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Cleopa Timon Otieno's Blog (347)

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

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

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