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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (379)

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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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?



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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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

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