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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (359)

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,…


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…


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, …


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…


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…


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

The New Cop in Town: Citizen COP Promoting Public Safety in India via ICT

In recent years India has been marred by multiple high profile rape cases that have generated international backlash. The brutal 2012 rape and murder of a 23 year old medical student on a bus in Delhi sparked protests across India, and became a…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on February 16, 2015 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Malawi farmers using telecentres ‘for wrong purpose’

Malawi] Farmers in Malawi are not making full use of telecentres that provide valuable information and communication technology (ICT) …


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on February 11, 2015 at 4:23pm — 4 Comments

Apply now for World Friends IT Volunteers 2015 Program

Need volunteers for your IT projects and training initiatives? Apply now for the World Friends IT Volunteers Program!

This program provides the recipient countries and organizations with Korean volunteers for their IT learning courses and other IT-related activities. Through the program, volunteers participate in IT projects such as maintenance or…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on February 10, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Rwanda's plans to advance digital literacy

Rwanda's ministry of Youth and ICT has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme to advance digital literacy in that country.

The ICDL programme enables the proficient use of ICT to empower individuals, organisations and society, through the development, promotion and delivery of quality certification programmes.



Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on February 3, 2015 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Rwanda Schools To Tap Into Advanced Technologies

T HE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION is considering helping schools fully exploit the opportunities offered by advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the country to improve the quality of education.

The Minister for Education, Prof. Silas Lwakabamba, said on Wednesday that though ICT was among the…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 23, 2015 at 4:21am — No Comments

ITU launches "Ebola-Info-Sharing" mobile application

ITU has launched a free mobile Application to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak. 

The "Ebola-Info-Sharing" mobile App facilitates coordination among organizations responding to the Ebola crisis and offers the general public access to the latest Ebola news from official sources, including an interactive map…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 30, 2014 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

A new dawn for access to Government services through Huduma - telecentres in Kenya.

Going by the name "Huduma" centres which is a swahili word for service, the Kenyan Government has initiated a programme that aims to transform Public Service Delivery by providing citizens access to various Public Services and information from One Stop Shop citizen service centres through integrated technology platforms. The centres are set to be rolled out to all…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 9, 2014 at 3:11am — No Comments

Women of Uganda, Network!

Life in the 21st century is unimaginable without the dynamics of ICT, which are adding unprecedented dimensions to humankind’s interaction on global, economic and social levels. In 2000, gender equality and empowerment of women became the third Millennium Development Goal adopted by the United…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 7, 2014 at 1:09am — No Comments

New publication on empowering women entrepreneurs through technology

Women's small businesses are important contributors to economies, particularly in the informal sector. At the same time, institutional and systemic barriers, and legal gender inequalities, as well as socio-cultural norms and practices, often stymie the potential of women entrepreneurship.

These factors may cause constraints in such areas as women's access to finance, time…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 22, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Introducing Inveneo’s Solar-Powered WiFi Hat Initiative: The WiHat

In an effort to increase the reach of existing networks and contribute to efforts to connect the next billion Internet users, Inveneo has come up with a simple principle to guide development of their next big idea in wireless:  “Just use your head!”

Andris Bjornson, Inveneo’s CTO, hit upon the idea while walking down San…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 1, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

New book on Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN) as catalyst for rural transformation published by the International Labor Organization (ILO)

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has published a book on Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN) and Nyamata Telecentre entitled “Learning from Catalysts of rural transformation”. In additions to the Rwandan success story, the 247 pages book includes other 7 cases selected from 7 countries namely: Lativia, Brazil, Peru, Palestine, India, Benin and Cambodia…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 27, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments

How a Modern Library Keeps Mothers Healthy in Rural Ghana

I’d been living in Ghana for five months when I visited the Northern Regional Library in Tamale, a cavernous facility with white and cream-coloured walls that used to be a post office. What I found was rare and wonderful in a country high illiteracy rates and little access to computers: a…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 3, 2013 at 4:34am — 1 Comment

A technology revolution in Kenya's schools

When parents in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, found out that two schools in the vicinity had “special” new computers, they started signing their children up to attend.

Such was the level of interest that Amaf Primary and Elim Academy in Kawangware, a low-income settlement in Nairobi, now both have waiting lists,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on November 18, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Sharing Knowledge on Mobile Phones for Maternal and Child Health

Every minute at least one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, and every year 8.8 million children die before the age of five. We know what interventions make a difference on maternal and infant mortality. We now know that 1 billion women in low to middle-income countries own a mobile phone – a tool that can be used to engage, educate, and empower…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on November 4, 2013 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Gender ICT divide worsens in Senegal

The female illiteracy rate in Senegal stands at 61.3%, the World Bank says, while the World Economic Forum ranked this West African country 90th in its 2011 Global Gender Gap Index. Women overall have one chance in three less than men of benefiting from the African information society in Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali and Mauritania,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on October 10, 2013 at 4:46pm — No Comments

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