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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 16, 2015 at 3:26pm — 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on June 10, 2015 at 2:00pm — 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…

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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…

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

How to Implement an ICT4D Strategy in an International Development Organization

The growing access to information and communication technologies in developing communities is having a transformative effect on the way in which international relief and development organizations carry out their work, governments transform their economies and provide services to their citizens, businesses are investing in high-growth opportunities at the bottom of the…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 29, 2015 at 4:10am — No Comments

The City Of Johannesburg Driving Youth Employment, Innovation And ICT Growth

Driving Innovation and Entrepreneurship Through Critical Thinking

The City of Joburg has launched a programme to Educate Digital Interns (COJEDI) in Innovative modern age skills as part of the foundation phase of developing the Johannesburg smart city plan. The City has engaged the partnership of FiberCo, Microsoft, Cisco, Technology Innovation…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 25, 2015 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Microsoft, IICD launch 'Tizaa Works' to assist job seekers, entrepreneurs

Microsoft Ghana in partnership with the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) last Thursday launched  an online platform to facilitate job search, career counseling entrepreneurial training among other services.

Dubbed 'Tizaa Works', the platform will also serve as a hub for…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 24, 2015 at 2:45am — No Comments

‘Don’t overthink, just do it!’: Top 10 tips from Africa’s tech entrepreneurs

Few now doubt the potential of Africa’s tech scene. Analysts and economists the world over frequently cite Africa as the ‘next big thing’, primed to pick up the reigns from where the economies of the ‘Asian Tigers’ left off. The continent has always had entrepreneurs, but never before has so much attention been focused toward their activities, the success of which is…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 19, 2015 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Innovation and sustainable development: Strengthening linkages in the ICT ecosystem in Africa

Whereas developed countries have exploited innovation milieus (system) to develop new technologies and improve on old ones, in the case of Africa the path to technological development has been one of acquisition, utilization, adoption and (it is hoped) diffusion.  To attain the objective of both social and…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 19, 2015 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Key Success Factors for ICT4D Solutions for Base of the Pyramid Consumers

Over the past decade, many organizations have leveraged newly available broadband to set up sustainable projects that better include the base of the pyramid (BOP) in economic value chains as clients, producers, or employees.
 As a result, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) decided to commission a…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 17, 2015 at 9:50pm — No Comments

How ICT Can Have Socioeconomic Impact on Base of the Pyramid Consumers

ICT has long been talked about as a lever that would enable developing countries – and particularly the least developed ones – to take “shortcuts” to development by using the latest generation of equipment and software, hence avoiding the decades of trial and error that developed countries have gone through.

Indeed ICT has potential for a multiplying effect due to its ability to deliver information and expertise…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 9, 2015 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Gender-Violence 2.0: The Digital Safety Gap for Women

Technology not only has the power to connect people, but also the power to reinforce and disseminate social and cultural structures and help normalize gender roles. The technology revolution has brought new types of gender-based violence, including online discrimination, cyberbullying, cyberstalking,…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 9, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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