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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (323)

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

ICT skills set to develop with new MOU in Kenya

The ICT Authority and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will, among other things, see Microsoft offer support in providing a platform that will enable ICT skills training for up to 300 000 teachers.

According to the memorandum, proposed areas of training will include proficiency in Microsoft Technologies, Microsoft Teach with Technology…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 28, 2015 at 12:42pm — No Comments

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

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