Kenya

What Kenya ICT Board Content Grants Mean to Mwananchi

Attending the Tandaa symposium in May 2010 organised by the Kenya ICT Board to enhance digital content, film and animation, I was impressed by the cue to creating local content simply described by Dr. Ndemo Bitange the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication.

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In plain words he said "unlike in other developed countries where their potential is realised, there is a lot of power for Kenyans to seize up, through enhancement of digital content."

What is Voice of Kibera?

In the past few weeks, France 24 and Triple Bottom-Line have produced stories about Voice of Kibera, and both stories have been littered with inaccuracies about the project, including naming Ushahidi as the deploying organization, an issue that’s been addressed elsewhere on this blog.

Are Kenyan .KE Domain Names Too Expensive?

Recently, Moses Kemibaro present the marketing plan for the .KE top-level country domain, managed by the Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC). In his presentation, he asks an intriguing question: Are .KE domain names really expensive?
KE Domain Name Prices
Now I wasn't at the presentation to hear his thoughts, but from the slide show, I will assume that he feels that .KE domain names are not that expensive. I respectfully disagree.
.KE domain names are way overpriced

Are Kenyan .KE Domain Names Too Expensive?

Recently, Moses Kemibaro present the marketing plan for the .KE top-level country domain, managed by the Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC). In his presentation, he asks an intriguing question: Are .KE domain names really expensive?
KE Domain Name Prices
Now I wasn't at the presentation to hear his thoughts, but from the slide show, I will assume that he feels that .KE domain names are not that expensive. I respectfully disagree.
.KE domain names are way overpriced

How Open Source Software Makes Money for Coffee Grower Cooperatives

In Kenya, coffee farmers are concerned about getting a fair price for their beans, and worry about "ghost kilograms" - the undercounting of raw and processed bean weights - that can happen with handwritten accounts.

So the Kenya Coffee Producers Association (KCPA) looked around for a coffee bean accounting system they could utilize to accurately track coffee sales to factories, and help the factories themselves manage coffee production. Yet they found proprietary software applications just too expensive.
The Open Source Solution

How Open Source Software Makes Money for Coffee Grower Cooperatives

In Kenya, coffee farmers are concerned about getting a fair price for their beans, and worry about "ghost kilograms" - the undercounting of raw and processed bean weights - that can happen with handwritten accounts.

So the Kenya Coffee Producers Association (KCPA) looked around for a coffee bean accounting system they could utilize to accurately track coffee sales to factories, and help the factories themselves manage coffee production. Yet they found proprietary software applications just too expensive.
The Open Source Solution

Government ICT Seriousness Rankings: Kenya Most Serious About ICT

When it comes to ICTs, Government's role is to create and sustain a conducive environment through regulation and legislation.
In addition, a sound government strategy should also consider making strategic investments (aka stimulus plans in the financial and economics world), promoting home grown ICT private sector and addressing appropriate skills development in the education and training sector.
Lastly, any government strategy or intervention should recognize and address the critical facets of the ICT eco-system which I would roughly categorize as infrastructure, content and applications and services.
Government ICT Seriousness Ranking

Government ICT Seriousness Rankings: Kenya Most Serious About ICT

When it comes to ICTs, Government's role is to create and sustain a conducive environment through regulation and legislation.
In addition, a sound government strategy should also consider making strategic investments (aka stimulus plans in the financial and economics world), promoting home grown ICT private sector and addressing appropriate skills development in the education and training sector.
Lastly, any government strategy or intervention should recognize and address the critical facets of the ICT eco-system which I would roughly categorize as infrastructure, content and applications and services.
Government ICT Seriousness Ranking

Safaricom's M-Pesa to Transfer 20% of Kenya's GDP in 2010

This is the bombshell that Erik Hersman tweeted about Safaricom's mPayment system, M-Pesa. Read it and then stop to think a minute about what that means for Kenya:

If one company moves 20% of country's GDP, and that company is not even a bank, just want does that tell you about the rise of mobile phone operators in Africa? Here are three thoughts that leap out at me:

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Safaricom's M-Pesa to Transfer 20% of Kenya's GDP in 2010

This is the bombshell that Erik Hersman tweeted about Safaricom's mPayment system, M-Pesa. Read it and then stop to think a minute about what that means for Kenya:

If one company moves 20% of country's GDP, and that company is not even a bank, just want does that tell you about the rise of mobile phone operators in Africa? Here are three thoughts that leap out at me:

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Is Kenya beating Nigeria in Internet Business Opportunities?

I was perplexed at The 3 Reasons Why Kenya is Beating Nigeria in Internet Business Opportunities. Could the author Wayan Vota simply be courting controversy as a means of drawing traffic to the blog? I will attempt to review the reasons listed in the blog post as to why the author is of the view that Kenya leads Nigeria in Internet Business opportunities.

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The Need for a Tech Election Monitoring Toolbox

This week in Nairobi has been “Election Monitoring” week due to the NDI/DFID meeting on Tue/Wed and the HIVOS meeting on Thur/Fri. Interestingly enough, both meetings heavily addressed the uses, or lack thereof, of technology in the election monitoring process.
One of the ideas that hit me was the need for a toolbox of technical tools that could be used by election monitoring groups and citizens both before, during and after the elections.
Understanding the Framework
Most of us think of an election as an event, I did too. Koki Muli provided us a with a great framework to understand the election process as a whole, using this visualization for everyone to see that it is indeed a long-term process, not an event.

The Need for a Tech Election Monitoring Toolbox

This week in Nairobi has been “Election Monitoring” week due to the NDI/DFID meeting on Tue/Wed and the HIVOS meeting on Thur/Fri. Interestingly enough, both meetings heavily addressed the uses, or lack thereof, of technology in the election monitoring process.
One of the ideas that hit me was the need for a toolbox of technical tools that could be used by election monitoring groups and citizens both before, during and after the elections.
Understanding the Framework
Most of us think of an election as an event, I did too. Koki Muli provided us a with a great framework to understand the election process as a whole, using this visualization for everyone to see that it is indeed a long-term process, not an event.

Facebook Zero: Web Chang’aa for Africa

As we've already discussed, Facebook is driving ICT adoption in Africa. Just look at the amazing statistic that Moses Kemibaro found: 2 million Kenyans are registered with Facebook, 80% of all Kenyan Internet users.

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Facebook on Mobile Phones

KANCO wraps up Ushahidi pilot project with User Trainings

In continuing its commitment to the development of Ushahidi’s work in Kenya, Ushahidi has just completed a six-month pilot project with the Kenya AIDS NGO’s Consortium (KANCO) to  visualize civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kenya providing responses to the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics. The project, in collaboration with AIDSPortal, UK, involved modifying the Ushahidi platform for Crowdsourcing Crisis Information in order for KANCO to map its member organizations.

Africa's ICT Trends and Countries to Watch in 2010

It’s that time of the year when any expert worth their salt makes some predictions for the New Year. I too couldn’t resist a peek into my crystal ball and here I share what I believe will be the major ICT trends and some of the countries to watch this year. In general, 2010 promises to be an exciting and important year for ICTs in Africa despite the fact that the global financial situation is still uncertain.

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Mobile commerce

Africa's ICT Trends and Countries to Watch in 2010

It’s that time of the year when any expert worth their salt makes some predictions for the New Year. I too couldn’t resist a peek into my crystal ball and here I share what I believe will be the major ICT trends and some of the countries to watch this year. In general, 2010 promises to be an exciting and important year for ICTs in Africa despite the fact that the global financial situation is still uncertain.

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Mobile commerce

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