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Solar-Powered IT-Centers Combining solar power and energyefficient IT, NICE Centres offer ambitious young Africans technology solutions for education, work, and business.

ENVIRONMENTAL Through energy efficiency and the use of solar, NICE Centres have a low environmental footprint.

SOCIAL NICE Centres help people gain access to an income, either directly by bringing in outsourced work or indirectly through education.

ECONOMIC According to the World Bank, improved access to the Internet results in GDP growth.

NICE Centres are solar-powered IT-centers that combine several benefits under one roof: a shop selling IT and renewable energy products; educational facilities offering training courses in business and technology; business hubs offering flexible work spaces and networking opportunities to ambitious youth; and an outsourcing area offering computer-based work to people to help them generate income. There are six NICE Centres operating in Gambia; local entrepreneurs operate two as franchises. NICE Centres are financially viable businesses, as people pay for products and services on a pay-peruse basis. The existing NICE Centres in Gambia have demonstrated their financial sustainability, and NICE plans to scale up to 250 centres across Africa by 2020. Why a Sustainia100 solution? A 10% increase in Internet access generates 1.1-1.4% additional GDP growth1. NICE is giving people in Africa affordable access to the Internet and helping them to use the Internet in a productive manner. By using solar power and energy-efficient computers, the environmental impact of the centers is reduced.

Developed in the Netherlands

Deployed in Gambia

Solar-powered NICE Centres offer ambitious youth in Africa technology solutions for education, work and business.

The World Bank, “Information and Communications for Development - Extending Rreach and Iincreasing Iimpact.� 1

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2013 Sustainia100