Blogs

Launch of the 2nd Edition of YoBloCo Awards at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture!

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with CAFANFARAYam-PukriAYFANAFESPC/PAFPNET ande-Agriculture is launching today, the 2nd Edition of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards) at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture in Guyana.

Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money?

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?

CCK reviews how ICTs have changed lives in Kenya.

This video details how CCK has initated ICT projects around Kenya that are changing lives. Click here to Watch!

CTA selects ICT Hubs and Labs as partners to organise the “Agri-Hack Championship”

CTA is pleased to announce the ICT hubs and labs selected as partners for the organisation of the of the regional hackathon that will take place in parallel to theICT4Ag Conference. Thirty East African technology spaces responded to the call for expression of interest that was launched and submitted their applications. The selection committee narrowed them down to 9 hubs/labs. Criteria for selection included

Call for Social Reporters for the ICT4Ag Conference

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) is organising its ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) conference in Kigali, Rwanda from 4-8 November 2013. This conference will examine ways that ICTs are truly empowering producers and consumers along entire value chains. It will showcase the exciting possibilities and incredible developments taking place in this area.  The conference will have an international focus and will attract a broad range of stakeholders. About 400 delegates are expected to attend the event: farmers and community organizations, development practitioners and academia, entrepreneurs, developers, telecom operators, technology hubs, information specialists, policy makers, researchers, etc.

WHY WE NEED MORE WOMEN IN ICT

Why we need more women in ICT Sector

“The lack of women in ICT is an absolute scandal which shames us as a country. But I’d also say that it’s a loss to the country economically, and it’s a loss to the sector. So it’s a loss to the country in having a talent pool which is only half the size it could be.The only social construction here is that in every sector with a certain “potential”  we need more women to make things better, and whenever there is a gender gap (in male “favor”) it’s because of discrimination.From experience in terms of development it's the women who are doing it better so they should an opportunity to know and to be linked with the ICT.As for the industry targeting individual groups, it’s not sexism, it’s marketing and good results from marketing.

Join BYND2015 and get the chance to win exciting prizes!

This coming September 9-11, the Beyond 2015: Global Youth Summittakes place in San José, Costa Rica, and we want you to be a part of it! How can you join in the discussion? Here are several ways:

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PCs out as Senegal opens world's first tablet cafe

By Coumba Sylla (AFP), Source; AFP

(DAKAR-AFP) - Among the washer women, carpenters, busy waiters and squabbling children sweltering under the midday sun on this dusty Dakar street an Internet revolution is taking place in the world's first tablet cafe.

Next to the workshops, meat stores and barbershops on what could be any bustling street in sub-Saharan Africa, a grey concrete building stands out with a garish sign advertising the Tablette Cafe.

Modem to improve African net access

 
Made for Africa: the BRCK

A modem designed specifically for Africa has been announced at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh.

The device combines rugged design with a range of connectivity options, switching between wi-fi, 3G and fixed broadband.

Ushahidi, the Kenyan tech firm behind BRCK, believe Africa-specific hardware is long overdue.

TCF debuts book on Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers

– Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) is proud to announce the launch of its book, Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers: 100 Stories. The English Edition of the e-book, which was officially debuted at Spark13, the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres on May 28, 2013 in Granada, Spain, is a compilation of stories of the winners of the Global Search for 100 Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers conducted by TCF in 2011. The competition, which was organized in collaboration with TCF’s six regional telecentre network partners is a component of the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign, a joint initiative by the International Telecommunication Union and Telecentre.org Foundation.