Practical Insights on Kenya

How Do We Make Open Data Useful in East Africa?

How Do We Make Open Data Useful in East Africa?

Published on: Oct 26 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How Do We Make Open Data Useful in East Africa?
“What is the use of open data that makes it relevant for everyone?” This candid question was raised at the East Africa Open Data Fest held in Nairobi in August....
Stop Giving Away Smartphones!

Stop Giving Away Smartphones!

Published on: Sep 15 2016 by Wayan Vota - 11 Comments
Pretty much every day, I hear the same failure refrain repeated again and again, “We gave away 50-100 smartphones for our mobile project.” Why is this...
Pop Quiz: Should You Need a License to Practice ICT4D?

Pop Quiz: Should You Need a License to Practice ICT4D?

Published on: Jul 07 2016 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
The Kenyan government recently introduced the Information Communications Technology Practitioners Bill 2016 bill that would require every ICT practitioner to have...
7 Reasons Why Farmers Do Not Use Market Price SMS Text Messages

7 Reasons Why Farmers Do Not Use Market Price SMS Text Messages

Published on: Jun 05 2016 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
On Friday, we had the startling realization that fishermen do not use mobile phones to compare market prices of fish. Besides cultural and legal limitations to...
4 Innovative Ways The Renewable Energy Sector Is Using Mobile Technology

4 Innovative Ways The Renewable Energy Sector Is Using Mobile Technology

Published on: May 30 2016 by Guest Writer - 5 Comments
While NGOs increasingly use mobile technology for monitoring and evaluation, in emerging markets like Kenya, businesses are also using mobile solutions to both...
How to Reduce Misinformation with ICTs in Rural Kenya

How to Reduce Misinformation with ICTs in Rural Kenya

Published on: May 27 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How to Reduce Misinformation with ICTs in Rural Kenya
Misinformation poses a problem to development both in the developed and developing world. With the rise of ICTs, particularly social media, misinformation is propagated...
The Rise of Mobile Money Services in Somaliland

The Rise of Mobile Money Services in Somaliland

Published on: Jan 29 2016 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
In 2009, Somaliland’s biggest mobile network operator, Telesom, launched their mobile payment service “ZAAD”, and today more than 10% of the 3.8 million inhabitants...
Using Technology to Advance Human Rights in Kenya

Using Technology to Advance Human Rights in Kenya

Published on: Aug 26 2015 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Using Technology to Advance Human Rights in Kenya
Joseph Kitaka, a resident of Yatta in Machakos County, Kenya, has always had an interest in defending human rights. His community is faced with numerous challenges,...
Key Success Factors for ICT4D Solutions for Base of the Pyramid Consumers

Key Success Factors for ICT4D Solutions for Base of the Pyramid Consumers

Published on: May 15 2015 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Key Success Factors for ICT4D Solutions for Base of the Pyramid Consumers
Over the past decade, many organizations have leveraged newly available broadband to set up sustainable projects that better include the base of the pyramid (BOP)...
Hey Google: Forget Smart Cars,  Think Smart Matatus for Kenya

Hey Google: Forget Smart Cars, Think Smart Matatus for Kenya

Published on: Jan 07 2015 by Wayan Vota - 9 Comments
Recently at a Red Cross resilience event in Nairobi, we explored several new and emerging technologies for development, including smart cars.  While that didn’t...