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Kenya ICT Board, through its doITinKenya marketing section has opened invitations to Kenya ICT industry players to participate in the inaugural Kenya ICT Industry tour to India. The tour will begin in Hyderabad on 10th -12th February, and proceed to Mumbai for the NASSCOM Annual Leadership Forum at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on 13th-15th,where Kenya is expected to deliver a presentation.

As part of the tour, Kenya ICT Board in partnership with EPZA & KenInvest has also planned to host a Kenya pavilion within the NASSCOM Leadersip  Forum to promote Kenya's ICT opportunity by showcasing Kenyan ICT companies and innovations.

The delegation is expected to attract ICT practitioners/businesses, professionals and investors including those in real estate who would benefit in seeing how India has laid out its technology cities and the kinds of ecosystems that exist.

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Nairobi, Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013 President Mwai Kibaki today flagged off the Konza Technology City in a breaking ceremony at Makueni County.

At the midday flag-off the President announced that a two-way dual carriage way will be constructed from Athiriver to Konza starting January 2014-2016, a high-speed high gage train connecting it to Nairobi city, while the funding for the construction of the multi-purpose Thwake dam, has been secured through a Sh16 billion loan from African Development Bank.

The Export Processing Zones Authority has floated a raft of incentives targeting tech-savvy entrepreneurs as it moves to widen the export offerings in its premises to include services.Firms which set up IT-enabled services (ITES) within the zones will benefit from tax relief, regulatory efficiencies, better infrastructure and improved travel connections, the authority said in a statement last week.

“The requirement is that they must establish an EPZ company and use the zone as a primary place of doing business.”The authority unveiled the incentives on Friday, 7th December 2012 .

Advantages

By operating under an EPZ Service License, new call centre, BPO and ITES operators will benefit from attractive incentives and advantages.The call for ITES companies and Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) come as the government pushes for the enactment of the special economic laws that seek to increase the zone’s ability to create jobs from different segments.

At present, the zones rely on manufacturing with textile enterprises contributing about 90 per cent of annual exports.Last year, the zones’ investors earned Sh25 billion from textile export to US under African Growth and Opportunity Act.Under the proposed legal framework for Special Economic Zones, the zone’s business incubation doors will be open to budding entrepreneurs from different backgrounds with emerging segments such as IT taking the lead.

On Friday, the Authority said it had developed a package of procedural, infrastructural and tax incentives under which both local and foreigner investors will be aided to grow their export-oriented business plans.

Buoyed by recent groundbreaking inventions, the authority said it would work closing with upcoming innovators to steer their ideas to fruition.
“Kenyans have already showed the way in ITES innovation by pioneering MPESA and other mobile communication-related products which are radically changing the way Kenyans live, work and play.”

Vision 2030 identifies IT-enabled services segment as a key growth area in the country’s campaign to achieve a middle income status in the next 18 years.The blueprint particularly recognises BPOs as having huge potential payoffs in generating exports, jobs, technology transfer and direct investments.BPOs allow firms in developed world to outsource non-core activities deemed to be labour-intensive, tedious or expensive to undertake internally.   Firms may also wish to leverage improved internet connectivity to outsource activities that require unavailable expertise or those that must be performed around the clock.

Kenya is now linked to the rest of the world by fibre-optic cables, something that has lifted the quality of internet service.The EPZA which made its foray into BPO export segment when it began to host Kencall in 2004 says it is keen to have many such ventures.The Authority said it is working with Kenya ICT Board, KITOS and other industry players to develop boost employment creation and export growth potential of BPOs.

Boost for scientists and academics as EC-funded AfricaConnect project launches UbuntuNet, the high-speed data network for research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa

Lisbon, Portugal, 28 November 2012: DANTE, the operator of GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network; and UbuntuNet Alliance,the regional research and education network for Southern and Eastern Africa, today announce the launch of the UbuntuNet network, a high-speed Internet network connecting scientists and academics throughout Southern and Eastern Africa to peers in the region and to Europe, the first network of its kind in Africa.

