How we contribute to the digital development of Kenya

25.04.2017

In March, a DNS Belgium delegation travelled to Kenya for a strategic partner and study tour organised by Close The Gap. We were able to see with our own eyes which projects had been launched with our support.

Close The Gap

DNS Belgium has a been in a partnership with Close The Gap since 2008. This international non-profit organisation's aim is to bridge the digital divide by offering high-quality, pre-owned computers donated by large and medium-sized corporations or public organisations to social, medical, educational and entrepreneurial projects in Belgium and developing countries.

For the requests in Belgium, the King Baudoin Foundation selects the projects that receive PCs with software, support and training. Thanks to our support, 17,817 PCs have been distributed to 1,517 different projects over the past years. Through PC SOLIDARITY, 899 different projects in Belgium were given 7,722 PCs. The other PCs were distributed through Close The Gap projects to 628 projects in Africa, i.e. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zambia. Through a network of about 10 service partners we reach 200,000 people on a weekly basis with these PCs.

Computers For Schools Kenia and the WEEE Centre

The first projects we visited were CFSK, Computers For Schools Kenya and the WEEE Centre. CFSK is the Local partner for Close The Gap in Kenya. They distribute the PCs to Kenyan schools. In addition, they service them and give training to service technicians. They also develop training programmes around the use of computers for the Kenyan education system.

Computers For Schools Kenya 1     Computers For Schools Kenya 2

When these PCs break or become too old, the WEEE Centre ensures they are recycled in a human- and eco-friendly way. In addition to effectively recycling the PCs, the WEEE Centre also trains sorters and campaigns against dumping electronic waste in Africa.

WEEE Centre      WEEE Centre 2

UNEP

During a visit to the campus of the United Nations in Nairobi representatives of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) explained the ever-increasing problem of dumping electronic waste. The ecological impact and the consequences for the Kenyan population's health caused by dumping electronic waste are huge. The importance of organisations such as the WEEE Centre who work toward clearing up this waste is massive.

KARIBUNI                          UNEP

KENIC

Afterwards, we visited the Kenyan Registry. We were welcomed by Abdalla Omari, CEO of KENIC. He showed an interest in the recent migration of our registration platform to the Cloud. We made concrete follow-up appointments to share our knowledge on this subject.

KENIC 1      Kenic 2

ICT4Health

Marleen Temmerman, professor in gynaecology, former head of the Department for Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organisation and member of the board of recommendation of Close The Gap, welcomed us at the Pumwani Maternity hospital and the Aga khan university hospital. She pointed out the importance of ICT 4 Health and the need for technology and PCs in Kenyan healthcare.

Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman      Pumwani Maternity

ICT education and Digital for Development

In the Ushirika Secondary School a new PC lab was opened in the presence of Roxane de Bilderling, the Belgian ambassador to Kenya and Dr. Evans O. Kidero, the provincial governor of Nairobi, among others. We witnessed the huge importance of ICT education for young people. The happiness and gratitude of these children for their new PCs was overwhelming.

Ushirika Secondary School      Ushirika Secondary School 2

The trip ended with a workshop about Digital for Development. Several Kenyan entrepreneurs presented their digital initiatives. We learned about the great initiatives of Nailab, Kytabu, BRCK and Childfinance. Innovation, the potential of youngsters, co-creation and access to ICT were the keywords of their inspiring talk.

Kio Kit      Digital for Development

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Organisation that handles the registration of domain names. A registry maintains the data base containing information about one (or more) domain name extension(s) as .be, .com, .org, .vlaanderen, etc.

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Domain Name System or Domain Name Server. The global DNS is the system and protocol used on the internet to translate domain names into IP addresses and vice versa. 
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