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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (340)

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

Cabinet Secretary lauds digital jobs agenda

Kenya’s Digital Divide Data Kenya, a local BPO/ITeS company, has been lauded by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Dr Fred Matiang’i, for a job well done in championing digital jobs agenda for the undeserved.

He was speaking during a tour of the company’s BPO project, where Digital Divide Data Kenya highlighted how digital jobs are…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on October 10, 2013 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Rwanda embraces e-Government

The Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in collaboration with the National IT Promotion Agency (NIPA) of South Korea, has embarked on a development of a comprehensive e-Government Master Plan.

The goal of e-Government Master Plan Project is to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of government-to-government…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on October 10, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Minister urges girls in Rwanda to embrace ICT

Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has urged young people, especially girls, to embrace the use of ICT. He called upon girls to welcome ICT to maximise opportunities it offers.

He was speaking during an ICT Literacy and Awareness campaign in Nyamagabe District in Southern Province, where hundreds of girls were…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on October 10, 2013 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Women could be most promising emerging market

A new report released by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender reveals a ‘significant and pervasive’ ‘tech gap’ in access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Globally, the report estimates that there are currently 200 million fewer women online than men,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 26, 2013 at 5:42pm — 1 Comment

Malawi Cabinet adopts ICT Policy

The Malawi cabinet yesterday adopted a national ICT policy which was first drafted in 2006 but was sent back as it left out other crucial elements when it was first developed.

In an interview after the adoption, Minister of Information and Civic Education Moses Kunkuyu told Biztech Africa that they will be coming up with a statement today to…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 13, 2013 at 11:08pm — No Comments

A smartphone that detects eye diseases in Kenya


Simon Kamau, 26, has been in almost constant pain since he was a playful three-year-old and accidentally pierced his eye with a sharp object, but smartphone technology now offers hope.

His family live in an impoverished part of rural Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley region and could not afford the…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 8, 2013 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Cost-effective, VSAT-based 3G trialled in Kenya

Intelsat, the world's leading provider of satellite services, and Japan-based SoftBank Mobile Corp. today announced the successful trial of a cost-effective, rural 3G mobile phone service in Kenya. Intelsat supported the demonstration through capacity on the Intelsat 10 satellite and via the company's teleport in Fuchsstadt, Germany.

The partners say…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on September 3, 2013 at 2:21pm — No Comments

The Digital Divide Is Still Leaving Americans Behind

At one Newark public high school, accessible Wi-Fi can be more valuable than a bus ride home.

In Newark, a city with one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., many Newark Leadership Academy…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 27, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

New body to oversee Kenya’s ICT sector

The newly created Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) will oversee Kenya’s ICT sector.

The new body follows consolidation of three entities: ICT Board of Kenya, the e-Government Directorate and the Government Information and Technology Services (GITS) which were charged with various roles in the ICT industry.



Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 22, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Microsoft to provide 1000 scholarships

Global software giant Microsoft is offering scholarships to 1 000 youth so they can pursue degrees in computer science and business administration.

The offer is to study through the first institution that has partnered with Microsoft, the University of the People, an online university. As part of the scholarship, Microsoft is making work space available at several of its innovation…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 16, 2013 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Educators welcome govt decision to introduce ICT in schools in Ivory Coast

Educators in Ivory Coast say they welcome the government’s decision to introduce ICT as a new subject at grassroots level.

“Now the government is talking, and finally doing something about promoting ICT education,” schoolteacher Paul Aka told Biztechafrica.

”We have some of the lowest computer literacy levels in the region, and even in the…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 16, 2013 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Study exposes shortcomings in Malawi’s ICT indicators

A study by a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant engaged by the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) of Malawi to weigh up how the process of implementing the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program - Malawi (RCIPMW) is ongoing, has exposed glaring challenges to come with the country’s ICT indicators.

The consultant, Dr. Paulos…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 6, 2013 at 2:10am — No Comments

Ghana ICT for education plan on track

The Ghana government has provided 459 schools and institutions with fully furnished and equipped ICT laboratories and Internet access.

This is according to the Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, says so far, 38 colleges of education, 37 national vocational training institutes, 26 technical institutes, 10 youth leadership…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 6, 2013 at 1:34am — No Comments

European Digital Woman of the Year™ Award!

The 2013 Digital Woman of the Year™ Award is destined for a woman*, 18 years of age or older, who lives and/or works in Europe and distinguishes herself through leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, social-focus and/or innovative discoveries, and who is positively impacting the number of girls and women participating in digitally-driven or digitally-enabled…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 26, 2013 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Kenya and Nigeria account for over half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s internet users

The World Bank’s African Development Indicators has released its 2012/2013 report, showing 62 per cent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s internet users are from Nigeria and Kenya

The report gives a detailed collection of data in Africa ranging from national fiscal and external accounts, millennium development goals,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 24, 2013 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Sh250bn ‘Digital Kenya’ plan starts to click, byte by byte

The government has embarked on a Sh257 billion plan to turn Kenya into a knowledge-based economy by 2017, through provision of high-speed and reliable Internet services.

The five-year National Broadband Strategy envisages a country where broadband will be delivered to individuals, homes and businesses with a minimum speed of 5…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 24, 2013 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Digital divide widens in The Gambia

Muhammed Jawara's lessons never last more than half an hour. Teaching ICT at a secondary school in the Gambian village of Sohm, where there is no mains power source, means when the battery of the clapped-out donated laptop he uses to teach with dies, class is over.

To charge this laptop for his next class,…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 24, 2013 at 12:37am — No Comments

Reminder of the Maker Party: a Mozilla Open Online Collaboration for Webmaker Mentors

This is a reminder of the Mozilla Webmaker Party which started on June 15th and will end on September 15th. If you haven't joined yet, this is the time! Here is the original blog about it and an update of the event below.

Is this for me?

Estimated time:…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

USPF distributes 120,000 PCs to schools

Nigeria’s Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), has distributed about 120,000 personal computers to 1200 public secondary schools across the country to date. The Executive Secretary of USPF, Abdullahi Maikano disclosed this last week when the House Committee on Communications visited one of the USPF…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 15, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments

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