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All Blog Posts Tagged 'africa' (99)

Join the professional discourse at AKIN Africa Network

This post is a call to invite you to the AKIN Africa Network and to introduce some thoughts that made the idea become what it now is – a beginning.

We shall have a weekly discourse which may at times be interviews to individuals and reported here for further discussion. If you have the ability to steer any of our efforts...kindly volunteer by sending me an email.

With that said and having been involved in the telecentre movement for the last five years, one thing has… Continue

Added by Kiringai Kamau on October 27, 2010 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Formation of AKIN Africa

The single biggest challenge facing telecentres is sustainability. Sustainability as articulated by Gro Harlem Brundtland (1987), WCED, is: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

With so much appeal that telecentres court, at the moment, in the eyes of our development partners in Africa, they will definitely attract a lot support. The questions we must ask ourselves are:

1. For how… Continue

Added by Kiringai Kamau on October 18, 2010 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Telecentre movement and how it provides and speed up e-services to community

sudan sunta 3GDCO.pdf is a community of people and organizations working together to improve the social and economic impact of grassroots Telecentres. It is a strong public private partnership (PPP) for community development. is a worldwide network of people and organizations committed to increasing… Continue

Added by AHMED SUDAN on October 17, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

AgKnowledge Africa’ Share Fair in East Africa


Written by Dean Mulozi

AgKnowledge Africa’ Share Fair in East Africa set to increase Agricultural and Rural Development knowledge platforms among southern African Telecentres The… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on October 15, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Where is the telecentre movement in Sub Sahara Africa?

My friend Ravi sent me a post on the achievements of the telecentre movement in learning and agribusiness in Egypt. It was interesting reading. We indeed do have many unsung successes in Africa. But every opportunity is grabbed by our country strategists who choose to visit "success cases in ICT" out there, and they will troop to Asia and wherever there is reason to take longer out there! The motivation is known to you and to me in equal measure.

Since telecentre initiatives have to… Continue

Added by Kiringai Kamau on October 11, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Southern African Telecentre Network- Regional Planning Workshop Report- Download Available


The Southern African Telecentre Network (SATNET) and ICT organisations assembled in Lusaka from 23rd to 25th June 2010. In order to scale up the work of the regional telecentre network and facilitate economic development in… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on September 29, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Small tech grants, big differences for rural women


Women in rural areas play a central role in the agricultural economy of their region, which means that they often work long hours, leaving little time for learning how to use new technologies. Yet, access to new technologies affect both men and women in remote areas. In a new publication, GenARDIS 2002 – 2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on September 28, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Afro-Colombian Women Fight Prejudice by Embracing Technology

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By AL for APCNews- MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 09 August 2010

On an improvised stage “Bombón de chocolate” (Chocolate Candy) is being performed. The play, which narrates the story of an African-Colombian girl who feels rejected because of the colour of her skin, is one of the events at a special day on drug addiction and violence organised… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on August 11, 2010 at 11:46am — No Comments

East African Community adopts one laptop per child initiative

The East African Community (EAC) has partnered with the One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a US-based non-profit organisation whose mission is to help provide every child in the world access to a modern education.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the EAC and OLPC, the two organisations agreed to work together to leverage the advantages of the laptops in transforming primary school education and to promote strategies for better access to laptops and connectivity… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on May 3, 2010 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Networks with a purpose e-conference

I post here my contribution to the Africa Network with a purpose e-conference that is currently being facilitated by UgaBYTES. My post reflects my own fears that much as the telecentre is a wonderful initiative, Africa seems not to harness it the way other continents seem to be doing.

In my view, the problem comes from the fact that we seek to learn from 'other success cases out there' rather than creating what stands to succeed if created from our own leaning. My fist post for week… Continue

Added by Kiringai Kamau on April 30, 2010 at 4:11am — 1 Comment

Networks with a Purpose | what's next for Africa!

The past five years of have been eventful especially in creating telecentre networks; in Africa alone telecentre networks have grown from three to 20 plus. Foundation now wants to help networks to focus energies to activities that impact livelihoods of telecentre users better. In order to formulate good strategies for this purpose, is organizing an African discussion on UgaBYTES mailing list to capture the opinions of telecentre and… Continue

Added by Sulah Ndaula on April 17, 2010 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments


IBM, Tanzanian Government collaborate on education

8th April 2010

IBM has signed a collaboration agreement with the Tanzanian government, aimed at supporting the adoption of information technologies and developing the country’s R&D capacity. The agreement will help Tanzania increase its competitiveness in the global marketplace by providing better access to technology and educational resources.…


Added by Francis Mwathi on April 9, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments


Why Africa must develop broadband

30th March 2010

The Executive Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, last week said that the development of broadband in Africa will help the continent to attain speedy human resources

development.EVC stated this at the final day of the Economic Community of West

Africa States (ECOWAS), stakeholders…


Added by Francis Mwathi on April 1, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Visiting KIFAD Resource Centre in Kampala

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The ICT4Uganda Research team had the opportunity to visit the Kiyita Family Alliance for Development (KIFAD) la few weeks ago. KIFAD is a local community based Non Governmental Organization with its headquarters in Nansana Town Council in the Wakiso District of Kampala. As they explain in their mission statement, “KIFAD stands out to challenge and respond to causes and consequences of disease, poverty… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on April 1, 2010 at 7:17pm — No Comments


ICT to drive African development

24th March 2010

Africa needs to develop and deploy ICT technologies to improve governance, service delivery, build capacity and ensure citizen empowerment. This is according to stakeholders present in Maputo, Mozambique at

the 4th annual e-Governance Africa Forum organized by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO). Leaders in ICT and government representatives gathered… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on March 26, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Broadband Internet prices finally going down

Yesterday (23rd May 2010) I walked into Uganda Telecoms Limited’s temporary offices at Posta Uganda (Their state of art Rwenzori Court location is under renovations) to fulfill my monthly obligations of paying for my internet connection. While this is nothing out of the ordinary for me, this time I was in for a pleasant surprise. The smartly dressed lady on the other side of the counter told me that my bill was approximately 40 US dollars. Suspecting some sort of mistake I promptly pointed out… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on March 24, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

The Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN)

The Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN) started an Online Consultation on how they Strengthen APTN? I think this a good idea to replicate in all our Telecentre groups or regions or countries and later we can summarize…


Added by AHMED SUDAN on March 20, 2010 at 1:54pm — No Comments


Social media envoys to post and tweet for malaria control, UN official says

15th March 2010

The United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria is today launching a new group of high-profile Internet users to inspire and involve social media audiences in the effort to combat the disease. The UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers, says the group's members will utilize their social profile to focus online and…


Added by Francis Mwathi on March 19, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Google Software Contest for African Students

Search engine giant, Google, has announced the start-off of it's annual African software programmers competition which is coming hot on the heels of it's recent launch of map domains shoeing an elaborate and very extensive navigable map of thirty African countries.

This competition named Google Code Jam Africa will throw African computer students against each other as they flex brain muscles trying to break software codes and algorithmic whizzes designed by the most

ingenious… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on March 17, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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