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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (359)

To Unite the Earth, Connect It

SEVENTY years ago, the United Nations was formed as the expression of a simple choice: cooperation instead of war. Humanity would stand as one against conflict, poverty and disease. All the world’s voices would be heard.

At least, that was the plan.

We’ve come a long way. We’ve…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 27, 2015 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Broadband Report 2015 launched in Geneva

“The State of Broadband 2015: Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development” report was launched by the Broadband Commission on 21 September 2015. It shows that the overall growth in broadband has decreased significantly over the last years and the gap between the people offline and online remains persistent. 57 % of…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 26, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Promoting gender equality through community media among refugees in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the countries in Africa with the highest number of refugees. More than 630,000 refugees from Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan are accommodated in 23 refugee camps spread across the country. The Government maintains an open-door-policy and continues to allow humanitarian access and…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 26, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Community radio stations in Kenya to exercise more accountability in the interest of the public

On 10 and 11 September 2015 UNESCO organized a mentoring workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, on local radio management for eight community radios taking part in the SIDA-funded project “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs.”

The two-day workshop saw participants deliberating on various management issues within their particular radio stations,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 26, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Telecentre managers welcome Irembo platform

On Thursday, telecentre  managers completed training on how to use Irembo Platform, an e-government portal developed and operated by ‘Rwanda Online’.

The trainees were drawn from the three districts of Kigali, namely Nyarugenge, Kicukiro and Gasabo, as well as upcountry districts of Bugesera and Gicumbi.

The aim of the training was to equip participants with the skills to…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 19, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

RTN and Ministry of ICT and Youth join hands to increase community access to ICT.

On 4th of May 2015, RTN signed a memorandum of understanding with Ministry of youth and ICT (MYICT) related to the increase of ICT services to the community. Specifically, the purpose of the MOU is to re-brand existing private ICT access point under RTN flagship into “Irembo centres” so as to promote and re-use them as recognized places where the citizens shall converge to access…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 18, 2015 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Top Tips for Training Outreach Workers on Mobile Data Collection.

Recently in the blog post entitled Top Tips for Converting Paper Forms to Digital Mobile Forms, I discussed Equal Access’ transition from paper-based to mobile Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) methods. A big part of my job at Equal Access is to not only to…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 18, 2015 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Microsoft YouthSpark expands youth programs for computer science education.

It gave Victoria Tran confidence and a possible career path. It’s giving Joey Cannon the opportunity he has long wanted. They’re among the high school students around the country benefitting from computer science education, something in short supply around the world, and in the U.S., where less than a quarter of…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 17, 2015 at 8:09pm — No Comments

E-governance to get social media push in villages

Given the hike in the penetration of smartphones across India, an influential RSS-BJP affiliated think tank is drawing up a policy document envisioning the e-governance blueprint of the Narendra Modi government. The initiative is aimed at…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 10, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Byculla hosts India`s first digi literacy center for disabled

Summary: From these, those with hearing and visual impairment account for nearly 50 per cent. Once trained, the students will be able to send emails, pay bills online, connect on social media, make purchases from ecommerce websites, along with being able to avail government services such as registering for Aadhar cards, ration cards and PAN cards. The course kicks off with…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 8, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

Nkandla’s girls; Can ICT save them? Community centres are trying to address years of oppression in rural KwaZulu-Natal, but is this battle futile?

For the girls in Nkandla, the future is for, the most part, bleak and hopeless. They live in poverty, with limited or no access to electricity and water and are oppressed by cultural norms. Many are in arranged marriages and are passed from one poor household to another. A girl’s value can be calculated at an estimated 11 cattle in lobola.

Their lives are a direct contradiction to the…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 7, 2015 at 4:39pm — 2 Comments

How Refugee Saharawis Use ICTs in Their Fight for Independence

The Story of Western Sahara

The formation of the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, started in 1975, when Spain sold off its former colony to Morocco and Mauritania, and a war now commenced between the POLISARIO (Sahrawi guerrilla movement) and Mauritania and Morocco.

It has now been 40 years since Morocco took the control of Western Sahara.…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 4, 2015 at 10:15pm — No Comments

'Nomadic' Internet opens up future of possibilities for Kenya

In partnership with Microsoft; Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communications; and Mawingu Networks Ltd., the Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Alliance is supporting the pioneering of a low-cost innovation to bring broadband (high-speed Internet and data transmission) to…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 2, 2015 at 4:12am — No Comments

Using Technology to Advance Human Rights in Kenya

Joseph Kitaka, a resident of Yatta in Machakos County, Kenya, has always had an interest in defending human rights. His community is faced with numerous challenges, including gender-based…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 29, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

UN Secretary General calls for use of ICT to tackle emerging development challenges

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has called for home grown technology based solutions to effectively deal with current and emerging development challenges. Speaking to young Kenyan technology innovators during his visit to iHub, an incubation facility for entrepreneurs and innovators in Nairobi, Ban Ki Moon…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 26, 2015 at 3:09pm — No Comments

2015 ICT Clinic for Girls ends in Tamale, Ghana.

Thirty (30) young girls selected from four basic schools in the Northern Region of Ghana are currently going through ICT skills training and mentorship programme in Tamale.

The weeklong programme dubbed “ICT Clinic for Girls” is an annual programme instituted by Savana Signatures as part of efforts to empower young girls to recognize and…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 22, 2015 at 4:20pm — No Comments

New online tool for seed selection in Kenya

Workshops and high-level summits are convened for various reasons, including for information dissemination, disclosure of new findings, shaping policy frameworks and efforts aimed at finding solutions to challenges that confront humanity.


One such meeting  was the International…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 20, 2015 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Illiteracy and high cost widen gender gap in ICT access

Many African women have less free time to experiment with new information and communication technology (ICT) and also experience twice as many challenges accessing the Internet as men do, a report on Uganda has shown.


The report by the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) says Ugandan women face challenges such as…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 20, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How Technology Can Revitalize the Worst Refugee Crisis of Our Time

Last year, the United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency reported that the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide exceeded 50 million people, the highest number reported since World War II. The majority of these refugees coming from Afghanistan and Syria are fleeing violent conflict and war torn communities, and are…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 19, 2015 at 12:51am — No Comments

ITWeb Brainstorm celebrates SA's women in tech

Brainstorm, ITWeb's monthly magazine for business technology decision-makers, is dedicating its August issue to the women in SA's tech industry.

In addition to its usual in-depth analyses of the topical enterprise IT issues, Brainstorm's August edition recognises women who have achieved amazing inroads into the male-dominated workforce, says Brainstorm editor…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 3, 2015 at 3:23am — No Comments

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