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January 2011 Blog Posts (32)

Kenya’s Online Behavior now classified

TNS Research International’s DigitalLife Survey results on social media and other online engagements in Kenya were launched late last year in Nairobi. The survey was conducted among urban dwellers in Kenya‘s three cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu with an aim of formalising exactly where the country stands in terms of engagement on the internet.


The study reveals major differences in regard to use of internet in the country such as the fact that in Kenya, most users…


Added by Francis Mwathi on January 31, 2011 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

Gender Equality, Development & the Information Society

Enthusiasm over da rapid growth of ICTs & their applications has generated a variety of projects that focus on fostering development. Many of these initiatives are directed at arresting da growing divide between countries & communities with access & mastery of new information technologies & those that lack these technologies. Access to ICTs is typically divided along traditional lines of development defining societies & countries into the “haves” & da “have notes” or…


Added by Samjhana Bhandari on January 31, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Public Private Partnership model for telecentre setup in Kenya.

Pasha is a Swahili word meaning “to inform”. The Pasha Project's key role is to provide Kenyans, especially from rural areas with access to information across the country.

Entrepreneurs across Kenya are invited to apply for new…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 28, 2011 at 3:46am — No Comments

Tackling eWaste in Africa with eLearning from UNEP

Source: eLearning Africa.


Old computers are piling up in Africa and the developing world. Electronic waste, eWaste, eScrap or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) contains deadly contaminants like lead, cadmium, beryllium and poisonous flame retardants. UN officials say the developing countries face the spectre of mountains of hazardous waste damaging the environment and threatening public health. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is now…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 28, 2011 at 2:01am — No Comments

Africa’s power shortages threaten the development of data centres and the cost of running base stations

Article Adapted from Balancing Act Africa

Issue no 538 21st January 2011


All this rolling out of complex mobile Internet services requires powerful local data centres to make it all work. Effective data centres need reliable power at predictable prices. There is a staggering power shortfall across the continent and prices will go up to cover future investment. With the one-year forecasts for oil putting it at over US$100 per barrel, the cost of servicing remote…


Added by Francis Mwathi on January 26, 2011 at 10:08pm — No Comments Honoured at the International Congress of Telecentres in Spain was recognized for its important contribution to the global telecentre movement at the International Congress of Telecentres held in Seville, Spain from 24-25 January. Richard Fuchs, Chair of the Foundation, gave an opening keynote speech in the congress and received the award… Continue

Added by Buenafe Abdon on January 26, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Ugandans to check voting status on phone

Ugandans can now check their voting status via their mobile phones at a cheap cost across all networks thanks to the new Electoral Commission service.

The simple sms sent to 8683 will avail the recipient all details about their voting status as indicted in the voters’ register like polling station, district, sub-county and county.

The Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Dr Badru Kiggundu launched the service which cuts across all mobile phone networks in Kampala…


Added by Sandra Nassali on January 25, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments

NetAfrica Consultative Meeting & African Telecentre Partnership Meeting, 13-16 Feb 2011, Kigali, Rwanda


February is a month that we at Foundation and the African Telecentre leaders are looking forward to…..why? because after months of discussing ways to work in the region, it is time to put everything in action. The main outcome of months of strategising our work in the region was the idea of…


Added by Anthony David on January 24, 2011 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

One Goal Education for All

Today, 72 million children in the world are denied the chance to go to school. These children could be our next generation’s leaders, sports stars, doctors and teachers. But they face a lifelong struggle against poverty.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Since 2000, 40 million more children are in school. Education beats poverty – and gives people the tools to help themselves.

1GOAL is…


Added by Nabil Eid on January 22, 2011 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Kogere Uses Solar energy to power their Lab

Kogere Community Knowledge Centre (KCKC) is a rural based community Information and Communications Technology (ICT) centre within a school Kogere Primary School, Sega village, Ugenya District, in Siaya County-Kenya.

KCKC is a constituent of Sega Silicon Valley available for the community. The centre enjoys use of an up to standard ICT lab that uses low power, solar…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 21, 2011 at 7:08pm — No Comments

A case of Telecentre Impact in a rural Community.

