3.4.2 Funding

While connectivity costs can be substantial, multiple sources of funding are available. Given the variety of funding options, countries should develop a comprehensive approach to obtaining financial resources. This should cover not only initial school connectivity costs, but also the costs of expanding and sustaining Internet access. Governments should develop school connectivity strategies that allow for the participation of multiple actors from both the public and private sectors.

Key sources of funding will be allocations stemming from ministry budgets and universal service funds. It is important to review such sources of funding, in order to ensure that they take school connectivity needs into consideration in their future funding cycles.

Countries can also encourage telecommunication service operators to carry out school connectivity programmes. Governments should seek funding from multilateral, regional, and bilateral entities, wherever possible. They can work to get the private sector involved in school connectivity projects by establishing public-private alliances and partnerships. In addition, countries can work with NGOs and other civil society representatives to help implement and manage school connectivity programmes.

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