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Related to this project: MODEL-ITU YOUTH ORGANIZATION

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Profile :The current chairman ISACA (Kenyan Chapter);In charge of Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM )Certifications. Also Chief Information Systems Auditor of Chevron (East and South African Region).

In line with MODEL-ITU Pillar one (youth empowerment and entrepreneurship) and pillar four (bridge the digital divide) an interactive training themed: THE KENYA’S ICT SECTOR will be carried out on February 12, 2009 at 7.00 pm, AVU Board Room.

This will be the second training after the ICT FOR ENTREPREUSHIP training held in November 2008.
The training is to explore the various ICT enable opportunities in Kenya and the relevant skills that are necessary to reap the maximally reap these benefits. The training will be based on such areas as: Professional orientation of the ICT Sector
Industrial expectations

Recommended professional certifications
The students , after the free training are expected to apply the knowledge in exploiting the IT enabled services like Business Process Outsourcing and Knowledge Process Outsourcing in entrepreneurial initiatives.

Date: February 12, 2009

Venue: Kenyatta University, African Virtual
University Board Room

February 10, 2009 | 6:16 PM Comments  {num} comments


copudo   copudo Christabell's TIGblog
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UN staff launch charity drive for millions starving in Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya

The United Nations headquarters in Kenya on Monday launched a charity drive to help millions of people facing starvation in their host country.

The ‘Hunger is not an option’ campaign was launched by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT in her capacity as Director General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON).

She appealed to staff members, who number an estimated 3,000, to purchase food vouchers so that the Red Cross can help feed as many people as possible.

“Hunger is not an option,” she said. “But at the moment for 10 million people it is a reality. And as a UN family we have to grapple with the underlying issues. There is food in this country, but the real problem is access.”

A representative of the Kenya Red Cross, Mr. Abdi Noor, said that the famine crisis in Kenya was unprecedented because of a combination of failed rains, and violence and displacement following disputed 2007 presidential elections.

“This therefore means that even areas that have usually been food independent have now been forced to rely on food aid,” he said.

On a separate matter, Mrs. Tibaijuka announced that the World Health Organization in cooperation with the Governments of Italy and Switzerland, would send two surgeons who specialize in burns to Nairobi to help treat the victims of a devastating fire that hit downtown Nairobi last week.

Outside of Vienna and Geneva, Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is home to one of three headquarters of the world body outside the global HQ in New York.

February 10, 2009 | 10:42 AM Comments  {num} comments


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UN-HABITAT and Olympic body sign historic cooperation pact
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UN-HABITAT and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday signed Memorandum of Understanding aimed at promoting youth empowerment through sport by targeting mainly vulnerable and disadvantaged communities world-wide.

The landmark pact was signed by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, UN-HABITAT Executive Director, and the IOC President, Mr. Jacques Rogge, at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A joint statement issued at the ceremony said that through the agreement both sides would strive to encourage advocacy and field-level activities in pursuit of these objectives through UN-HABITAT’s offices and the National Olympic Committees. They would also encourage youth to participate in sports activities and thus promote the Millennium Development Goals to alleviate poverty and to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers everywhere.

“This MOU between UN-HABITAT and the IOC is an important step forward in meeting the challenges of sustainable urbanization especially in the developing world. We must not forget that over 50 percent of slum populations are made up of young people and there is no better way to give direction and motivation than by encouraging them to participate in sports,” said Mrs. Tibaijuka.

The two organizations agreed to establish a follow-up committee that will meet annually to further define, develop, and maintain a programme of international cooperation and implement activities of common interest. The aim is to enable a regular exchange of information and lessons learned, as well as to prepare, publish and disseminate information of mutual interest on the role of youth and sport in urban development.

“The IOC is working closely with a number of UN agencies. The Memorandum of Understanding with UN-HABITAT is another step to promote development through sport and to support the UN Millennium Development Goals. Through this collaboration the IOC and UN-HABITAT will focus on the urban poor: millions of people, particularly children in the slums, for whom sport can bring escapism and hope”, said Mr. Rogge.

February 10, 2009 | 10:41 AM Comments  {num} comments


asudi   asudi MEME's TIGblog
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Related to country: Kenya

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The MODEL-ITU members have volunteered to offer basic ICT skills training to fellow students who are very eager to acquire basic ICT skills so as not to be left belong by the fast changing and multifaceted information society. Perhaps it would be intriguing to mention that some university students may lack the basic computer skills abut this is the reality on the ground.
The training based on the trainees’ convenient time takes place between Monday and Friday 9am-4pm at Science Complex, LAB 5.

