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Solar power lamps project by Digicel PNG – 2017 Shared Value Award

Winner, Shared value project by an organisation or collaboration

Digicel PNG is the leading provider of mobile voice and data services in Papua New Guinea. It is part of The Digicel Group which operates in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America and Oceania.

Around 90 per cent of PNG’s population or 6.5 million people do not have access to the national electricity grid. Digicel PNG recognised the need to provide affordable and reliable solar energy solutions to off-grid households and small businesses in PNG through its shared value solar power project.

The project has led to an increased access to education with increased study hours, financial services, direct business opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs, improved health status through reduced inhalation of smoke and social and digital inclusion.

Digicel’s partnership on this project with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Business Partnerships Platform is also helping to deepen the Australian government’s collaboration with business in addressing development challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.