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Case studies

Through the lens of our four-pillar sustainability strategy, we assess local community needs to deliver tailored sustainability programs. Find out more in the case studies below and through our annual Sustainability Reports

Ethics and governance 

Engaging National Stakeholders

In October 2019, IHS Nigeria co-hosted the Power and Telecommunications Synergy Conference to explore the benefits of integrating power solutions into the five-year Nigerian National Broadband Plan.

This led to the creation of the Telecommunications and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG), a collaborative effort which strives to ensure sustainable practices are implemented across Nigeria's telecommunications industry. TTSWG members include internet providers, regulatory bodies, and non-government bodies from both the private and public sectors.

In 2020, TTSWG hosted two webinars. The first on “Nigeria in Post Covid-19: 5G and Deep Tech Opportunities for the Future” with participation from the Nigerian Communications Commission and IBM Nigeria, and the second, held in partnership with BusinessDay and BudgIT, on Nigeria’s economic recovery plan and the role of telecommunications post-COVID. The latter included a keynote address from Nigeria's Finance Minister and a cross-section of experts from telecommunications and technology industries with over 1,400 attendees. 

Education and economic growth

Increasing Access to STEM Education 

In partnership with TechQuest STEM Academy, IHS Nigeria launched the Mission-T Program with the aim of increasing participation in STEM subjects and fostering the next generation of digital experts.

Through Mission-T, we helped develop a STEM Teaching Application featuring 65 interactive modules on the Nigerian ICT, Robotics, and Coding curricula. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission-T delivered a summer digital learning program on mobile app development, web development, and Python programming.

  • Over 15,000 students have participated in our STEM projects and been introduced to 21st-century digital skills, such as coding and robotics.
  • 1,500 teachers have benefited from our digital skills program, while the STEM app enables thousands of teachers to access ICT lesson plans.
  • Equipped seven ICT labs, including the Innovation Hub at the Integrated Learning Center for Internally Displaced Persons in Borno State.

Using Solar to Enable Learning 

In Côte d'Ivoire, it is estimated that only 67% of the population has access to electricity, and so over a third of the population rely on costly oil and paraffin lamps. In rural communities, where there is often no electricity grid, children’s education can be negatively impacted as they are unable to study at home after school. In response, in December 2020, IHS Côte d'Ivoire donated 150 solar bags to the Wendene Village Primary School, 100km from Dabakala.

The bags have built-in panels that trap solar energy providing children with a free, renewable power supply to complete their evening homework by. Following the success of this initiative, IHS Côte d'Ivoire intend to distribute further bags to additional communities throughout 2021. 

Environment and climate change

Keeping Communities Clean

IHS Rwanda actively supports the country’s national commitment, “Umuganda”, to keep communities green and clean by hosting regular initiatives with communities around IHS tower sites. In 2020, IHS Rwanda constructed a drainage system surrounding a site in Gikondo to allow the free flow of water and prevent excessive accumulation of rainwater. The system is helping reduce flooding and soil erosion, both of which are major challenges for the community. 

Collaborating with Environmental Stakeholders

We recognize the importance of working with external stakeholders to improve our environmental practices and strive to embed good governance throughout our organization. In partnership with Cameroon's Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, IHS Cameroon delivered a workshop in Douala focusing on the legislative framework and addressing environmental constraints. Working with the Ministry and sub-contractors, has enabled IHS Cameroon to implement practices that help support Cameroon’s national waste management strategy.

Our people and communities 

Putting Children’s Rights Front and Center

In 2019, IHS Nigeria partnered with UNICEF Nigeria on their Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI). The CFCI has been rolled out in 82 communities across 15 states. Each community focuses on overall child development through 24 sub-programs around health, nutrition, education, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and child protection - known as a CFCI Community Action Plan for Children. It also focuses on the wellbeing of young women, mothers, and adolescent girls by advocating gender equality amongst community leaders.

CFCI’s first phase commenced in October 2019 in states with the highest rates of child deprivation and poverty, covering a population of approximately 500,000. By the end of 2022, it is estimated that CFCI will have reached two million children in Nigeria, including half a million under five-year olds.

Source: UNICEF Source: UNICEF

Providing Communities with Clean, Safe Water

In Zambia, it is estimated that 4.8 million people lack regular access to clean water, and that only 60% of the population receive safely managed drinking water. Additionally, seasonal and non-seasonal water shortages across the country, driven by both climate change and poor infrastructure, are becoming increasingly commonplace. In rural areas, communities rely on rivers and streams for their water supply which, shared with livestock, can often be polluted. To help tackle some of these issues and provide communities with safe water, IHS Zambia launched a Borehole Drilling project in 2019. By January 2021, over 30 boreholes had been drilled in separate communities. The project has focused specifically on rural schools, as by providing children with clean and safe water, learning and attendance is less likely to be interrupted due to poor health.

Women In IHS Network

We are committed to promoting an inclusive work environment and work hard to remove any barriers to our employees’ career development. In 2020, we launched the Women In IHS Network (WIIN) mentoring program, in partnership with Moving Ahead, which aimed to provide cross-country mentoring opportunities. Open to all female employees, the program is designed to provide unique opportunities to form new professional relationships, build networks, improve skillsets and ultimately progress through the company. In its first year, over 220 mentoring pairs across all IHS entities were formed and ten virtual learning events held for participants, supplemented by over 30 training items in the IHS Academy, our online training platform.

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