UbuntuNet is beinglaunched in Europe at the 2012 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT (an event for those with an interest in Euro-African collaborative projects on ICT) onNovember 28-29, 2012, and is organised by EuroAfrica-P8 at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon, Portugal. This follows a similar launch event in Africa held in Dar es Salaam at the UbuntuNet-Connect 2012, which featured dancing, drumming, speeches and a launch video featuring the types of advanced research that the network will facilitate. The video, which has also been shown in Lisbon, is available at http://www.africaconnect.eu/MediaCentre/Pages/Launch-Event-Video.aspx

The initiative is being financed under the AfricaConnect project, which is co-funded by the European Commission and beneficiary countries. The network will dramatically accelerate the development of the Information Society in Africa, providing advanced data communications infrastructure and enabling African researchers to collaborate more easily in advanced international research projects.

The Honourable Eunice Kazembe, Malawi’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology said of the new network, “With the opportunities offered by the AfricaConnect project, this unique regional network will transform our higher education and research, with collaboration being at its core. Access to higher education will be expanded. Participation in high level scientific projects and teams will be so much easier. Medical research and healthcare delivery will be enhanced.”

AfricaConnect expands the existing network managed by the UbuntuNet Alliance, which initially connected Kenya, South Africa,Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia to Europe. The network has now been extended to offer connectivity to many more countries in the Southern and Eastern African region. This expanded, more resilient and secure high-speed network offers greater connectivity between African countries, as well as high-speed links to the pan-European GÉANT network, providing access to 40 million users in 8,000 institutions. GÉANT is co-funded by the Directorate General CONNECT (Communications, Networks, Contents and Technology) of the European Commission under the EU’s 7th Research and Development Framework Programme.

“We are delighted to see the UbuntuNet network in place,” said Cathrin Stöver, DANTE’s Chief International Relations and Communication Officer. “DANTE continues to develop connectivity in regions around the world, and we have built on our experience to support research and education networks as together they transform the research environment in Africa. We are fortunate to be working with the UbuntuNet Alliance, the African and European NRENs on this important initiative.”

Eng. Dr Francis Tusubira, CEO of the UbuntuNet Alliance agrees: “The engagement of the EC has been critical to the success of the UbuntuNet’s implementation - we’ve been able to establish much needed regional connectivity in a huge geographical area, and on a more individual level, ensured that each NREN has the human capacity to set up and operate their national network.”
The UbuntuNet network is partly funded by the European Commission’s DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, in the framework of the ‘ACP Connect’ programme of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), which has injected €11.8M of the total €14.75M cost of the project through the AfricaConnect project. The remainder has been contributed by the African partners in the project.

“Since the EC gave its official approval for this project in 2011, we’ve made great strides in procuring the right network,” said Victor Reijs, network development manager at HEAnet, the Irish National Research and Education Network that provided valuable technical support to the implementation of UbuntuNet. “We needed to ensure the network topology provides cost benefits to participants and a highly resilient, secure network that can continue to operate if a connection goes down.”

Denis Salord, Head of Unit, Regional Programmes Sub-Saharan Africa and ACP wide (Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid) European Commission said, "The European Commission is pleased to contribute to the development of this important regional higher education and research network. I am confident that African researchers now have an additional instrument to improve communication and exchange information among them and with their colleagues in Europe. Increased connectivity is our common goal. Together with the ACP Secretariat, we are doing our best to succeed."The AfricaConnect project is expected to last until 2015, after which time the African Project Partners will ensure the sustainability of the intra-regional African research network and its direct connection to GÉANT.

About AfricaConnect

The AfricaConnect project is strongly collaborative, with DANTE coordinating the project and the UbuntuNet Alliance, DANTE’s regional counterpart organisation in Africa covering Eastern and Southern Africa implementing the infrastructure. Other parties participating include the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) – as well as the Association of African Universities; existing National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa (DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia); and several European NRENs (Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK). All of the organisations work to ensure that the project benefits all of sub-Saharan Africa.
For more information visit www.africaconnect.eu

About DANTE:

DANTE is a non-profit organisation, coordinator of large-scale projects co-funded by the European Commission, and working in partnership with European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to plan, build and operate advanced networks for research and education. Established in 1993, DANTE has been fundamental to the success of pan-European research and education networking. DANTE has built and operates GÉANT, which provides the data communications infrastructure essential to the success of many research projects in Europe. DANTE is involved in worldwide initiatives to interconnect countries in the other regions to one another and to GÉANT. DANTE currently manages projects focussed on the Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific, sub Saharan Africa and central Asia regions through the EUMEDCONNECT, TEIN, AfricaConnect and CAREN projects respectively.

