The Rwanda Connect Challenge – a campaign which seeks to mobilise people to contribute smartphones to Rwandans who cannot afford them – has so far received more than 31,000 smartphone pledges.

The Challenge initiated by MTN Rwanda – a telecommunication company – is run in partnership with the Ministry of ICT and Innovation

While about 10 million Rwandans are connected to mobile phones, only 1.6 million of them have smartphones.

Some 12 applications will be initially installed on the smartphones and are in three languages – Kinyarwanda, English, and French. They include Irembo e-government service portal, bank services, health services, education, paying for fertilisers using Smart Nkunganire system, weather-related information, amongst others.

Photo: Game rangers in the Volcanoes National Park are some of the people that have so far received smartphones under the Connect Rwanda challenge. Courtesy.

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