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Flavour of the Month for July 2011: Telecentres at the Margins
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How have telecentres been used to drive policy in your country?

I am exploring how telecentres have been used in transforming business, services and agriculture in any country around the world but of course keen on their use in Africa.When it comes to Africa, I am particularly keen in learning about the role of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA)in policy coordination; Government policies on ICTs particularly as they relate to agriculture and knowledge managementOf course when it comes to knowledge a focus on what role universities and…See More
Mar 22, 2014
Kiringai Kamau posted a status
"This coming week, the world congregates in Kenya for the CRS Global ICT4D Conference on Building Resilience through Innovation....welcome"
Mar 22, 2014
Kiringai Kamau commented on Dean Mulozi's blog post The plight of Telecentre Networks in Africa: The need for capacity building development and innovations
"Dean, Thanks for the post on this very common argument...that telecentre support should come from international facilitation and capacity building of the telecentres in Africa by all that you mention. I like the example you give of India where so…"
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Kiringai Kamau replied to Seu Yapa's discussion Flavor of the Month of January: What ICT4D topics are you most interested in?
"Thanks for starting this. I am passionate about the contribution of ICTs to the development of agriculture and ICTs in agribusiness. I like discussing the role of agriculture as a contributor to Nature, Wealth and Power."
Feb 4, 2014
Kiringai Kamau added a discussion to the group NetAfrica

Announcing the Launch of Maendeleo Africa

Maendeleo Africa is currently a social enterprise that is now an online Africa wide initiative. It is motivated by the desire of some African thinkers to promote connecting the Human REsource in Africa with the dynamic efforts that seek to develop Africa through knowledge.Most of the work is inspired by the work VACID Africa has been doing in Agriculture and ICT4D/ICT4Ag and will therefore ride on the RAVAAK Model of telecentre promoted by VACID Africa. It shall further benefit from the…See More
Sep 30, 2013
Kiringai Kamau posted a blog post

Resources, Aquaculture, Value Addition, Agribusiness and Knowledge (RAVAAK) Centres

I have published some photos on the model of agribusiness practices that I have been engaged with.I wish to explain the rationale of the RAVAAK model in the paragraphs below:ResourcesWith so much work going on on Natural Resources, we have integrated Resources focus to define the work that people can discuss, see or even share knowledge on in the community telecentre that we work with smallholder farmers to create.AquacultureBut it is the aquaculture, for which we are carrying out a project…See More
May 29, 2013
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May 29, 2013
Kiringai Kamau replied to Lalantha Ferdinando's discussion Community Strategies for Converting the Rural IT or Comunication Shops into TCs
"The biggest challenge all the time when digital opportunities arise is the model of their exploitation or harnessing. Technology-based sustainable development is normally realized where there are enterprises around which to create manageable…"
Jan 19, 2012

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Academic/research, Nonprofit organization, Telecentre
VACID Africa
Job Title
Value Chain Analyst
About Me (biography or organization description)
About Kiringai,
Kiringai is a Telecentre enthusiast, a Rural Finance and Cooperative Business Consultant, an Agricultural Products Value Chain Analyst, a Commonwealth Certified Company Director and a trainer in corporate governance; he sits on the board of a number of companies. He is also a development consultant using his strength in corporate governance in public and private organizations to promote probity in the management of such institutions. He is well versed with the integration of ICT and Value addition to community owned SME institutions at the grassroots level. He spearheads the integration of agricultural value chains optimization with value addition and cottage industry development for which he has launched an Africa-wide NGO, VACID Africa, to promote value addition and cottage industry development. He is skilled in community based financial systems delivery through microfinance and cooperatives and has designed a national community finance model which was adopted by the Kenya Parliament to become a Constituency Development Fund for Kenya. He has also designed the mechanism for the creation of public funds starting with the Water Services Trust Fund, the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, and Women Development Fund. His value chain focus has culminated to the creation of Value Addition and Cottage Industry Development (VACID –Africa) Initiative for which he is the Board Chair.

Kiringai is a process consultant and ICT-Business integration expert currently working to create a Kenya-wide e-marketplace websites one for the agricultural sector and the other for the country’s development in general, which will promote international trading for African value added produce.

As international consultant in SMEs, Kiringai is always keen in the promotion of governance systems that deliver support to all stakeholders. He registered as a CGAP IS Fund Consultant promoting the use of ICT in the microfinance sector. He has offered consulting in Donor Programme formulation that seeks to mainstream SME in their effort to focus on pro-poor initiatives. He is a social entrepreneur in his own right with his exploits visibly demonstrated in the businesses that he has founded that touch on start-ups/incubatees, communities, and rural development at and

About VACID Africa
VACID Africa is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created in 2007 in order to spearhead the development of value addition and cottage industries at the grassroots level. In doing this, the key objective is to contribute to employment creation in the rural areas and income generation for farmers and other rural people. Value addition includes any activity that leads to an increase in the price a farmer receives for what he sells or to a decrease in the cost of the inputs and services he buys. Value addition therefore includes activities before and post-harvest that result in higher value for the farmer’s produce. Typically one thinks of activities such as cleaning, grading, packaging, storage and processing as adding value to farmers’ produce. However, the term covers much more.

