), to evaluate and address the gaps in connectivity throughout the country’s rural areas. The collaboration is designed to provide an investment strategy for the use of approximately $44 million in universal service funds to provide Internet connectivity for USAID Peru’s target beneficiaries in jungle regions East of the Andes Mountains. Read more

Integra LLC is thrilled to announce that we will be organizing two sessions at the ICT4Ag conference in Rwanda, November 4-8. Hosted by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), the conference will bring together ICT experts from around the world in support of creating an enabling environment for ICT use in agricultural development. Read more …

On July 23, 2013, at a high profile event in Nairobi attended by the US Ambassador, Kenya became only the second country in Africa to launch an elaborate National Broadband Strategy (NBS). They did so with support from the US Government, and in particular with technical assistance provided from USAID’s Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Program. Read more …

Integra LLC is pleased to announce the award of a subcontract from Nathan Associates, Inc. to provide technical services for the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) project. Funded through USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), the project focuses on trade facilitation, energy sector development, small enterprise expansion, and telecommunications development. Read more …

Eric White, Integra LLC’s Lead Economist and Managing Associate, will join a panel next Wednesday, May 15th at the World Bank Info Shop. At the event, entitled“Breaking the Rural – Urban Divide”, panelists will be discussing two books released by the World Bank Press; Structural Transformation and Rural Change Revisited and Financing Africa’s Cities. As a co-author of the former, Mr. White will take part in a discussion about the structural transformation process, from both a rural and urban perspective.

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This past January the  Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) presented the draft of their National Broadband Strategy for public review. The strategy outlines a comprehensive plan for bringing communications services and ICT business development to all of Kenya. Expected to cost US$ 2.4 billion, 70% is budgeted for national infrastructure while the remainder will be used for capacity building and content development. Funding will be a combination of public and private sources and will include accessing Kenya’s capital markets. Read more …

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