5.1 Administration and management

Throughout this module, best practices and mistakes have been highlighted regarding deployment of ICTs in Indigenous communities, either by means of community Internet access centers in schools, or through the deployment of wider connectivity from the connected schools.

We have already given some general guidelines that are necessary to work towards the sustainable development of ICTs in isolated communities, which do not need to be repeated in this section. Nevertheless, it is important to highlight, as a conclusion, that in order to assure the sustainability of the connectivity projects in isolated areas, there must be an integrated strategy that takes into account all of the aspects of an enabling environment, especially the participation of the addressed communities.

The world is full of examples of ICT development strategies whose success is only superficial. They are strategies that flaunt massive deployment of digital centers, but when reviewed under usefulness and sustainability criteria, they are truly a failure.

The steps presented in this module do not guarantee immediate results or growth in connectivity over short periods, but they provide the basis for a long-term, integrated strategy that will result in solid projects, which in turn will allow the development of more ICT projects.

The proposals presented in this module imply initial actions that may not immediately reflect a rise in the indicators of tele-density or community access to ICTs. But once the key steps have been undertaken, they will lead to exponential growth in connectivity and in applications, as demonstrated by some of the examples presented.

The administrations that choose a sustainable ICT development strategy in isolated communities will surely consider the contributions presented herein as useful.