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Building Smart Villages

A Blueprint: As Piloted in Niger

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A blueprint for a locally led, integrated and holistic approach to providing access to digital services to all citizens of rural communities, with the integration of digital technologies serving as a crucial enabler of equitable, qualitative and efficient delivery of SDG-related services for all.

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Conclusion

For this blueprint guide to be dynamic and remain relevant, it must be considered as a living document. This is the first iteration and will continue to evolve as our experiences grow. The smart village model is a whole-of-government approach for digital rural development and transformation. It is based on the premise that aggregating and pooling citizen demands can reach economies of scale and can create cost efficiencies in acquiring, developing, deploying and maintaining digital services while enabling integration and interoperability to ensure smooth information flow across different applications and services.

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