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Microsoft donates computers to Kenyan youth
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30/06/2008
Nairobi




UN-HABITAT facilitated the setting up of the One stop centre in collaboration with City Council of Nairobi. It was opened in 2003 on the International Youth day. Under the Ministry of Youth and Sports policy the ministry is setting up empowerment centres nation wide at the constituency level. The Ministry is using the One Stop centre model to replicate country wide. One stop centre model provides space and information for youth engagement

The objectives of the youth empowerment programme is to facilitate youth engagement towards building a better Kenya. Youth employment, empowerment and participation are among the strategic pillars for the Ministry’s strategic interventions

Speaking during the occasion, Microsoft representatives said they will assess the utilization of the first bunch of computers with a view for more support in future while a government of Kenya officials disclosed that there was provision for setting up youth empowerment centres country wide in the national budget.

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Developing economies don't back G-8 climate goal
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TOYAKO, Japan - A joint gathering of major developed and developing nations on Wednesday agreed that climate change was "one of the great global challenges of our time" and pledged to back a United Nations effort to conclude new climate pact by 2009. The major economies said they supported longterm and midterm goals for greenhouse-gas reductions, but endorsed no targets.

It came a day after the Group of Eight major industrial democracies set a goal of halving heat-trapping emissions that contribute to global warming by 2050.
The U.S.-led, 17-member group issued a final statement on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit in northern Japan.

"We support a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, including a long-term global goal for emission reductions, that assures growth, prosperity, and other aspects of sustainable development," the expanded group said.

But the developing nations invited to the gathering were not ready to go as far as supporting the 50 percent reduction by 2050.
Jim Connaughton, chairman of President Bush's Council of Environmental Quality, said that "several" of the emerging economies were willing to support the target, but not enough to allow that language to be put in the declaration. He did not say which nations.

The White House did not speak of a setback; the fact that the group met as one and vowed to work together to reduce emissions "will give us greater confidence and commitments as we go to next year," said Connaughton.
The expanded group included China and India. They were invited to sit at the table with the Group of Eight: the U.S., Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Russia.
The statement on Wednesday also pledged to support a U.N.-led effort to conclude a new global warming pact by the end of next year.
Environmentalists, however, deplored the statement as meaningless without any targets.

"This whole initiative has been a wild goose chase and hasn't brought anything constructive to the U.N. talks," said Antonio Hill, of the aid group Oxfam International, an advocacy group that works on climate change and other causes.
Developing nations such as China and India have criticized the G-8's position statement for failing to state clearly what wealthy nations' commitments are, and that opposition was reflected in the lack of a longterm target in Wednesday's communique among the broader group.
Bush has pushed the so-called Major Economies Meeting to gather the countries most responsible for the greenhouse gases being emitted today.
Critics have attacked the grouping for excluding nations, such as small-island states, who will suffer most from the effects of global warming, such as rising sea levels.

In its own statement, the G-8 did not specify a base year for its proposed 50 percent cut, and the actual emissions reductions and the effect on the environment could vary hugely depending on what is eventually decided. Reductions from 2005 levels, for instance, would be far less than from 1990 levels, as in the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

Still, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it was essential to set a long-term goal for global greenhouse emissions by 2050. He said the world cannot afford to wait until 2009, when nations are planning to try to conclude a new global warming treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol when its first phase expires in 2012.

The United States has never ratified the Kyoto treaty, with Bush complaining that it puts too much of a burden on the U.S. and other developed countries to reduce emissions while developing giants such as China and India are given a freer rein to pollute even as they vigorously compete with America around the world.

Bush will leave office next January, and both major candidates to succeed him have said they are willing to go further in cutting back American emissions.

The G-8 statement solidified a pledge made at the last summit in Germany a year ago to seriously consider such a long-term target.

But the move fell far short of demands by some developing countries and environmentalists pushing for deeper cuts by 2050 and a firm signal from wealthy countries on what they are willing to do on the much tougher midterm goal of cutting emissions by 2020.

"To be meaningful and credible, a long-term goal must have a base year, it must be underpinned by ambitious midterm targets and actions," said Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. "As it is expressed in the G-8 statement, the long-term goal is an empty slogan."

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Poetry
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Life,love and poetry
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Life,love and poetry
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Top 10 Biggest Interview Mistakes
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Hiring managers don't want to hear a lot of things during an interview – confessions of a violent past, a cell phone ring, a toilet flush. Yet job seekers have committed these interview gaffes and worse, according to CareerBuilder.com's annual survey of the worst interview mistakes.

Odd behavior isn't the only way to ruin your chances of landing a job. When hiring managers were asked to name the most common and damaging interview mistakes a candidate can make, 51 percent listed dressing inappropriately. Forty-nine percent cited badmouthing a former boss as the worst offense, while 48 percent said appearing disinterested. Arrogance (44 percent), insufficient answers (30 percent) and not asking good questions (29 percent) were also top answers.

