International Research Project "Digital Africa" on ICT-based Local Information and Communication Systems for Sustaining Development
With a range of projects, the research initiative „Digital Africa“ aims to make a contribution to the closure of the research gap, by drawing a comprehensive picture of the usage of ICTs by sub-Saharan African citizens. The initial project kick off by an international research team was funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education.
The research question focuses on the role of communication and media use in the context of infrastructure and development projects and includes researchers from Freie Universität Berlin , University of the Gambia , University of Nairobi and researchers from Ghana as well as business partners and civic organizations like ‘Project Lighthouse Africa’ and its subsidiaries Project Lighthouse Kenya and Project Lighthouse Gambia.
Central questions are:
Which are the attitudes and knowledge of the local population about the environmental situation in their region?
Which is the role local and regional media (including radio and ICTs like the mobile phone system) play in this context?
A further research question is to find out which applications / content form / mobile media channel could be used (or have to be developed) to reach the population.
Therefore best practice examples which already exist (especially in East Africa, like Kenya) shall be described and assessed in the context of the project goals.
Landfill and bio gas CHP unit at Bakoteh dumpsite
As many African countries, Gambia has a waste problem, which not only threatens the environment of the West African country, but which does also affect the population’s health. Therefore, Project Lighthouse Gambia (PLG) is engaged with a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project by establishing a landfill and bio gas Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit, in order to make a future-oriented contribution to an ecological meaningful and sustainable waste treatment and a stable power generation in the Gambia.
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The Project Movie "Landfill and bio gas CHP project in the Gambia" below will give you a brief introduction to the background of the project.
Dr. Yves Lamour explains the current sewage treatment and potential for the bio gas CHP (in German language).
Futher clips related to the "landfill and bio gas CHP project" and the waste management in the Gambia you will find on our YouTube Channel: youtube.com/ProLightAfrica
Establishment of a systematic waste flow data base in collaboration with KMC
As the first such organization Project Lighthouse Africa has established, in close cooperation with the Waste Management Department of Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), a valid database for the volume and the flow of waste, generated in the KMC area.
The database is covering the period October 2010 to now, and provides an analysis of waste flow and waste volumes at the Bakoteh dumpsite on a systematic empirical basis as long-term study. The data acquisition will be continued systematically. The data base follows a permanent review process to enhance the data collection for reducing bias factors.
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Vocational Training Centre at New Yundum
Project Lighthouse Gambia has constructed and established a Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in the West African country the Gambia. The VTC aims to give young people from the surrounding communities the opportunity to gain hands on experience either on practical as well as on theoretical skills in farming and trade. The VTC is located at New Yundum close to the Banjul International Airport.
The Vocational Training and Knowledge Centre has been mainly founded by Pamodou S. Jallow, supported by the women garden community of New Yundum and volunteer workers from Tabokoto.
It consists of a training area for mixed farming concepts and experimental cropping and a workshop area for practical applications. The different workshops include carpenter, tailor, metal processing and electrical training facilities.
Experienced specialists and technicians from the surrounding area in charge of the training of interested and motivated youth. The VTC gives them the possibility to develop their skills and get a positive direction in their life even if they were inferior to social, financial or other circumstances. Also workshops with experts from Germany are organised. Therefore a close cooperation with the organization of Green Dessert e.V. based in Hannover was established.
Manufactured work pieces and provided services contribute to the revenue of the VTC and after the build-up and familiarization phase the centre will become financial independent. Thorough engagement of the community of New Yundum and a continuous readiness of volunteers from Tabokoto enabled ProLightGambia to finish the shell of VTC building in a one year period.
Reaching completion of the training centre and for entering the operational phase the VTC project still asks for further supporting (financial as well as donations in kind, e.g. sewing-machines, tooling, machinery for divers workshops).
The mixed farm area is an experimental training field for young people. Mixed farming shall be promoted as alternative farming method for keeping the soil in balance and to extend quality of the goods. Therefore our partner organisation Green Desert is training the volunteers, e.g. in fertiliser production, seedling breeding and soil management. Also training on poultry farming is possible.
The workshop complex is still under construction. Vocational training on carpentry, sewing, electricity and mechanic skills will offer a big opportunity to the youth. Especially to those who don’t have the chance to get a proper education on theoretical and practical level.
Project Lighthouse Gambia needs financial support for the construction of a staff and office building at Bakoteh Dumpsite