For more information, visit www.dante.net.

About UbuntuNet Alliance:
UbuntuNet Alliance is the regional Research and Education Network for Eastern and Southern Africa and manages UbuntuNet, the data network for the region. It is an Alliance of 13 NRENs in the region aiming at interconnecting with each other and connecting to other regional networks globally. The Alliance is also working towards enabling collaboration in research and education over world class networks. The Alliance was established in 2005 and registered in 2006 as a not-for-profit regional association of NRENs in Eastern and Southern Africa.

For more information on the UbuntuNet Alliance, please visit: www.ubuntunet.net

About GÉANT

GÉANT is the high speed European communication network dedicated to research and education. In combination with its NREN partners, GÉANT creates a secure, high-speed research infrastructure that serves 40 million researchers in over 8,000 institutions across 40 European countries. Building on the success of its predecessors, GÉANT has been created around the needs of users, providing flexible, end-to-end services that transform the way that researchers collaborate. GÉANT is at the heart of global research networking through wide ranging connections with other world regions, underpinning vital projects that bridge the digital divide and benefit society as a whole.

Co-funded by the European Commission under the EU’s 7th Research and Development Framework Programme, GÉANT is the e-Infrastructure at the heart of the EU’s European Research Area and contributes to the development of emerging Internet technologies. The project partners are 32 European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), TERENA and DANTE. GÉANT is operated by DANTE on behalf of Europe’s NRENs.

For more information on GÉANT, please visit: http://www.geant.net

nokia-kenya government partnership25 October 2012 - Nairobi, Kenya - The Government of Kenya, through the Kenya ICT Board, and Nokia Corporation have announced a collaboration aimed at growing the Kenyan Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, using mobile solutions to accelerate socio-economic development across the country.

Through the agreement, Nokia intends to build technical and business skills of Kenyan mobile startups through collaboration with local universities and innovation hubs.

technobrainFresh University graduates to access resources to hone their ICT skills.

Nairobi -25 October 2012- Techno Brain, Africa’s leading software Development Company has today launched a 84 Million Shillings state-of-the-art Kenya Development Centre.

Located at its expansive premises on Nairobi’s Mombasa road, the new Centre is designed to promote the development of innovation and growth of the Kenya’s software economy.

The facility, with a projected annual enrollment of 80 aspiring software developers and top fresh University graduates, will contribute towards sharpening IT skills while giving much needed impetus to grow the ICT sector.

The Kenya Development Centre will provide assistance and resources to the students to create new and innovative products and services, thus improving their business competitiveness. The Centre will develop better student collaboration and synergies while acting as a test laboratory for software development.

The function was presided over by Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication who noted that information technology training and industry skills transfer will actively contribute to economic growth and prosperity in the country and the entire region.

“This facility is an important step to encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship thereby spurring economic growth. We, in government, expect the Centre to boost the local software developer industry, driving increased availability of highly skilled and talented ICT users as well as developer skills in the country,” said Dr. Ndemo.

The Centre will enable the young developers to learn about the latest scalable technologies, stimulating technology innovation and driving the local software economy to boost national competitiveness.

“Techno Brain is committed to proving a world class facility for the youth to hone their ICT skills and actualizing the launch of this development centre is a testament that the company will continue to play a major role in bolstering the continued growth of the sector,” said Manoj Shanker, CEO, Techno Brain group.

Kenya’s ICT sector continues to contribute significantly to growth in terms of GDP, investment, employment and tax revenue mapping perfectly on the government’s strategic direction as envisioned in the Vision 2030.

Fast 50 India is a program run by Deloitte technology with the aim of ranking the 50 fastest growing technology companies in India.Rankings are based on percantage revenue of the company,which is weighted over three years.
In this year's edition , Pawaa Software was ranked 14th,with a percantage growth rate of 365%.

"We believe the Deloitte Technology Fast50 India win is a certainly a feather in the cap, that shows us we are in the right space and direction. We feel honored and privileged to be a part of this esteemed list."Says Prakash Baskaran, Founder and CEO Pawaa Software.

