The Social Entrepreneurship/Business Development and Proposal Writing Workshop continued in earnest today at the Miamis Riverside Hotel, Isinya, Kenya, and the telecentres managers continued to learn the various strategies involved in venturing in business related activities. The workshop was taken through developing good business plans, market planning and organizational plan. Later in the afternoon Enock Chiteri from Ugunja Community Resource Centre facilitated a topic on mapping by use of Geographical Information System (GIS) integrated with the use of OpenStreetMap, a free online wiki-style map that anyone can edit. The need to map local areas is arising because of lack substantial and detailed information about the existence of various social amenities like link and feeder roads, financial institutions, learning institutions, small scale service provision amenities as well as those service provided by state and none state actors.
The telecentres managers were exposed to the different kinds of approaches to mapping by use of OpenStreetMap which included use of Global Positioning System (GPS) devises, the use of satellite imaging and tracing, the use of indigenous knowledge by the local population and lastly, the use of 'walking papers' (http://walking-papers.org/), The use of OpenStreetMap as an open software elicited the need by the telecentres to be upfront in raising issues, providing direction-based information to the communities, showcasing technological capacity of ICT related media and providing a platform for the telecentres to access additional sustainable resource by turning the centres into hubs for individual technological skills base capable of sourcing for mapping related job opportunities for other state actors.
The icing on the cake for the entire presentation was the presentation of Ugunja town map produced using OpenStreetMap within two weeks of consistent mapping process in Ugunja by Ugunja Community Resource (UCRC). Tomorrow is the third and last day of the workshop and will enable the participants go through proposal development. Later in the afternoon there will be a visit to Isinya Maarifa Centre, an associate telecentre of Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) and finally the workshop will end in the evening with a joint way forward.
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