According to Mr. Collins Nyanchio of the e-learning, students who join the university from rural schools lack the skills hence the initiative to ensure that all students are computer literate.

Though MODEL-ITU saw it necessary to assist as volunteers, certain underlying benefits to the trainers were pointed out by Mr. Nyanchio who is also in charge of Computer literacy and basis ICT skills like; gaining of confidence in public speech and improved communication skills, possibility of recommendation for the trainers and interaction with the universality technicians and experts that will enable the trainers grasp the latest development in the industry and also get to have practical bits of the hardware and soft wares.

From February 4, 2009, the MODEL-ITU volunteers have been actively involved in this noble venture that not only offers service to humanity but also a serve to entrench the deep rooted student camaraderie world over. In Kenya, it is almost a taboo for a university student to see a colleague; a comrade, in some kind of problem and fail either to lend a helping hand or alert the people with inert solidarity.

This is the basis of our new project meant to advance our PILLAR FOUR, which aims at: Bridging the Digital Divide and ICT Awareness: Model-ITU strongly supports the efforts aimed at bridging the digital divide in readiness for the pre and post eminent ICT renaissance in Kenya that aims at creating ICT Awareness.

During the familiarity joint meeting with the representative of the KU e-learning directorate, Mr. Collins Nyanchio on February 3, 2009, a working arrangement was made based on the volunteer trainers’ free time. In total, 13 volunteers have registered in the imitative with more expected to join later.
The MODEL-ITU Volunteers who are mainly students studying ICT related courses train on the introduction to computers, Microsoft Office, and the internet and email. The other area of focus is instruction on how to use the MOODLE (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment), an open source soft ware that has been developed by the university to allow for e-learning through a resultant virtual class room.

Through the MOODLE which is hosted by the university’s server http://soma.ku.ac.ke, the students are shown how to log in and access notes, assignments and interact with their respective lecturers online.

We encourage more volunteers, including non members and even those outside Kenya to support this project by doing whatever little one can to help bridge the digital divide in pursuit of millennium development goals

February 6, 2009 | 4:20 PM Comments  {num} comments

lucasmburu   lucasmburu Lucas Mburu's TIGblog
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Siphoning petrol, is it only in Kenya and Nigeria?
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Interesting that some Kenyans continue to siphon petrol from tankers even after the Country lost over 130 people in one incident recently. Barely 2 days after, anothet tanker rolled and some people rushed to the scene with jerricans to secure the "free" gas.
Any ideas on how people can be sensitized on the subject? I thought the dangers of petrol were obvious to all but now I think differently.

February 6, 2009 | 3:10 AM Comments  {num} comments


TinaJ   TinaJ Tinaj's TIGblog
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“Peace, love and unity,
We preach about peace to the whole world,
We all want peace,
We all want love,
Peace, love and unity.”

"Oh, that song sounds familiar!" I thought to myself as I listened to some children sing on my way to school. "Now I remember! We used to sing that song when we were kids. Oh my God, that is like twelve-years ago!"
When I was seven years old, I would sing this song with my friends, screaming at the top of my voice. I did not understand what it meant then. Well, it was just a song with words I could pronounce and spell, whatever they meant… I did not give a hoot then!
Now I look back and realize how much weight they carry. This is actually what we all need in the world. The wars, the famines and the poverty! I wondered if those children really know and understand what they are saying. If they could nurture these three virtues at an early stage, it would be easier to change the world. By changing the world I do not mean “changing everyone in the world”, I mean “the person next to you.” This is how peace begins; one step at a time. If we are at peace with each other, then we can love. And if we can love, then we can unite.
I felt like I would sing along with them and reminisce, but instead I walked on and asked myself, “After I learnt what these words mean, what happened to the desire to want to have peace, to have love and to live in harmony and unity? What have I done to show that I want peace, love and unity?” May be I have or maybe I have not. I will let others judge! But if I have not, I am going to make it my mission to preach and exercise peace, love and unity! I will make the prayer of Saint Francis mine until I finally realize what I desire.
Now, having written this, I realize how time has moved fast and I am still me, doing nothing, and waiting for a hero. Just like my mother told me,”Do not go looking for a HERO, be one!” I am not going to live a mediocre life with an albatross (guilt of not contributing) around my neck, a name with no character, no euphony, no style!
Quote: “…and they say that a hero could save us I’m not gonna stand here and wait oh hold on to the wings of a hero watches the hope fly away” NICKLE BACK - hero

