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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog – March 2012 Archive (16)

Empowering Women through ICT

Source: Soul Beat Africa

"If access to ICTs can promote sustainable socio-economic development and women lag behind, a significant portion of the world's population must be aided by a targeted approach."

From the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (Spider) ICT for Development (ICT4D) Series No. 4, this publication looks at recently concluded…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 30, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Infrasat indicates reactivation of telecentres as a goal for 2012

source: arctel-cplp.org

Luanda – The Angolan company of telecommunications via satellite, Infrasat, intends to restore the expansion of the rural Liga-Liga telephony services in the first half of 2012. This initiative is marked with the reactivation of up to 600 antennas or telecentres, said the executive director of the Institution, Antonio Rocha, in…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 27, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

NGO builds three ICT centres in Northern Ghana

A non-governmental organisation in Ghana, CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education), is currently building three ultra-modern Information Communication Technology (ICT) centres, backed by Google’s Cooperate Giving Council.

Construction is currently underway in the Nanumba North (Bimbilla), Mamprusi East (Gambaga)…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 27, 2012 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Rwanda launches next stage of their ICT development plan

Source: IT News Africa

Rwanda on Tuesday officially launched the third phase of their National Information and Communication Infrastructure Policy.

The government’s national ICT plan runs in 5 year cycles, and was created in order to gauge progress in the delivery of ICT services. The first cycle, which…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 27, 2012 at 1:28pm — No Comments

ALIN Wins 2012 UNESCO IPDC Prize

Arid Lands Information Network - ALIN runs a number of telecentres branded as "Maarifa" (Knowledge) Centres providing free access to the internet, computers, computer skills and public library services to communities residing is some of the remotest and driest parts of East Africa. Its director Mr. James Nguo has been awarded a top Unesco prize for promoting rural communication in East Africa in line with ideals of the United…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 27, 2012 at 12:38pm — No Comments

ICTs are key to growth and inclusion in post-revolution Tunisia

source: infodev

According to a new report commissioned by infoDev, information and communication technologies (ICTs) can reduce regional disparities in Tunisia by accelerating economic development and social inclusion. The unemployment rate is between 20 to 30% in the more isolated interior, compared to less than 10% in the main coastal cities.

To view the French version of this press release,…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 20, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Ghana’s Internet speed ranked highest in Africa

Source: myjoyonline

Ghana has been ranked number one in Africa as the country with the highest Internet speed, according to the latest global internet speed report released March 5, 2012 by US-based, Ookla.

Ookla is the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications, and its report was based on millions of recent test results from…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 20, 2012 at 12:10am — No Comments

USAID to Support ICT Developments in Kenya

The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) this morning signed a memorandum of understanding with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in a bid to develop a National Broadband and a Universal Service Fund Strategy. Through this agreement, USAID will provide the commission with technical assistance…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 20, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

British Council partnering with Microsoft to transform education in Africa

Source: eLearning Africa

In November 2011, the British Council and Microsoft began a five-year education and training partnership by launching the African Digital Schools project. Eighty digital hubs using Windows MultiPoint Server will be established at schools in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda in order to promote ICT use and enhance teaching practice. Claire Ighodaro CBE, an Independent Director at the British Council shares…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 12, 2012 at 8:14pm — No Comments

West African e-twinning project makes gains

Source: eLearning Africa

Working collaboratively online helps educators develop teaching material that transcends national boundaries and reaches learners of different cultures. This has been the experience of teachers taking part in an ongoing e-twinning pilot study involving hundreds of 9-13 year olds at ten schools in Burkina Faso, France, Senegal…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 12, 2012 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Women wanted for Kenya’s ICT sector

source: in2eastafrica

Kenya’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Board of Research says women make up only 15% of that country’s ICT workforce.

This figure has prompted a response from empowerment groups seeking to encourage women to find careers in the sector.

Organisations, such as female tech empowerment group…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 7, 2012 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Gov’t of Rwanda wants intensive use of ICT in the agriculture sector

Source: newtimes

The government through Rwanda Development Board (RDB) wants an intensive application of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in the agriculture sector.

This is aimed at improving the sector to yields better results for economic development.

Agriculture has in the last 10 years contributed to the Rwanda’s economy quite significantly. Last year alone, the sector contributed 37.4 percent to Rwanda’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Information from…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 7, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Rwanda has 4th fastest internet in Africa

source: newtimes

Rwanda has been ranked fourth in Africa with high speed internet, after Ghana, Kenya and Angola in that order, according to Ookla NetIndex latest global internet speed report which was released on Monday.



The performance places Rwanda at 103rd position in the world with an average speed of 3.03 Megabits per second (Mbps). 



Speaking to…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 7, 2012 at 9:20pm — No Comments

HP, Clinton Foundation set up data centers in Kenya

Source: PC Advisor via balancingact-africa

Hewlett-Packard, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Kenya's Ministry of Public Health have completed the rollout of a series of data centers to connect laboratories and health centers as well as to support disaster-recovery efforts.

Under HP's Early Infant Diagnosis project, the…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 4, 2012 at 12:17am — No Comments

Mobile phones will not save the poorest of the poor

Source: WSIS

recent post on impact of mobile phones on the poorest of the poor refers to multiple studies on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), linking…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 1, 2012 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Working to bridge the ‘Gender digital divide’ in Uganda

Source: The Citizen Journalist

Youth Hub Africa recently ranked Maureen Agena amongst the 12 Young Social Activists to watch out for in 2012. She runs a blog called the citizen journalist from where the blog below is…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 1, 2012 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

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