More than 500,000 people in Ghana’s rural and peri-urban communities are taking benefits from the establishment of about 69 Rural Business Centres (RBCs). These RBCs are aimed to connect the communities with the outside world and also to educate them on the uses and benefits of ICTs.
The centres are established under the Ghana Telecom’s eCommerce and Renewable Energy (eCARE) programme. These centres were designed on the same platform with similar objectives behind the government’s efforts to construct and manage Community Information Centres (CICs) in all the 230 political constituencies in the country. The objective of these centres are to educate and inform the rural communities on issues bothering on health, education, agriculture and gender among others and also to train the people. Recently, RBCs have commissioned broadband supported Internet and e-learning facilities to make them more attractive to users and to become more relevant in the face of stiff competition from mobile phones. The Ghana Commercial Bank and the Information Technology-Enabled Services of the Ministry of Communications are also supporting the initiative to extend ICTs to rural communities.