February 4, 2009 | 7:10 PM Comments  {num} comments



Related to country: Kenya

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I take this opportunity to welcome you, to Youth for Change organization blog. we are a youth led organization in Kenya and we deals with issues pertaining to the youth i.e. hiv/aids,reproductive health,youth civic engagement,drug and substance abuse,environment etc.
Our blog will be discussing the above issues in our country's content as well as globally.we hope through the blog we will be able to interact ,give adice or solutions to problems affecting us.
thank you
youth for change coordinator

February 4, 2009 | 10:16 AM Comments  {num} comments


Kip   Kip Geoffrey Kipyegon Koech's TIGblog
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NSE;Stocks to Watch in 2009

(The views expressed herein individual evaluations and should not be taken to mean a strong buy advisory but an indication of the likely movers and shakers of 2009)

As the year progresses several investors at the NSE are lost for words as their hard earned investments go down the drain however this is my take for 2009;

Likely Movers
The enactment of the (in)famous media bill has opened a window of opportunity for investments by this company and indications are that Accesskenya is likely to launch a portal fashioned in the way of ebay to compete with others like mamamikes and find. This new window of orpotunity is likely to enhance the synergetic component and thrust the company to a higher level of profitability.
AccessKenya has been one of few star stocks at the NSE since its listing in mid last year, and for the better part of 2008.The information technology company had its share price pegged at Sh32 until May 2008, a valuation that was way above its IPO price of Sh10.Many will be watching as it flexes its muscle.

East African Breweries (EABL)
Day in day out the company continues to churn out large quantities of the famous 'imbibed froth'-beer that continues to attract new customers by the day. Despite the addition of sin tax by the Kenya Revenue Authority continually leading to substantial increase in the prices of this commodity, users continue to throng entertainment places to down the same and this will not stop any day soon.This only serves to enrich the company Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) and eventually net profitability that will affect share prices at the bourse.

Financial results released in September 2008 indicated that the giant brewer returned a pre-tax profit of Sh12.3 billion compared to Sh10.6 billion in 2007 and things are bound to get better.
EABL has maintained one of the highest dividend payout ratios among the NSE listed firms.The company will be doling out to investors an estimated total of Sh6.4 billion in dividends this year equivalent to a payout of Sh8.05 per share- representing a 10 per cent growth over last year.EABL is also turning to fully service the beverage market with the introduction of non- alcoholic drink.

CFC Stanbic
CFC-Stanbic Bank has set off to revamp its retail banking section over the next three years. This will see the bank, which is mainly considered to provide banking and financial services large corporate institutions, parastatals, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions and multi-nationals, open up a number of new retail branches across Kenya. In the last six month the bank has opened four new branches and its planning to open five more by the end of this year, bringing its outlets to 30 with over 40,000 clientele.
The expansion plan after the takeover/merger is likely to be well though out and planned to bring greater returns making it a good stock.

Equity Bank
The company has realize such enviable feats in recent times that the players in the banking sector are yearning for.Being Kenya’s largest retail bank, Equity, has posted an impressive growth that put its ahead of most companies in the banking league.Their expansion programme is growing and expectations are that its performance come the next quarter will still be sterling and hence a darling for most stock pickers.

Centum Investments

Centum investments has announced a 5 years strategic plans (2009-20013) that will help it raise additional capital and take advantage of the investment opportunities created by the global financial crisis. Though the amount and financial option was not detailed, the firm seeks to increase its foothold in sub-Sahara Africa has private foreign investors divest from the region. centum’s asset value has grown from Ksh.3 billion in 2004 to Ksh.8.4 billion at the end of last year with equity portfolio accounting for approximately Ksh.7.9 billion.
As the next quarter results draw closer many are watching for any surprised herein that might significantly transform its share price after the departure of its CEO earlier.

