ICT for climate-smart agriculture and "green growth": Online forum 5-16 March 2012


Climate-smart agriculture and green growth – can ICT help?

Climate-smart agriculture seeks to increase productivity while reducing contributions to climate change. Success is essential in order to provide enough food for the world’s population and to mitigate environmental damage. The World Bank, FAO and the e-Agriculture community invite you to explore how information and communication technologies (ICT) can support "green growth" and climate-smart agriculture.

TELEWISE: Submit your best and most innovative telecentre tip

Sometimes finding a solution to a problem begins with one small idea. Share your telecentre wisdom with fellow community members by answering this simple question: How can we get more women to avail of telecentre services and digital literacy training?

Inveneo Buyers Guide to Sustainable ICT Infrastructure in Low Resource Settings

The Inveneo Buyers Guide to Sustainable ICT Infrastructure in Low Resource Settings is intended to serve as a planning tool for deploying information and communications technologies (ICTs) in low resource settings - i.e., communities lacking basic support infrastructure, such as grid power and broadband connectivity, and where computer skills among users and facilities managers are often limited.

It highlights the most important considerations in the selection, design, deployment and support of general facilities, ICT tools and supporting power systems. We have intentionally not addressed the complicated issue of mobile computing devices, opting instead to focus on the challenges facing those planning to deploy and operate shared access computing facilities such as school computer labs, community knowledge centers (CKCs), process outsourcing facilities, etc.

TCF Gears Up for 2012

As another new year begins, Foundation is ready to continue its role as a global leader in the growing telecentre movement. With the approval of the 2012 Workplan by the TCF Board of Trustees last January 6, the Foundation, led by Executive Director Miguel Raimilla, is preparing to take on a number of new of challenges in 2012.

Technology Centres Development Progress in Kenya




The Kenya ICT Board was established by the government of Kenya as a state corporation under the State Corporations Act Cap. 446 on 19th February 2007. It is under the Ministry of Information and Communication and is set up to mainstream ICT for economic and social good of citizens. This is in line with Kenya Vision 2030 goal of economic, social and political prosperity for all. It also aims to market and position Kenya as an ICT destination.

2011 Annual Report now available for download Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report  is now available for download. This 10-page report presents a summary of the Foundation’s accomplishments during the Year 2011 as it strived to impact the telecentre community by working towards strengthening telecentre network presence, launching a global telecentre women campaign, enhancing knowledge sharing, and helping to develop competent knowledge workers. A brief summary of financial statements is also provided.

Download a copy of the report here.

Using SMS to Help People with HIV in Rural Kenya

Source: FronlineSMS website posted by Ben Parfitt, Ugunja Research Team

Africa has undergone a mobile revolution, and it is spreading. The health sector is capitalizing on the resulting plethora of new opportunities. Doctors, nurses, health workers and pharmacists often rely on their mobile phones, using them as a reference tool, accessing information otherwise unavailable to them. Among this rapid change, a coordinated movement is beginning to engage people living with HIV, en mass, through FrontlineSMS.

Knowledge Network of African Community Telecentres (KNACT) portal takes shape.

Access to information and communication technology (ICT) applications and services in disadvantaged communities is either non-existent or very difficult. To alleviate the problem, governments, international organizations, NGOs, funding agencies and philanthropists have set up, over the last few years, communal ICT access points in different localities around the world. Most of these access points offer access to the Internet and to basic ICT applications, with some implementing e-learning initiatives while others act as vehicles for launching a number of services focusing on the empowerment of disadvantaged communities. With the passage of time, many of the aforementioned ICT access points have turned into mere cybercafés while others succeeded in improving the lot of the communities they serve by creating new opportunities for socio-economic development.

Adobe Youth Voices "Create With Purpose"

Kenya Telecentres Link is running the AYV “create with purpose” program through her member/partners.
1. Kogere Community Knowledge Centre
2. St. Theresa's girls secondary

Adobe Foundation’s global signature philanthropy program, empowers youth from undeserved communities to use technology to explore and express their perspectives on issues impacting them and their communities. Through Adobe Youth Voices, youth ages 13 to 18 create compelling videos, animations, photo essays, presentations, music, and other pieces that contribute the essential perspectives of youth to critical topics and inspire new solutions to long-standing problems.

From 22nd August 2011, the participants at Kogere CKC have been learning Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe premier Elements software for media creation. The topics chosen for intervention are:

  • Access to education Gender inequality
  • Corruption
  • Drug abuse
  • Uncouth cultural practises

At the end of the first phase, a total of 167 youth shall have been trained in media creation from the two centres and twelve media created expressing issues around the above topics.


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