Kenya

Kenya’s free laptops to be delivered in 90 days, officials to visit shortlisted firms

Title: Kenya’s free laptops to be delivered in 90 days, officials to visit shortlisted firms
Author: Nick Sato
Source: HumanIPO
Date (published): 07/01/2014
Date (accessed): 08/01/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Kenya’s flagship one laptop per child programme will commence in the next three months as government officials from the Ministry of Education are set to travel abroad to assess shortlisted firms for the procurement of the 1.3 million laptops.

Community, Connectivity, and Caffeine! The Secrets to Kenya’s Technology Success

Title: Community, Connectivity, and Caffeine! The Secrets to Kenya’s Technology Success
Author: Jessica Heinzelman
Source: ICT Works
Date (published): 04/09/2013
Date (accessed): 04/09/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Over the past 5 years Nairobi, or the ‘Silicon Savanah,’ has blossomed into a global hub and a regional role model for cultivating innovation. mPesa, Safaricom’s mobile money platform, has led the globe in electronic payments serving emerging markets and base of the pyramid. Nairobi is home to the first tech incubator in Africa, the iHub, that has supported and inspired a movement of young tech-savvy Africans to develop community, think big, and take risks building products, services, and platforms for local markets.

Digital Media (ICT) for development. The use of crowd sourcing maps as a tool for citizen empowerment and engagement. Case study of Map Kibera Project

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Digital Media (ICT) for development. The use of crowd sourcing maps as a tool for citizen empowerment and engagement. Case study of Map Kibera Project
Author: Alise Gedgauda
Source: Malmö University
Date (published): 16/06/2013
Date (accessed): 20/08/2013
Type of information: Thesis paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Map Kibera project and it’s Voice of Kibera reporting initiative present an example of new media applying the principle of crowd sourcing to foster social change and provide voice to community of Kibera, Kenya. The aim of this study was to analyses, firstly, how the concept of participatory communication has been applied during the implementation of the project.

Bridging Kenya's Data Divide

Title: Bridging Kenya's Data Divide
Author: Rushda Majeed
Source: ICTs for development
Date (published): 16/08/2013
Date (accessed): 20/08/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: How Africa’s tech leader made it from PDFs to paperless. This article is an abridged version of a longer historical case study produced by Innovations for Successful Societies, a research program at Princeton University.

Can high-tech agriculture solve youth unemployment in Kenya?

Title:
Can high-tech agriculture solve youth unemployment in Kenya?
Author: Ken Obura
Source: The Standard Group Limited
Date (published): 30/07/2013
Date (accessed): 20/08/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Unemployment among the youth is one of the most acute problems affecting developing countries like Kenya. According to Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), unemployment percentage in this country stands at 12 per cent of the current workforce which is approximately 15 million people.

Startup gives farmers shot at fair prices, market access via text messages

Title: Startup gives farmers shot at fair prices, market access via text messages
Author: Olivia Solon
Source: Ars Technica
Date (published): 23/06/2013
Date (accessed): 23/06/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: For many low-volume Kenyan farmers, the only source of information about the market rate for crops comes from the very people who are trying to buy them. The lack of pricing transparency means that farmers don't always get the best deal. MFarm seeks to solve this problem by providing up-to-date market prices via an app or SMS direct to farmers. It also connects farmers with buyers directly, cutting out the middlemen.

How open data is transforming democracy in Africa – and the challenges it faces

Title:
How open data is transforming democracy in Africa – and the challenges it faces
Author: Tefo Mohapi
Source: The Next Web
Date (published): 15/06/2013
Date (accessed): 23/06/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Kenya is at the forefront of the open data movement in Africa thanks to initiatives such as crowdsourcing software Ushahidi and government tracker Uchaguzi.

Google Launches Mobile Micropayments in Africa

Title: Google Launches Mobile Micropayments in Africa
Author: Jessica McKenzie
Source: Techpresident
Date (published): 30/04/2013
Date (accessed): 03/05/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Google just announced the launch of rebranded electronic payment system BebaPay in Kenya, home to the popular and successful mobile money system M-Pesa. With the BebaPay card, Google tackles the notoriously chaotic bus system in Kenya.

Impact of the internet in Africa. Establishing conditions for success and catalysing inclusive growth in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal

Title: Impact of the internet in Africa. Establishing conditions for success and catalysing inclusive growth in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal
Authors: James Mwangi, Robin Miller, Daniel Tuttle, Daniel Kaplan, Kagwiria Koome, Ata Cisse, Matthew Shakhovskoy, Adam Bradlow, Modou Fall, Rachel-Diane Epoupa, Hans Uldall Poulsen, Daniel Kaplan, Pooja Bhatia, Kerry DeGale
Source: Dalberg
Date (published): 18/04/2013
Date (accessed): 19/04/2013
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This report describes the role of the Internet on the socioeconomic development of Sub-Saharan Africa and its potential going forward. This report defines the scope of economic benefits broadly, including opportunities to drive inclusive growth and to address social and inequality goals. Although it uses a macro-economic analysis to review the underlying enabling conditions, it relies heavily on a broadbased survey of African businesses. It aims to understand the opportunities the Internet has brought these small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the barriers business owners face as they try to tap opportunities, and the Internet’s potential future impact on them. The report includes a micro-level impact analysis of the Internet’s current and potential impact on socioeconomic development across seven sectors.

Africa's Voices Project

Title: Africa's Voices Project
Author: Aventh
Source: Democracy and Governance - Africa, IDS Knowledge Services
Date (published): 04/02/2013
Date (accessed): 25/02/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Africa's Voices is a twelve-month pilot project developed to harness the reach of radio and the spread of mobile phone use to gather citizens’ opinions on governance and development issues. Every month, partnering radio stations across Africa ask their listeners a question about local issues, to be answered through SMS. The information is collected and sent through to the project initiators, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge, for analysis. The information is then shared with the radio stations for future programming from a continental perspective.

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