February 3, 2009 | 11:02 AM Comments  {num} comments


Kip   Kip Geoffrey Kipyegon Koech's TIGblog
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Despite Raging Bear Run at NSE, All is not Lost

As the stock market reels under the global financial crisis, contrasting with the bull run realized in early 2007, and lack of investor confidence, a group of investors are feeling most of the heat with their stocks plunging below issue prices. Never mind the fact that some of the victim companies surpass their industry average performance and experts forecasting a bright outlook.January analysts report card gives NSE an empty return.

New IPOs
As most analysts expect more Initial Public Offers of most companies this year, Investment advisers, brokers and investors alike might be taking a back seat before venturing to take up the Offers for sale coming their way.Kenya Pipeline is set to be made public(read an analysis by Bankelele) In fact the Government offered papers are now more secure and give better returns on Investments and this might have informed the issuance of the Infrastructure Bond by the Government mid this week.
Kenya has budgeted over Sh51 billion in infrastructure bonds comprising Sh33 billion and Sh18 billion through a debut international sovereign bond and long term domestic bonds respectively to finance rehabilitation and expansion of the road network.At the onset Treasury has issued a Sh18.5 billion infrastructure bond.Potential investors expected to take up this issue include commercial banks, insurance firms, pension funds and private firms.

Market Performance
Overall, all investors at the Nairobi Stock Exchange have lost considerably if the market performance gauge —the NSE 20-Share Index— and market capitalisation are anything to go by.The index has been oscillating around the 3100 and 3500 mark and the psychological 3000 mark might surpassed what with the low investor confidence, considerable erosion of the investments in most counters and low trade turnovers. The bear run might persist butr not for long as it is a cycle like in any other market of the world.

20 Share Index and NASI
In close to 3 years, the index has slid from a high of 6161 points recorded in February 2007,opening levels of 5016 points for 2008 and peak of 5445.66, on June 9, and the NASI has declined by 41.13 per cent from a peak of 116.243 to 68.52 in the same period.

Global Financial Crisis
The global financial crisis has exacerbated the situation as foreign investors, who were expected to cushion the stock against any panic sale, have joined the retail investors in offloading the stock to consolidate their investments and probably explore other possible investments in other emerging market that promise to retunr good earnings on investments.

Strong Fundamentals
The above notwithstanding, the Kenyan financial market is still growing stronger by the day and though the effects of contagion might be felt, it is not all that bleak a future after all.
A company like Safaricom that entered the market with alot of expectations amongst the investing public remains fundamentally strong,though its shares have slid below the Sh5 offer price since they debuted at the NSE on June 9 this year, and oscillating around sh 3 by the end of January 2009.

Most Profitable Company
Safaricom is currently ranking as the most profitable listed company in Eastern Africa, whose only undoing has been the huge supply of the 40 billion listed shares into a market that previously had a mere 15 billion shares which brings in a case of poor structuring by the investment advisors for the IPO or the greed to raise so much money from the public that would stop at nothing to acquire the company.

Safaricom saw its pre-tax profit rise to Sh8.9 billion for the six months ending September 30 last year, up from Sh8.7 billion recorded over similar period in 2007, is strong since it controls about 80 per cent of the market and is operating in a growing industry—Information and Communication Technology.

Regional Comparison
Compared to its regional counterparts, the NSE has registered the biggest loss so far since the beginning of the year.

January 31, 2009 | 8:01 AM Comments  {num} comments


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Related to country: Kenya

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It's so unfortunate that most politicians will talk of the constitution among other things while people struggle with hunger, housing, cost of living...you name it. We are only left to wonder what do politicians prioritize?

January 31, 2009 | 4:37 AM Comments  {num} comments


copudo   copudo Christabell's TIGblog
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Barcelona hosts cities policy forum
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Barcelona, Spain

The City of Barcelona and the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments hosted the Cities Alliance Annual Public Policy Forum, on 20 and 21 January, which this year focused on ways to improve the effectiveness of development aid.

La Pedrera (Catalan for 'The Quarry'), is a Barcelona landmark designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi during the years 1906–1912. Photo © D. Biau / UN-HABITAT

Local and regional government representatives, donor agency representatives and development institutions agreed on the need to improve city management to combat poverty at the global level, by focusing efforts on the poorest neighbourhoods and by putting local actors in the driver’s seat of urban development.

