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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (314)

5 Highlights from the Women in STEM Cocktail at Connected East Africa Summit

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Kenya held a networking cocktail yesterday, 30th March, in a bid to get women in STEM to have meaningful discussions around the challenges they face and brainstorm on possible solutions. The cocktail was sponsored by ICT Authority in partnership with…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 14, 2015 at 4:40pm — No Comments

National ICT Quiz Competition – Sawla Girls Model Junior High School Tops

Sawla Girls Model Junior High School based in Sawla/Tuna/Kalba District in the Northern Region has won this year’s National ICT Quiz Competition.

The school represented by Tomah Lydia, Adams Janaba and Gien Monica scored a total of 69 points to beat Darul Hardis and Ho Poly Junior High Schools to win this year’s competition.

Darul Hardis JHS represented by Abdulai…

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

Ecommerce Insights From UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2015

Africa remains the region with the lowest penetration of ecommerce. As noted in the UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2015, Africa and the Middle East in 2013 accounted for about 2.2 per cent of global B2C ecommerce. There are few data at the country level, but estimates for the six countries…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 9, 2015 at 5:04am — No Comments

ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators Competition

The ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition is looking for young social entrepreneurs using innovative ICT-based ideas to encourage entrepreneurship in local communities around the world. These efforts can encourage entrepreneurs in any field, through incubation, skill building, mentorship, sharing resources and collaboration between small businesses. Participants must be between 18 and 30, and can have…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 7, 2015 at 4:47am — No Comments

CODE-A-THON: Coding a better Zambia

Are you a software developer? Are you interested in contributing code to the Zambia Vulnerable Children Information System (ZOMIS) of the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health? Are you interested to learn more about platforms and frameworks such as Django, JQuery and Bootstrap, RapidSMS, android app development, interaction with APIs?

Then…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 6, 2015 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Reading on Mobile Phones? mLiteracy Opportunities and Challenges

By Steve Vosloo

Recently, the Goethe Institute of Johannesburg hosted an mLiteracy Networking Meeting to examine the opportunities and challenges for mobiles to increase literacy development, especially in Africa. It was an incredibly valuable, interesting and much-needed gathering by some of the old and…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 6, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Cellphones for Women in Developing Nations Aid Ascent From Poverty

Essay by Melinda Gates

Here is what life is like for a woman with no bank account in a developing country. She keeps her savings hidden — in pots, under…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 6, 2015 at 5:26pm — No Comments

‘We had to get creative’: Digi-tales from Africa’s resourceful librarians

Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Today, libraries are just as important as they were in Carnegie’s time, serving as ‘e-hubs,’ where citizens can access scholarly research from around…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 1, 2015 at 4:52am — No Comments

Digital society at a crossroads: Do we want learners or consumers?

Digital literacy is just as important as reading, writing and maths. This is the message the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit organisation supporting open source projects, wants to spread as it powers forward to provide a web that’s empowering and educating people. Because, they say, “we can’t do it…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 1, 2015 at 4:16am — No Comments

From farmers to businesswomen: eLearning promotes economic empowerment

Women selling fruit, handicrafts, milk or eggs all have one thing in common: the main problem they have faced up until now is that they have had no way to access markets beyond the one down the road from their farm or home… until now.  

These women are at the heart of Kenya’s future. Out of a population of 38 million,…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 1, 2015 at 4:02am — No Comments

Tuko Works - Employability & Entrepreneurship Platform

In Africa, 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20% of the population. 



Africa’s population is growing fast and is experiencing a slow demographic transition, which will increase the pressure countries face with job creation. 

How do we support our youth to become more employable.

According to a UNDP discussion paper…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 26, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

What Lies Ahead for Technology? You Decide

From the telecentres perspective, what lies ahead for technology? Digital technology and the Internet have changed the lives of billions of people in the past 20 years. However, considering the continued rapid pace of technological development, we may be in the early stages of a much larger shift in our society.

The World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 24, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

New GSMA Report: Mobile Financial Services for the Unbanked

GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme has released its 2014 State of the Industry Report on mobile financial services. Published annually, the report provides industry practitioners with insights into the important developments taking place in mobile money,…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 11, 2015 at 12:36am — No Comments

Rwanda has the most affordable internet on the continent

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has ranked Rwanda as the African country with the most affordable internet. The Alliance announced the rankings at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. 

In the ‘Affordability Report’, countries are ranked according to various drivers such as effective broadband structures, enhanced competition, spectrum…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 10, 2015 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Malawi utilising ICT to promote public health messages in interactive radio drama campaign

Malawi has developed an innovative and highly successful interactive communications campaign in a quest to solve problems surrounding public health in the country. through a radio drama programme, which has reached over 55% of its target audience and encourages listeners to interact with the show using SMS and social media, key…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 10, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

ITWeb Brainstorm skills initiative kicks off

A dearth of ICT skills hampers SA's ability to compete internationally, and with less than 5% of high schools offering IT as a subject, there is little ability to address this shortage. So said Alfie Hamid,…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 9, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Jobs In South Africa: A Gift For Every Season.

When Ahmed Ismael,founding Director atSiyafunda Community Technology Centres (CTC), recently sent me an email saying that his…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 4, 2015 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Free Isn’t Sustainable: South Africa’s Entrepreneurs Find a Force Multiplier in Communities

Since I began writing about the Siyafunda Community Technology Centres (CTC), this group’s accomplishments in training and educating people in South Africa have been nothing short of spectacular. I recently talked with founding director, …

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on February 24, 2015 at 2:40am — No Comments

Be warned... you can't touch me anymore! - Innovative Mobile App Protects Children From Defilers In Kilifi, Mombasa, Kenya.

Seated outside a music shop in Kilifi, Charles Karisa watches in awe as five children play about, some 50 metres away from him. He loves children. He likens them to the four he begot with his wife.

Many thoughts are running through his mind — why would someone not love these bundles of joy? Why…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on February 23, 2015 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Free USAID Course: How To Use Mobile Data Solutions for Better Development Outcomes

Leading global development organizations are just beginning to utilize mobile technologies to improve the efficiency and quality of the data they collect, manage, analyze, and share. However, there is so much more the international development community could be doing with this powerful technology to make better decisions and meet broader global development goals.

Thankfully, you can now learn…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on February 17, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments

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