3. What is the role of governments in creating an ICT enabling environment for Indigenous Peoples?
The creation of an enabling environment means providing the conditions necessary for ICT projects to be adequately developed and sustained. Often, connectivity projects destined for Indigenous zones emphasize their long preparation, yet major investments often are made in facilities that may be abandoned within a few months. Other projects get off the ground using government support and yet never become self-sustaining. Still others become successful projects in small locales but never succeed in extending their reach over wider areas, wasting their full potential.
The goal is to build sustainability using a firm foundation at the very beginning of each project. That way, the goals of each community can be achieved by supporting incremental development along the way. This section of the module explores the ways to create an enabling environment for sustainability of ICT development in Indigenous areas.