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Kenya MOICT presentation at the Youth Engagement Summit Mauritius


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Presentation by ICT Officer from the Ministry of ICT Kenya at the Youth Engagement Summit Mauritius, forming part of the Kenya Country Showcase panel session

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Kenya MOICT presentation at the Youth Engagement Summit Mauritius

  1. 1. Youth Engagement in ICT: The Case of Kenya Oscar Omondi Senior ICT Officer Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology Dec , 2013
  2. 2. Contents  Introduction  Youth & ICT in Kenya  Challenges  Needs 2
  3. 3. Governments worldwide have recognized the role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) could play in socioeconomic development Countries especially those in the developed world and some in developing countries are putting in place policies and plans designed to transform their economies into an information and knowledge economy. The convergence of technologies including telecommunications, information technology and digital media has created opportunities for citizens in the African continent to take advantage of these technologies to meet the needs of the people in the area of mobile money, print media and automation of processes for decision making. 3
  4. 4. Global Trends Youth are adapting and using these technologies (including telephone, fax, radio, television, film, computers and the Internet) to meet local information and communication needs. In the global information society, young people are often the leading innovators in the use and spread of information and communication technologies (ICTs). ITU 2011 statistics show that 45% of the world’s Internet users are below the age of developing countries, 30% of this age group use the internet compared to 23% of those above the age of 25. 4
  5. 5. Youth and ICT 5
  6. 6. Youth and ICT Incubation programmes The host organization support emerging ICT businesses and incubate them towards success and growth. Grants for SW Development IBM research Lab---at the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA).2012 Designed to drive innovation and help market Kenya as a leading modern services economy, bolstering mobile technology and contributing to the creation of highvalue jobs. Project is being run in partnership with the ICTA 6
  7. 7. Youth and ICT Procurement 30% of government procurement by law dedicated to the youth Professional certification SAP/SW Partnership between ICTA,SAP and multimedia University. Scholarship scheme that will bring SAP certification training to hundreds of the best Kenyan university graduates Citizens from disadvantaged backgrounds in particular to be considered. 7
  8. 8. Wezesha Youth & ICT ‘Wezesha’; a Swahili word that means ‘to enable’. Financial incentive towards purchasing a laptop for registered university The Voucher is worth $120.00 The remaining portion of the laptop purchase must be met by the student purchaser at the point of sale Target: 15,667 laptops 8
  9. 9. PASHA Youth & ICT Digital Village Revolving Fund (DVRF): Advance loans to entrepreneurs to enable them establish the PASHA centres Entrepreneurship Training Technical Support Ksh 320 million loan facility to support the establishment of Pasha Centres across the country. This facility finance Kenyan entrepreneurs willing to set up the Pasha Centres. 9
  10. 10. TANDAA Youth & ICT It promotes the creation and distribution of locally relevant digital content through the Tandaa Symposium and seed money to ICT entrepreneurs. Tandaa is a Swahili word that means ‘to spread’ 10
  11. 11. KENET Youth & ICT KENET is a National Research and Education Network that promotes the use of ICT in Teaching, Learning and Research in Higher Education Institutions in Kenya. KENET aims to interconnect all the Universities, Tertiary and Research Institutions in Kenya by setting up a cost effective and sustainable private network with high speed access to the global Internet. 11
  12. 12. KENET POPs Youth & ICT 12
  13. 13. Youth & ICT KENET Institutional Coverage Map 13
  14. 14. BPO ICT: Konza Techno City Youth & ICT In the economic pillar of Vision 2030, BPO was identified as a key component of creating jobs and wealth 14
  15. 15. The Challenge Young people are often limited from full participation by notions that their time will come. Final Report and Recommendations to the Global Knowledge Partnership (March,2000). Young people remain an untapped resource in decision-making No integration of their knowledge, vision and experience Every technological invention creates two new categories of poverty: Those who can't (lack of ABILITY) use it and those who won't (lack of INTEREST, KNOWLEDGE) use it. 15
  16. 16. Required  Engagement in policy and development process  Widen age group targeted for access and capacity development  Entry knowledge towards using knowledge  Find ways of enhancing creativity & innovation  Develop sustainable and replicable support mechanisms  Bringing ICT literacy to the marginalized  utilize ICT to re-ignite the passion of youths in other sectors of the economy:- Agriculture, health, education  Improving connectivity, increasing access and lowering cost. 16
  17. 17. #End# Any Question? Thank you for your attention 17