Proper Information communication technology infrastructure yet to be fully exploited by the residents of Makueni County, the ministry of education has been on the forefront in the utilization of ICT in training especially in secondary schools thereby improving its usage. The main users of ICT services are youth and the salaried workers who use the internet enabled phones and modems. The county needs to improve in ICT training in order to take advantage of the available opportunities especially with the construction of Konza Technpolis City which is located in the county.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
Most parts of the Makueni county are well covered by mobile phone network provision which stands at 85 per cent. The distribution of good data connectivity infrastructure from these network providers is limited to 2G with minimal 3G distribution only limited to major towns of Wote, Kikima, Mukaa, Makindu, Emali and Mukuyuni. This has solely affected the uptake of major internet services within the county .There are 37 cyber cafes throughout the county situated mainly in main market centres. The county has only 1 private courier service provider and 13 post offices. Makueni has a total population of over 0.9m residents. Enabling Good Community Communication will efficient disaster cubing and management something that has being of great mayhem to the County government of Makueni
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
County Government Of Makueni (Ministry of ICT)- www.makueni.go.ke
Munkav Investments Limited (Department of ICT) – www.munkav.co.ke
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
County News and updates as they occur (Both Development and Current News as well as social blogging)
The mission of Makueni County Forum For US (MCF4us) which is a Community Based Organization (CBO) is to provide access to educational resources that increase the capacity of young people to become employable and self-reliant in today's global marketplace. ICT4D Kenya accomplishes its mission by providing entrepreneurship and employment training to youth along with material and capacity-building support to communities. This targets use of ICT as a strategic enabler to development.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
We already have an Existing Facebook social site with three administrators, We have recruited more than 10, 000 people and currently we are aiming at recruiting another 10,000 before the end of the year. These members are all allowed to freely contribute online on Development affairs, Alert members in case of emerging disasters and also social and political debates.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
For the start of the expansion, I will need twenty trained staff to help with the community awareness of the importance of being digital and communicating digitally
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
The use of Internet enabled Mobile phones
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
2. Schools (Both Primary ans Secondary)
3. Public Barazas
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
I was Born In makueni County (The community), Raised there, Schooled there, and Now working there.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
2. Technological Gaps
3. Lack of operational equipments (phones)
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
I will be evaluating its effectiveness from the Social site that I target to have at least half the population of the County using it Actively.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
Site No. Site Name Month/s
1. Mukaa location Ist Month
2. Kiu Location Ist Month
3. Kitaingo Location 2nd Month
4. Maiani Location 2nd Month
5. Nunguni location 3rd Month
6. Mbiini Location 3rd Month
7. Kwandolo Location 4th Month
8. Kasikeu Location 4th Month
9. Sultan Location 5th Month
10. Mukaa Location 5th Mont
11. Kitaingo Location 6th Month
12. Mumela Location 6th Month
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Proposal contribution- 1,700,000 (Internet access, travel, workshop costs & coordinators)
Local contribution- 410,000 (translation & accessories)
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
General Support of the project i.e Staff,
Munkav Investments Limited