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Every Child Online (ECO) Project

What is ECO?ECO stands for Every Child Online. ECO is a radical technical and commercial advance that will provide broadband internet connectivity at very low cost to millions across Africa. It can deliver connectivity to every unconnected school in Africa. It is live today in hundreds of schools and will soon be in thousands.

For more information go to: http://www.avantiplc.com/eco/

IMlango project

The Unique iMlango ProgrammeiMlango is about improving education. We believe that access to the internet and delivering smart digital education services and content helps to improve the education experience and outcomes for children. The programme aims to deliver improved education outcomes to 150,000 children, in 205 schools, and delivers digital attendance monitoring, broadband internet access via satellite and a host of online learning resources to help teachers and students. We are aiming to bring the potential of digital learning and the digital economy to the communities around the schools too. iMlango is delivered by a number of companies in Kenya and the United Kingdom – working in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) - and is supported by the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
For more information go to: - http://www.imlango.com/

Top Cup Coffee

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Top Cup Coffee is a CALD Enterprise Brand/Trade mark that facilitates coffee fair trade in Africa 
Goal Our goal is to develop a global or international partnerships that will help smallholder coffee farmers in Kenya and Africa link with Coffee Research Institute's information and training center through the existing coffee cooperative societies and factories using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT's) that will enable flow of information on improved varieties, better growing practices, value addition and get a better price for coffee beans by setting up a direct coffee exchange fair trade market portal.

Mission
Our mission is toestablish a collaborative and sustainable social enterprise enabled through use of ICT’s to ease flow of information on improved coffee varieties, better growing practices, value addition and get a better price for coffee beans by setting up a direct coffee exchange fair trade market portal. This will increase their crop production, improve th…

Washington Fellowship Application Information - Young African Leaders Intitiative

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12:00 MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME MONDAY JANUARY 27, 2014

The Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Washington Fellowship, which begins in 2014, will bring 500 young leaders to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

The online application for the Washington Fellowship is currently available. Completed applications, including all supporting documents, are due by 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time, January 27, 2014. All applications must be submitted via the online application system. The application instructions provide detailed…
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Why the world’s technology giants are investing in AfricaBy Fiona GrahamTechnology of business reporter, BBC News, Accra
Young people gaining access to technology is key for Africa, tech companies say "I don't understand. Why is it that the media only seems to talk about Africa when bad things happen?" Read more here: - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24524260
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Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money?
May 27th 2013, 23:50 by T.S.



PAYING for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, M-PESA. Launched in 2007 by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile-network operator, it is now used by over 17m Kenyans, equivalent to more than two-thirds of the adult population; around 25% of the country’s gross national product flows through it. M-PESA lets people transfer cash using their phones, and is by far the most successful scheme of its type on earth. Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money?

M-PESA was originally designed as a system to allow microfinance-loan repayments to be made by phone, reducing the costs associated with handling cash and thus making possible lower interest rates. But after pilot testing it was broadened to become a general money-transfer scheme. Once you have signed up, you pay money into the system by handing cash to one of Safa…

Kenya ICT landscape

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In mid-February 2013, the National ICT Master Plan (2012-2017) was launched by the Kenyan Government. It is a strategic document aimed to fast-track ICT investment and innovation. The former Ministry of Information and Communication had projected that by 2017, “the ICT Industry should be contributing an estimated USD 2 billion (25% of GDP), created 500 ICT companies, and brought in 50,000 jobs. The impact is also expected to be felt by SMEs with their automation projected at 60%, the number of commercialized business is placed at a 100 while 20 new innovations are expected to be propagated globally.” According to the Kenya ICT Board, four goals set by the Master Plan to be met by 2017 are: Goal 1: Every citizen, resident, home and institution will be connected through a countrywide robust, accessible and affordable ICT infrastructure.
Goal 2: Kenya will become the leading ICT HUB in African attracting leading global players and generating globally respected local entrepreneurship and i…