Students conclude internships in Kenya

On the 21st of September 2012 ,NetHope held a graduation ceremony in Nairobi for 37 IT students graduating from its inaugural Kenya NetHope Academy class. NetHope Academy – a six-month program that provides computer science students with both classroom and on-the-job IT skills training – translates vocational training into full time professional employment for young Kenyan adults. In fact, NetHope expects that more than 80 percent of students graduating from the program today will be in full-time IT positions within the next three months.


 

In March 2012, NetHope expanded its successful Haiti NetHope Academy program to Africa, making it available for the first time on the continent to students in Kenya and Rwanda. Kenyan students began their NetHope Academy journey in Nairobi with two weeks of intensive classroom and online training where they developed the most current and relevant IT skills. The students then began their internships, where they gained nearly six months of on-the-job experience that allowed them to refine the skills they learned in the classroom. Given the success, NetHope will host its next Kenya Academy classes in September.

“We’re thrilled that NetHope Academy has been so successful in Kenya,” said Frank Schott, Senior Global Program Director of NetHope Academy. “The students are what make it work; we have the best and the brightest youth competing for the program, and they give it their all. I’m so proud of their accomplishments and the value they bring to the Kenyan IT industry.”

IT professionals are in high demand across the African continent. Employment opportunities, however, are often limited to those who have work experience. NetHope Academy provides training and certification in the most relevant technical skills, supplemented with practical on-the-job work experience and daily mentoring and guidance. As a result, graduates of the program are fully competent in the current IT sector and highly employable. NetHope Academy works closely with technology partners including Kenya ICT Board, Accenture and the Accenture Foundations, Microsoft, Cisco, ESRI, Global VSAT Forum and others to bring the best offerings to the intern program.

According to Kenya ICT Board CEO, Paul Kukubo, Kenya needs a large pool of specialized IT experts to reach its goal of achieving Vision 2030. “Nethope is helping us realize our goal of churning out high end IT skills,” confirmed the CEO.

Two-thirds of the students in the Nairobi class are women, who NetHope believes will play a crucial role in growing the ICT sector in Kenya. NetHope partnered with the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) to identify the highly skilled young women who are now students in NetHope Academy and with both Microsoft and Cisco offices in East Africa.

“According to a 2011 National ICT Market Survey, although an estimated 9,600 ICT graduates are absorbed in to the market annually, a third of the companies still contract external providers due to lack of relevant high end skills and work experience in our workforce,” said Eunice Kariuki, Marketing Director for the Kenya ICT Board. “The Kenya ICT Board has been elated by the opportunities offered by NetHope Academy in improving the capacity of these local ICT graduates.”

Kenyan students interned with a variety of host organizations including CARE, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, and Computer Revolution Africa, among others. NetHope Academy also provided the students with job placement assistance and connected them with mentors who provide regular guidance and evaluation.

“Pursing a job in technology has not been easy. Most companies and organizations wanted employees with at least three years of experience,” said Liz Kerosi, NetHope Academy Graduate. “The competition was fierce; other candidates were highly educated and had various IT certifications. But thanks to NetHope Academy, I got the chance to take a powerful Microsoft course and participate in Women’s TechConnect, which gave me the hope of getting a full time job thereafter. Many companies believe if a woman has managed to go far in her studies, she must be very smart and strong enough to handle a top job,” Liz added. “To all the women out there, go ahead and advance yourself without fear.”

In addition to its traditional NetHope Academy program, NetHope recently launched a new program optimized for students who aspire to become IT entrepreneurs vs. IT professionals like the students enrolled in the traditional NetHope Academy program. NetHope is partnering with Enablis, a Canadian-based nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurs in the developing world, to facilitate its entrepreneurial academy in Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana. Students will be admitted based on how well they compete in a business plan competition, and the top students will receive mentorship from current entrepreneurs. Select entrepreneurs will receive seed funding to pursue their business plans.


About NetHope

NetHope started in 2001 as a new-generation collaboration of the international community’s leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) representing over $33 billion (USD) of emergency relief, human development and conservation programs in more than 150 countries. Through member collaboration and by facilitating public-private partnerships with major technology companies, NetHope enables members to leverage their technology investments to better serve their end beneficiaries. For more information, visit www.nethope.org


Background Info for Potential Employers:

The NetHope Academy www.nethopeacademy.org   and Nairobi based ACWICT www.acwict.org/ are joining forces to provide six month internship programs for promising Kenyan computer science graduates.  The six month internship program has three components – technical and soft skills training, on-the-job internships and mentoring.  This program has been successful in Haiti and Rwanda and is now underway in Kenya.    Over 800 young graduates have applied to the program and the Academy is applying a very selective screening process.   This program is being supported by Accenture, Microsoft, Cisco and Kenya ICT Board.