Value Chain Approach
In the context of VACID programmes, the starting point for value addition processes is the activities farmers are already engaged in. The idea is to support farmers improve from their level (bottom-up) rather than force ideas onto them (top-down). Given that different farmers and communities are active with different products, there are varieties of opportunities for value addition and cottage industries for different farmers/communities. Farmers do not operate in a vacuum but depend on the support of a variety of service providers, both public and private, from pre-production to post-harvest. VACID works along a commodity’s value chain and interacts with the relevant actors along the chain, from production of raw produce to the marketing of the final valued added product and the final engagement of payment systems and processes.
Areas of Interest/Expertise and Types of Services Provided
Telecentre Sustainability
Agricultural Value Chains
Integration of ICT to Agricultural Value Chains
Sustainable Livelihoods
ICT Backed Entrepreneurship
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Nyaku House, Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham, Naironbi
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Resources, Aquaculture, Value Addition, Agribusiness and Knowledge (RAVAAK) Centres

I have published some photos on the model of agribusiness practices that I have been engaged with.

I wish to explain the rationale of the RAVAAK model in the paragraphs below:


With so much work going on on Natural Resources, we have integrated Resources focus to define the work that people can discuss, see or even share knowledge on in the community telecentre that we work with smallholder farmers to…


Posted on May 29, 2013 at 8:30pm

Social Enterprise Programme (SEP) 25th August 2011

The SEP was designed to have a short Thursday when people could visit the historical sites in Chennai, visiting the historical touristic sites that unfortunately were hit hard by the Tsunami. 


The workshop was however was not without its interesting discussions on social enterprise as we had this discussion on the education system in India and how own social entrepreneur has impacted on the education system in the country influenced the legal structure and the practice of…


Posted on August 26, 2011 at 9:08am

Social Enterprise Programme 24th August 2011

I have learned that there is reason to trust every day to bring a new opportunity, a new challenge and dimension to issues that face us...this came live today when the visit to the second of the host organization site took longer than everybody expected. We were to visit the site which we understood was only 100km meaning in our mind that it would take an hour. It took 3 hours going and 3 hours coming back. You can imagine how much exasperated some of the team members in my group…


Posted on August 25, 2011 at 1:32am

Social Enterprise Programme 23rd August 2011

fWhen you are in a new country and exposed only to the new things that a community you know may be keen to know about regarding what you are doing, then you cannot help but tell the story of the day every day.


Again it is a promise I made to many of you my community network colleagues, both in India and in…


Posted on August 24, 2011 at 1:30am

Social Enterprise Programme 22nd August 2011

I arrived this morning in Chennai, India, courtesy of a programme that is being facilitated by resource personnel from Harvard University and the Great Lakes Institute of Management of Chennai.


The basis behind this programme is to explore whether what we do at community level can be rejuvenated by looking at it from the sustainability perspective of a social enterprise.


The first session started in the afternoon by looking at two social…


Posted on August 23, 2011 at 12:00am

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At 12:43pm on August 29, 2011, Seu Yapa said…

Thank you Kiringai.. Sure .. I hope we will be able to meet again. Hope you had a wonderful tour to India. Lots of love all the way from Colombo.


At 2:32pm on August 24, 2011, Seu Yapa said…

Hi Kiringai...

Many thanks for the blogposts on your Indian tour. Visit Sri Lanka as well. We are located close to India :D



At 4:55pm on July 13, 2011, Dr. Kenneth Kirenge muchiri said…

I acknowledge my short stint at VACID AFRICA in enabling me apply Value addition in Livestock and Livestock products marketing at Samaritan's Purse International Relief in Kenya's South coast. I have witnessed networked marketing fetch as much as KES 10,000 for one Galla goat in a place where goats used to fetch a low of KES 1500. I believe in progressive community Change via information dissemination and resource management.

 Thumbs up Kiringai. Muchiri Kirenge ( Program Coordinator, Samaritan's Purse international relief Kwale.

At 8:59pm on November 1, 2010, Constant Immanuel Adeya said…
Mr. Kiringai am very proud to be associated with you in especially through your innovative programs that have changed my life to better.In early 2002 your institution (Willpower) offered me scholarship to study Microfinance and Community Development which opened doors for me in development work.The study enabled me to secured employment with World Bank for 6 Months contract and currently with CARE international in Kenya.It has also enabled me to take a degree course( Agricultural and extension program) from University of Nairobi.When my history is written the name Kiringai Kamau and Wiilpower institute has to feature in.May God bless you and give you more innovative approaches to change the lives of many youths as you did to me.
At 2:08pm on October 15, 2009, Seu Yapa said…
Dear Friends,
Hope you have received my message :))
At 10:05pm on May 16, 2009, Rabson Mwale said…
Glad to be on the telecentre we have started the value chain concepts and in January the whole we were in Mozambique. Need more information on how best i can utilise this system.
At 10:00pm on May 16, 2009, Rabson Mwale said…
Glad to hear join the telecentre ah we have already started implementing the value chains and in January we were in Mozambique. I need more information on how best i can utilise this system. What are the does and dontsneed more information.
At 5:15pm on May 7, 2009, Dr Ashish Kumar Verma said…
At 5:14pm on May 7, 2009, Dr Ashish Kumar Verma said…
Hello Kiringai, I am doing MBA in development & sustainable finance. presently I am working on a project "Alternate channels of credit(micro) delivery"and I have to use ICT for this purpose.
I am very much curious about your community based financial model could you please tell me something more about that
At 3:24am on May 5, 2009, simon pierre YONTU said…

merci pour les gentils mots de bienvenues en kiswahili it is a great pleasure for me to joindyou in this huge opportunity to help peoples to really understandtheir selves by our discussons
and eschanges
thanks once more
merci beaucoup

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