Friday, July 27, 2007

Making Kenya the ICT Hub of Africa

"Digital Village Enterprises

Digital Villages are ICT facilities established to take ICT to the rural areas for economic and social development. They will provide a suite of e-services to the public via computers connected to the internet, digital cameras, printers fax machines and other communication infrastructure. There will be three types of Digital Village facilities:

Digital Schools – educational ICT facility with minimum of 5 to 10 PCs established and managed by primary and secondary schools with support from KTCIP, constituency development funds (CDF), and other public and private sector organizations. Minimum – one in each location.

Digital Kiosks – commercial ICT facility with minimum 1 to 5 PCs established and managed by entrepreneurs either individually or groups with support from KTCIP, youth and women development funds, microfinance institutions, and other investors. Minimum – one in each constituency.

Digital Centres – development ICT facility with minimum 10 to 20 PCs established and managed by community based organizations (CBOs), faith based organizations (FBOs), co-operatives, public and private sector organizations with support from KTCIP and development partners. Minimum – one in each district."

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007


"Gamos is a small but influential company working with the social factors surrounding development interventions, organisational development, technology use and transfer."

See reports on:
- mobile phone use
- water
- energy
- ICT use
- agriculture

Monday, July 09, 2007

AfriGadget - Inspirational!

A blog reporting great stuff happening in Africa - "Gadgets for Africa: Solving everyday problems with African ingenuity" - AfriGadget

William Kamkwamba's Malawi Windmill Blog

Inspiring and ongoing story of a young man's self-built windmill for home energy in Malawi. He learnt how from a book borrowed from the local library (read about it here).

Farming Solutions - the Future of Agriculture

"Farming Solutions brings examples of successful, environmentally responsible farming systems to life from all over the world, illustrating how farmers can protect the environment while at the same time increasing food supply where it is most needed." For more...

Several success stories from Kenya, e.g. bucket drip irrigation in Maragwa, harvesting water in Turkana.

Friday, July 06, 2007

People's school for water literacy

The rain centre is a school with 28 examples of rain water harvesting used as a community water managment education centre in India (newspaper article).

Bambara Groundnut

"Scientists at the UK’s University of Nottingham believe Bambara Groundnut, a legume related to the Cow Pea, may well be the future of vegetable protein in countries with particularly dry climates. " (video story , dissemination web )

I wonder what happened to this?