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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (290)

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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…


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…


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…


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 that are applicable to telecentres include…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Microsft 4Afrika launches in Rwanda

Microsoft Corporation has launched its 4Afrika Initiative in Rwanda. This multi-million dollar, cross-continental initiative set in motion by Microsoft aims to actively engages in Africa’s economic development to improve its global…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 7, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ghana: Making Cities ‘Smarter’ Through the Use of ICT

Erratic and sporadic water supply, clogged drains, sickened children and unhealthy lives – these are the everyday challenges Janet Adu faces, living in Turlako, a suburb of Accra.  Her story is captured in this video and is a vivid reminder…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 28, 2013 at 3:26am — No Comments

Why ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and why NOW?

“If you think the most important thing you need at a startup is capital, you will be wrong. It’s the wealth of mentoring and handholding you will have getting your business up and running.”

I have been asked to write a few paragraphs on the use of ICT for creating jobs and solutions in Sri Lanka. Even though I am an entrepreneur…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 28, 2013 at 2:36am — No Comments

Award 5 – Empowering women and girls through ICT

CALL OPEN: 8 March 2013 to 8th May 2013

Information and communication technology (ICT) has changed the lives of billions of people across the world. But in many countries, women and girls are being left behind. Recent research (2012) by the technology company, Intel, found that nearly 25% fewer women than men living in developing countries have…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 27, 2013 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Africa: Using ICTs for transformational development

Source: World Bank

Africa is advancing by leaps and bounds in adoption and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the private and public sectors. A new report, “eTransform Africa”, shows how innovations that began in Africa – like the use…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 25, 2013 at 5:10am — No Comments

Applications Now Open: 2013 e-Learning: Shaping the Internet - History and Futures (English, French and Spanish)

Applications are now open for the Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) e-Learning programme “Shaping the Internet – History and Futures.”  (English,  French and Spanish)


French: …


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 23, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Africa’s future is mobile

The mobile application space is set to boom across Africa, as enterprises and developers lead the world in bringing to market unique mobile applications suited to a developing market.

There are several reasons for this – crucially, Africa is a mobile continent. Mobile devices are becoming smarter, faster and more affordable; smartphone adoption is…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 21, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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