Early feedback from organizations that are hosting interns is very positive but more host organizations are needed now.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more.   Give that promising young woman or man a chance!

How were the Graduates and Interns chosen to be in the Program?

Nethope reached to all top Kenyan universities and asked them to spread the word about this program to their computer science and related degree Graduates.   The program received over 500 applications and submitted the best applicants to rigorous testing and multiple interviews.  From that, 35 to 40 interns were entered into the program.

What type of training does a NetHope Academy Intern get?

There are four elements to the six month training program.

  • Technical Training – Approximately 120 hours in the classroom and another 80 hours of required online self study
  • Soft Skills Training – Approximately 80 hours in the classroom and another 60 hours of required online self study
  • Internships – Real work experience for 5 months.  Host organizations included tech sector enterprises, NGOs, mobile network operators.Basically any company can host an intern as long as they are placed in an IT related function.  Job roles ranged from desktop support to network admin to Sharepoint development to pre-technical sales activities.
  • Mentorship – We frequently evaluate the interns and give them feedback on their performance.

What else is special about this group?

Nethope strives to give some preference to underserved populations.  In Kenya, Nethope focuses on young women and natives of rural Kenya.  About 65% of Nethope Graduates in Kenya have been young women.   There is  no compromise on quality.

What’s the difference between a NetHope Academy Graduate and a NetHope Academy Intern?

NetHope Academy Graduates have completed the entire program including their internship.  They all have one or more industry recognized certifications.  They are ready for full time employment.
NetHope Academy Interns have completed most of the technical and soft skills training and simply need host organization assignments.   They are a bit behind a Graduate in terms of experience level.

Compensation wise, the NetHope Academy Graduate should command a high salary than what the intern will earn as a stipend (intern stipends should be at least 10,000 Ksh/month)

How can friends of the Kenya ICT Board learn more about the NetHope Academy Graduate and Intern pool?

Reach out to NetHope Kenya Program Director, Benson Masero ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and NetHope Africa Program Director, Lisa Obradovich ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  Everyone wins when we increase the pool of talented IT professionals in Kenya.
To learn more about the NetHope Academy Intern Program go to http://nethopeacademy.org/it-internships/

ICT Entrepreneur Competition – Apply Now!

Enablis Entrepreneurial Network and NetHope are joining forces to provide mentoring support to tech minded Kenyans that want to start their own business.Under this new program, applicants will submit their ideas and the “best of the best” will be invited to become members of the Enablis Entrepreneurial Network.  While in the program, Enablis will provide entrepreneurial development support.  Businesses formed from these ideas will qualify for funding consideration through the Enablis Loan Fund scheme with Chase Bank Ltd.
Entrepreneurs may learn more about the program and apply by going to - http://gitentrepreneurs.enablis.org

