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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (297)

Jobs and Skills for Youth: How Telecentres can Make a Difference

Youngster completing Skillage application_telecentre Craiova

A young Romanian completes a Skillage application

The demand for employees with ICT skills in Europe is growing considerably: as many as 900,000 ICT job vacancies are forecasted to remain unfilled by 2015. At the same time, young Europeans are gravely affected by unemployment: 23.5% of Europeans under 25 years old are out of work. What is even more worrying is that 14 million young people in Europe are currently neither in employment, education, nor…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 28, 2013 at 9:08pm — 5 Comments

Achieving a disability-inclusive development agenda with ICTs - HLMDD 2013

​On Monday 23 September 2013, the UN General Assembly will hold a meeting in New York (USA) at the level of Heads of States to define the future global roadmap to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all development efforts. The meeting will have the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability inclusive…
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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 23, 2013 at 3:14am — No Comments

ICT against Inequality

Source: eLearning Africa

International Girls in ICT Day this year saw new projects set up worldwide to create an environment that encourages girls and young women, at present disadvantaged by a gender-based digital divide of worldwide prevalence, to consider careers in the field of ICT. But why is there a gender imbalance in the…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Building a generation of webmakers

Mozilla Webmaker wants to help you make something amazing with the web. We’ve got new tools for you to use,projects to help you get started, and a global community of creators…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 17, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

World leaders draw roadmap for women in ICT

Global leaders from the US, Europe, Africa and Asia joined together this week to debate and define a roadmap that will help break down barriers and overturn outmoded attitudes in a bid get more girls into technology-related studies and careers.

A high-level dialogue held at New York’s Institute of International Education and hosted by the International…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 15, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments

Analysis and Graphical Representation of the English Community Site

Since the birth of telecentre.org as a program under Canada’s International Development Research Centre back in 2005, until its evolution into a formal organization now known as Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF), it has worked with hundreds of networks…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 9, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Universal Service Funds to drive broadband in Africa

It is critical that African governments and the public sector work together more closely than ever to deliver universal broadband access across the continent if it is to drive economic growth, create jobs and provide a range of economic and social benefits.

That’s the key theme of this week’s Intel Africa USF & Broadband Leaders Forum, which…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 7, 2013 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Reprieve for Kenya’s Digital Villages

The Kenyan Government, through the Kenya ICT Board, will from May this year offer a 90 per cent subsidy on Internet purchase to all Digital villages.

Dubbed Pasha Centres, Swahili for information centres, the digital villages…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 7, 2013 at 8:59pm — No Comments

ICT to play key role in Malawi SME project

ICT development has been mentioned as one of the major component of a project that Malawi is about to embark on aimed at promoting Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs) and job creation.

A notice issued by the Government in the local newspapers said the Government of Malawi has received financing from the African Development Fund (ADF) towards the…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 7, 2013 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Impact Economy Innovations Grant Fund

The Rockefeller Foundation and The Tony Elumelu Foundation invite proposals from organizations interested in receiving support for initiatives aimed at fostering Africa’s Impact Economy, specifically by aiding the growth of the Impact Investing industry and social enterprise…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 2, 2013 at 3:08am — No Comments

Microsoft Supports ‘Girls in ICT Day’

By Alethea Lodge-Clarke, Public-Private Partnerships Manager, International Organizations, Microsoft

Women and girls are extremely underrepresented in science and technology in the developing and developed world. In the United States, only 18% of computer science degrees are earned by women and only 22% of software engineers at technology companies are women. While information and communications technology (ICT) play an important role in the empowerment…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 1, 2013 at 4:34pm — No Comments

TECH Girls Club celebrate 'Girls in ICT Day'

Source: Salifu Nurudeen's blog
A GROUP of hundred primary school girls, known as the TECH Girls Club, have celebrated this year’s ‘Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day’ to reiterate…
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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 1, 2013 at 3:17am — No Comments

A visit to two telecentres in Kenya.

Kibera Community Library



Kibera Community Library is situated in one of the largest slums in Kenya at Lang’ata County. The library was opened to the public in the month of September 2012. Schools within the constituency are expected to make use of the library. There are more…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 23, 2013 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

Girls in ICT Day next week

Organisations around the world are set to mark Girls in ICT Day on 25 April.

ITU says with the number of schoolgirls opting to study technology-related disciplines on the decline in most countries worldwide, it is committed to championing the catalytic role a tech career can play in creating exciting, far-reaching opportunities for women and…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 20, 2013 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

A Networking Night Out with Girls in ICT Rwanda

Source: ITU Blog

Girls In ICT Rwanda was born out of the ITU’s Girls in ICT Day which was celebrated for the first time in Rwanda in 2011. During the planning period for that event, the women entrepreneurs involved formed a group – Girls in ICT Rwanda – which the Ministry of Youth & ICT pledged to support.

The group’s goal…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 17, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Free online courses from the world's leading universities.

Telecentres have over time been known for information access and digital literacy initiatives. One of the areas some have explored is e-learning which forms a great way to enable learning.

A few recommendations from OnlineCourses.com that are applicable to telecentres include…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 17, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Rwanda ranks among top IT countries on the continent

Rwanda has been ranked among the top 10 countries in Africa that are in better position to benefit from new information and communication technologies.



The 2013 Networked Readiness Index, released on Wednesday by the World Economic Forum (Wef) and European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), considers several aspects, including a country’s market and regulatory…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 12, 2013 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Microsoft equips women with ICT tools

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Microsoft Africa has teamed up with the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association (FWEA) and SupaMamas organization to train women in small and medium enterprises on using Microsoft tools to grow their business.

Over 70 business women in the SME sector on Friday received training from the computer…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 10, 2013 at 4:12am — No Comments

mBillionth Award 2013: Nomination OPEN:: Inviting applications from Mobile & Telecom space

mBillionth Award is recognizing and honoring innovators and innovations happening in the world of Mobile & Telecom across South Asian countries. The platform acknowledges the best identified practices working in the space of mobile & telecom for their developments and services across South Asia annually.

We invite all stakeholders, including Mobile Developers, VAS providers, Telcoplayers, Application Developers to nominate your developmental project related in range of sectors…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 9, 2013 at 4:25am — No Comments

Transforming Lives Through Communication Technologies

Your business uses video conferencing to connect with buyers. Your children get personalized lessons online. You connect with friends and family over mobile devices. With the increasing influence of the Internet and mobile technologies, service providers are transforming how we connect and…

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Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 7, 2013 at 6:09pm — No Comments

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