In 2005, a small town – Ugunja – in Siaya County knew little or nothing to do with ICT and the potential it has in creating jobs and self employment for youths, improving efficiency, entertainment, reducing isolation and making friends (social networks) perhaps then pen-pal correspondences through snail mail was at its peak – indeed the post office mail delivery service was booming, among other benefit.

This town had…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 21, 2011 at 6:41pm — No Comments

The eSkwela Project - Taking ALS to the next level

I would like to share an article on the eSkwela Project and the eSkwela Center in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, as featured on Manila Bulletin (also available at; a…


Added by Avelino Mejia, Jr. on January 19, 2011 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

Knowledge sharing session on Telecentre/ICT4D

Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) has organized a Knowledge sharing session on Telecentre/ICT4D practices in Bangladesh on 15th January 2011 at BRAC Center Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka.

Leading organizations who are working on ICT4D like Grameen Phone,, Grameen Communication, BTN,…


Added by Shahid Uddin Akbar on January 19, 2011 at 3:27pm — 1 Comment

Udubaddawa Nenasala ICT awareness Campaign 2011

Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala(Telecentre) has started a new ICT  awareness campaign for 2011. Main beneficiaries of this program is our grass root level school children. So we try to give some idea about what is ICT: How can they can make use…


Added by Nilupul Dananjaya on January 18, 2011 at 4:15pm — No Comments

The Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit II - Sharm El-Sheikh 2011

Dear Colleagues 
It is my pleasure to share with you that MENA network is participating now in The Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit II - Sharm El-Sheikh 2011
Tomorrow, Tuesday, I will give an intervention on ICT4D, telecentres, social entrepreneurship, networking and knowledge sharing using technology and ICT tools, in relation to youth empowerment and community and socio economic development. 
You can follow the straming…

Added by Karim A. Kasim on January 18, 2011 at 6:59am — No Comments

Udubaddawa Nisala Nenasala(Telecentre) is empowering Srilankan Police Officers

We UDUBADDAWA NISALA NENASALA(KOLAMAN FITNESS SPORTS CLUB)team has launched a new ICT empowering programme for POLICE Officers in Kurunengala district.We started this because Police department is going to let public people to give chance to make complain through the email and sms. So Udubaddawa Nenasala is going to empower the all the Police stations in Kurunengala district and already we held ICT workshop at Dummalasooriya Police Station in last Saturday…


Added by Santhusha Jayathilaka on January 17, 2011 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Amazing amount of content creation with social media: Participate


It would be cool to see the economic numbers behind this data--but I found this very interesting. What does it have to do with telecenters?  if you think about the voices of the unvoiced--this is just the beginning.  Contribute, share, and things will open. Empower your students, give them a voice. This activity mimics the brain. Synthesis is synopsis, syntax. Only by expressing and connecting does the node become existent--created. The rapid and exponential growth we will…


Added by Jan Herder on January 16, 2011 at 12:35am — 2 Comments

ICT in dissater response and recovery

Simple use of ICT , Social Media , Telecentres can help creating support networks that helps the relief process in Sri Lanka Floods 2011. ICT has a great capability in responding with infomation. When a disasters happen, people need information from top bottom. The infomation needs comes from the operational needs of relief.



Added by Niranjan Meegammana on January 15, 2011 at 6:46am — No Comments

Local Content Generation and Dissemination

In the current world of globalization, access to information is key to the development of a society. The increasing amount of information on the World Wide Web is a reflection of this fact. The question that arises is what amount of the content on the www did Africa contribute to?


In Ghana, the…


Added by Agbenyo John Stephen on January 13, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Jobs: Digital Divide Data (Kenya and East Africa region)

Digital Divide Data, social enterprise which bridges the divide that separates young people from opportunity by providing disadvantaged youth with the education and training they need to deliver world-class, competitively priced IT services to global clients, acquire essential business management skills, and break the cycle of poverty expand it's operations.


They are hiring…


Added by Pawel Makowiecki on January 13, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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