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June 2015 Blog Posts (16)

Library Services and Accessibility of eBooks for Persons with Disabilities

“Make more books accessible for your library; you do not have to be an expert about technology or accessibility to make a very useful contribution in your library and to readers with disabilities”.

To make a library accessible you need social and economic resources. Many improvements can be implemented…


Added by Nabil Eid on June 29, 2015 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Is Banking Accessible to Persons with Disabilities?

“Technology is important in the lives of persons with disabilities, we should not lose sight of the fact that more Accessible means more Inclusion, provide persons with disabilities with appropriate technology, support their wellbeing, and continue to build and embed an inclusive culture and enable them to…


Added by Nabil Eid on June 22, 2015 at 2:50pm — No Comments

4th Edition of the eNGO challenge Award: Recognising Best NGOs using ICT & digital tools for development

The eNGO Challenge aspires to create an ecosystem by recognizing and honoring NGOs which are using Information Communication Technology (ICT) and digital media tools for good governance and practices that are benefiting societies…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 19, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Digital skills: new national coalitions for Digital Jobs to be launched in Belgium, Cyprus, the Netherlands and the UK

4 new National Coalitions for Digital Skills and Jobs in Belgium, Cyprus, the Netherlands, and the UK were announced today at the Workshop Digital Skills for the Digital Single Market of the European Digital Assembly in Riga. There are now 12 national partnerships inspired by the EU's Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, launched in 2013 to overcome the…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 18, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Four Million Rwandan Youth to participate in #YouthConnektMonth activities

Themed “Twahisemo Kuba Umusingi w’Iterambere” roughly translated as (We Choose to Be the Foundation of the Country’ Development), the YouthConnekt Month will be an opportunity for over Four Million Rwandan youth to clearly demonstrate their contribution in the country’s economic transformation.

YouthConnekt Month 2015 will include ICT activities to…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 18, 2015 at 3:02am — No Comments

TAIFA, Kenya’s First Locally Assembled Launched.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has rolled out Taifa Laptop to the Kenyan market.

The TAIFA Brand Laptop is a product of the Nairobi Industrial and Technological Park (NITP). NITP is a Kenyan vision 2030 flagship project between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Tecnology (JKUAT) and the Ministry of…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 16, 2015 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Orange launches the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize

Orange is launching the call for applications for the 5th edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize. This initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects which help to accelerate development on the African continent.

The prize will recognize three projects with grants of 10,000, 15,000 and…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 16, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Telecare, Assistive Technology and ICT accessibility for Persons with Dementia

“Don't forget the elderly people, they need lots of hands, love and support”

The proportion of elderly people in our society is growing at an unprecedented rate and with life expectancy also increasing; more and more people are likely to also be affected.

The number of persons with…


Added by Nabil Eid on June 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Kenyan Systems Go Digital With Over 400,000 Kenyans Now On Ecitizen Platform.

Over 400,000 Kenyans have registered on the eCitizen payment platform and with over 8,000 transactions have been made averaging to a total revenue collection of about Ksh. 10 million daily.

This was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury, Hon. Henry Rotich as he presented the 2015/2016 Budget in Parliament. Hon. Rotich presented a 2.1 trillion Kenyan shillings budget which is a 17 per cent…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 15, 2015 at 10:58pm — No Comments

MTN Cameroon selects Userful Desktop for Digital Schools Project.

The MTN Cameroon Foundation, in partnership with Cameroon’s Ministry of Secondary Education, recently chose Userful Desktop as the computing platform for its Digital Schools Project.

The Digital Schools Project will install 15 multimedia centers over the next year in the 10 regions of…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 15, 2015 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Kenya: Tech to deliver education to visually impaired students

A total of 356 blind and visually impaired students at St. Oda Primary and secondary School for the Blind – Gem District, Siaya County will benefit from assistive learning technologies through an initiative dubbed “Computer Labs for the Blind” courtesy of a partnership between InAble, AccessKenya, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The program seeks to…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 15, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Community Information Resource Centres Are Hubs For Empowerment Using Digital Tools.

Community Information Resource Centres (CIRCs) provide DEF the basic backbone needed for rolling out all kinds of digital interventions for development. They are set up in rural and semi-urban areas of backward districts with computers, printers, scanners and all basic digital equipment together with Internet…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 10, 2015 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Nigerian offline library opens access to all

An ambitious offline project plans to give millions of students in the developing world access to online resources. 

More than 110 million people in Nigeria are still not connected to the internet largely because of poor infrastructure and a lack of fibre and mobile networks make it expensive and unreliable.

But now an ambitious project aims to give millions of students in the country…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 10, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Inspire youth to develop ICT skills and stimulate positive social change

Geneva, 8 June 2015 – President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated today as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva.

This builds on the BYND2015 Youth Summit organized by ITU in San José, Costa Rica in 2013 where young participants from around the world…


Added by Yuliya Melnyk on June 8, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

How to Implement Electronic Payments in Development Programs; A New USAID ToolKit

Have you read the USAID Procurement Executive Bulletin NO. 2014-06 that promotes the use of electronic payments at the procurement/assistance planning and award stages? Specifically, it states:

USAID has determined that electronic payment systems are a…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 4, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Uganda: Govt. plans to set up ICT Hub

As a way of creating an enabling environment for information and communications technology (ICT) development, which can eventually lead to the transformation of Uganda into a knowledge-based country, the government through the ministry of ICT is set to establish an innovation fund to assist…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 2, 2015 at 2:17am — No Comments

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