“Cities are ready to fulfill their responsibilities to the most disadvantaged among their citizens. We cannot, however, be truly effective unless we reinforce joint plans and strategies with all the actors involved in development. For this to happen, there needs to be an agreement between local and national governments and multilateral organizations,” the mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, declared at the opening of the forum.

The participants urged the international community to redouble efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals, which they said could only be achieved if local authorities were brought in as 'real' partners.

Acknowledging the relevance of the principles established by the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, participants asked national and international stakeholders to ensure that, in the implementation of international programmes of action, such as the Accra Agenda for Action, local governments are systematically included in the definition, implementation and monitoring of these projects.

The representative of UN-HABITAT, Mr. Daniel Biau, said that his agency was fully committed to the principles of the Paris Declaration on country ownership, the alignment of external support on national priorities and harmonization of external assistance, including around the newly defined UN-HABITAT country programmes.

Launched in 1999, by the World Bank and UN-HABITAT, the Cities Alliance partnership is dedicated to urban development. It brings together development agencies, national governments and local authorities. The World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), a member of the Cities Alliance, provides leadership in various areas such as local finance and decentralization

January 30, 2009 | 12:38 PM Comments  {num} comments


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UN-HABITAT extends a helping hand to Gaza
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UN-HABITAT is to field a mission to Gaza to assess the damage and to take part in the early recovery programme as part of the larger UN assessment team which was initiated earlier this week by the UN Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon after his visit to the region.

Damaged Warehouse at UNRWA Headquarters. Pic © UNMultimedia

In a statement issued in New York, the Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka said: “In line with UN-HABITAT’s technical mandate, the focus of this advance mission will be to focus on shelter and settlement recovery, basic infrastructure rehabilitation and to support to local authorities in managing post-conflict reconstruction. In fact, our Habitat Programme Managers on the ground are already taking part in the initial consultations.”

She concluded by committing UN-HABITAT to extending support and expertise to the Palestinian people in Gaza in order to help them overcome this humanitarian disaster.

The 22-day conflict claimed over 1,300 lives and wounded 5,450 as well as causing widespread suffering and destruction.

During his visit Mr. Ban Ki-moon said: “I have come to Gaza to see for myself the extent of the damage caused by the last three weeks of fighting and to demonstrate my solidarity with the population of Gaza and to assure you of the United Nations and the international community’s full support to help you overcome this difficulty.”

As a full member of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Humanitarian Affairs, UN-HABITAT’s contribution and response with regard to upcoming rehabilitation and reconstruction needs are fully integrated with the United Nations system efforts led by the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA.

For further information see also http://www.un.org/News/

January 30, 2009 | 4:24 AM Comments  {num} comments


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Related to this project: Angela- community connector

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Dear TIG Members,

Here is an opportunity to participate in active blogging.

Academy Teleconference Training

The Opportunities and Perils of Blogging for HIV/AIDS Advocates

Wednesday, February 4: 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Click here to register
talking about blogs, blogs, blogs... and many of us know they can be a lot
of fun to read.

But what is a blog? And are they worth our time as HIV/AIDS advocates
seeking to win change and improve our efforts against the epidemic? If we
know our communication goals, how can blogging be a part of reaching them in
the Web 2.0 Era?

Join us for a stimulating call with two AIDS community bloggers who will
discuss the basics of blogging, how to set goals for your use of blogs to
further our work, and tips for making your posts or comments really work for

*At the conclusion of the teleconference, participants will be able to:*

- Understand what a blog is and its role as a communication tool
- Identify at least three characteristics of blogs that can be considered
for strategic communications as HIV/AIDS advocates
- Set goals for their individual and organizational presence on blogs
- Utilize key strategies for successful blog posts and comments


*Jim Pickett*, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, webmaster for
their affiliated blogs

*Kenyon Farrow*, National Public Education Director for Queers for Economic
Justice, Policy Institute Fellow with National Lesbian & Gay Task Force, and
creator of www.kenyonfarrow.com


*Julie Davids*, Senior Consultant, CHAMP, and contributor to




32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004
Tel: 212.937.7955 Fax: 401.633.7793 E-mail: champ *at* champnetwork.org


Vanessa Brocato
Executive Director, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP)

New York, NY / Providence, RI

(212) 937-7955 x10 office
(347) 243-2058 mobile
(401) 633-7793 FAX

January 30, 2009 | 1:47 AM Comments  {num} comments


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