Application Number

Applicant

Constituency

6329104

Cleophas Opondo Okeyo

Naivasha

6328988

Jeremiah Mugambi Ananga

Ntonyiri

6342573

Anthony Kamau Kamunyu

Molo

6373438

Erick Otieno Okoth

Rongo

6364180

Paul Muriithi Kabao

Dagoretti

6329013

Joseph Kinyua Kariuki & Martin Kinyua Wachira

Kerugoya/Kutus

6330666

Peter Ng’ang’a Waweru

Lari

6335793

Joseph Ngotho Chiira

Mathioya

6357174

Telewa Edward Kukhubilo

Kimilili

6328623

Daniel Wakaba Macharia

Starehe

6329013

Silvester Lisanza Miheso

Lurambi

6330788

Edwin Muriithi Njiru

Runyenjes

6333343

Francis Gitahi Muhiu

Ndaragwa

6330848

Grace Naisenya Olochoki

Narok North

6331089

David Kiprono Aruasa

Narok South

6371892

Patrick Amudavi Alulu

Kisumu Town East

6330511

Jeremiah Osallah Osallah

Kasipul Kabondo

6345113

Lilian Wanjiku Ndirangu

Kamkunji

6335812

Collins Wilson Ochieng

Nakuru Town

6352725

Shadrack Kioko Kitolo

Machakos Town

6332470

Rebeccah Wambui Kariuki

Laikipia East

6329345

Eutychus Githinji Kareithi

Gatanga

6331339

Edwin Mwathe Ndungu

Subukia

6328340

Mike Tophut Opiyo

Langata

6373926

Josina Nasimiyu Tawai

Malava

6337410

Evans Nyakundi Nyangau

Kitutu Chache

Nairobi, Wednesday, July 11th 2012: The government has today awarded loans to 26 entrepreneurs of new ICT centres in various counties around Kenya. This brings the total number of Pasha centres since 2011 to 63, accounting for 30 percent ICT coverage in the country. The announcement at a Nairobi Hotel was officiated by Dr Bitange Ndemo, PS Ministry of Information and Communications, among many other expected dignitaries.

The 26 new ICT entrepreneurs were selected in a competitive process that saw more than 10,000 Kenyans sign up for the online application in November, 2011.

Each successful entrepreneur will receive an average of 1 million shillings with total loans of Kshs 27, 955,000 being set aside cumulatively. The revolving fund that is run through the Kenya ICT Board Digital Villages Project (DVP), started disbursing funds in 2011 and is aimed at addressing disparities in the information flow between rural and urban areas.

In the first round, 37 Pasha Managers were awarded loans, and a total of Kshs 47,889,147 was approved for disbursement in April 2011. To date a total of 34,389,740 has been disbursed through Family Bank which is the administering institution for the fund.

The project run through the Ministry of Information and Communication is a blueprint to achieving Vision 2030, which recognizes that the provision of ICT goods and services in Kenya is important for enabling economic and social development.

The digital village project is an integral part of an innovative public private partnership for taking ICTs to the rural communities in Kenya. Already, the board is collaborating with CISCO and Intel and is currently in talks with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) to further advance the ICT skills of the Pasha Managers and increase ICT advocacy in the rural areas.

All 210 constituencies are earmarked to benefit from the initiative by 2013.

Background Information

The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Information and Communication, with Kenya ICT Board as the implementing body, projects to address the below:

1.    Support the development of affordable access and use of ICT resources in rural communities in a sustainable way;

2.    Simulate the creation of economic opportunities that will spur rural economic development.

The Digital Villages Project was initiated in 2010 and started disbursing loans in 2011.

What are Pasha Centres?

Pasha Centre’s are hubs that provide a host of services to the public via computers connected to the internet, or by using and marketing other ICT-enabled applications. The centres offer a blend of the following services: Internet access, computer training, vocational training, ICT retail, access to government services, entertainment and gaming, typing and data entry, printing services, copying and scanning, cell phones and SIM card sales, Mobile Money or other financial services, IT support and services, office supplies and stationary sales, printer supplies, laminating and photography and other IT enabled services.

NB: Pasha Centres are not Cyber Cafes

 

Who runs and owns the Pasha centers?

The Pasha Centres are run by private entrepreneurs. Prospective entrepreneurs who apply for the Digital Villages Revolving Fund and are successful will be eligible to set up Pasha Centres

How are the loans repaid?

The loans have a three-month grace period and are repayable within three years with a current interest rate of 10.5 percent per annum. No collateral is required to secure the loans, but close monitoring and evaluation is done.

Evaluation

Family Bank evaluates, and forwards three of the best applications per constituency to a Grants committee at the Kenya ICT Board. The Grants committee and Family Bank then select the successful applicants.

About Kenya ICT Board

The Kenya ICT Board was established by HE President Mwai Kibaki, as a state corporation under the State Corporations Act Cap. 446 on 19th February 2007. The Kenya ICT Board’s mission is to champion and actively enable Kenya to adopt and exploit ICT, through promotion of partnerships, investments and infrastructure growth for socio economic enrichment. Its vision is that Kenya becomes a top ten global ICT hub by 2030.

Capacity building programs are needed to establish a national strategy to properly address skills and training issues. Such strategy would need the input, cooperation, and commitment of many parties. It needs to be led by the industry and involve partnerships with the government and education & training providers.

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