A Grant to iLab Liberia

Awarded on 11 Nov 2013

Liberia

Information and Communication Technology

Grant amount £30,000.00

iLabStreetSignBased in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, iLab is a non-profit computer laboratory providing access to cutting-edge technology, expert IT assistance and a community leveraging technology for the good of Liberia. They offer training on a variety of IT issues and conduct work with a number of partners keen to utilise the power of ICT for development. That’s why we’re delighted to announce that we have awarded iLab a grant of £30,000 towards their core costs.

In Liberia, information is power; traditionally this power has been concentrated among a few.  Increasingly, Liberian citizens and organizations are seeking access to information and to platforms that allow them to share their experiences within and beyond Liberia.

The founders of iLab Liberia recognized this growing interest and simultaneous lack of info-sharing resources available to Liberians; the natural first step seemed to be a central location with reliable Internet, electricity, and trained IT staff where collaboration and learning could take place.  The iLab has two labs with 30 computer work stations, a dedicated ACE (African Coast to Europe) Fiber optic connection with a speed of 2mb; there is also a conference room available for trainings and meetings and a projector with speakers for live distance learning sessions.

iLab’s work is already helping to build and catalyse a nascent community of individuals interested in ICT and we hope that their continued work to harness the power of ICT for change will bear fruit.