To ensure your interview is smooth and error-free, follow these five tips.

Do some research: When you walk into a job interview, knowledge of the company's history, goals and current activity proves to the interviewer that you are not only prepared for the interview, but also that you want to be a part of the organization.

Don't lie: If the conversation drifts to a topic you're not knowledgeable about, admit you don't know the answer and then explain how you would go about finding a solution. Displaying your problem-solving skills is better than babbling about something you don't understand.

Keep it professional: Although interviewers often try to create a comfortable setting to ease the job seeker's nerves, business decorum shouldn't disappear. Avoid offering personal details that can be controversial or have no relevance to the position, such as political and religious beliefs or stories about a recent break-up.

Know what to expect: Expect to hear staple interview questions: "What's your biggest weakness?" "Why do you want to work here?" "Tell me about yourself." "Why did you leave your last job?" These open-ended questions are harder to answer than they sound, so think about your responses before the interview.

Put on a happy face: The interview is not the time to air your grievances about being wronged by a past boss. How you speak about a previous employer gives the hiring manager an idea of how you'll speak about him or her once you've moved on.

Unfortunately, many job seekers are not only ignoring these tips, they're making mistakes that leave unforgettable impressions for all the wrong reasons. Here are 10 real-life examples from this year's survey:


* Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.


* Applicant told the interviewer he wouldn't be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died and his uncle wasn't "looking too good."


* The job seeker asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.


* The applicant smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.


* Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was "classified."


* Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.


* When the applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn't want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.


* An applicant said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person" – in her interview for an accounting position.


* During a phone interview the candidate flushed the toilet while talking to hiring manager.


* The applicant took out a hair brush and brushed her hair.





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UN-HABITAT partners with private firms for solid waste collection
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07/07/2008
Nairobi



Working in collaboration with two Kenyan engineering firms, UN-HABITAT has developed innovative tractor trailer system and a small pick up vehicle to meet the solid waste collection needs of small towns.

In a clear demonstration of public-private sector partnership which it has been championing, UN-HABITAT tapped Farm Engineering Industries Limited based in the western Kenya town of Kisumu and Ndume Engineering of Gilgil town, also in Kenya to develop the inventions..

“This is going to be a major boost in our war against waste in the municipality,” said a technician given training on the new system last week. “We are really grateful to UN-HABITAT for coming up with this idea.”

In Kisumu, the The participants were also addressed by Engineer Patrick Ombogo the Chief Executive of the Lake Victoria South Water Services Board, a one of the UN-HABITAT implementing partner partners under the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative.

Mr. Ombogo challenged the technicians, operators and officials of local authorities in the project towns and their bosses to cultivate a culture of maintenance for their equipment. He said regular good maintenance will in the long run ensure that the machines last longer and are cost effective.

“Even if UN-HABITAT continues to pour in mmoney into this equipment, if they are not well maintained this would just be money going down the drain and this is wastage we must stop,” he said.

The Ndume Little Pickup has a flat deck body with a very low loading height. The flat body carries six or eight bins of waste which can be lifted on or off the pick-up by hand. In six of the seven towns, these vehicles will be used to provide a primary collection service, collecting bins of waste from businesses and residential premises and transporting them for transfer into large containers or low loading height trailers which will then be transported to the disposal site.

The target towns are Homa Bay and Kisii in Kenya, Bukoba and Muleba in Tanzania, and Kyotera and Nyendo Ssenyange (a satellite town of Masaka Municipality) in Uganda, as well as from the border town of Mutukula on the Uganda /Tanzania border.

The Lake Victoria Region Water and Sanitation Initiative is a collaborative effort of UN-HABITAT with the Governments of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and the Secretariat of the East African Community. It supports small towns in the Lake Victoria region to attain the water and sanitation target of the Millennium Development Goals. Its objectives are to improve the water supply and sanitation coverage for the poor and to reduce the pollution of the lake from these towns. UN-HABITAT provides capacity building and grant support to seven towns in the Lake Victoria region to rehabilitate existing facilities and to improve local capacity for operations, maintenance and service delivery.

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WUF4 at Nanjing, China 3-6 November 2008
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30/06/2008
Nairobi

Further to the special announcement of 21 June 2008, on the possible postponement of World Urban Forum, we are pleased to announce that the Forum will take place as previously planned from 3 November 2008 in Nanjing , China. UN-HABITAT and the host Government of China invite participants to continue registering for WUF4 online at www.unhabitat.org/wuf . Any inconvenience caused is regretted.

After the recent earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China, which is host to the Fourth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF4), had suggested a possible postponement of the meeting to enable the Ministry to focus on the reconstruction effort which is a priority.

However, recognizing the efforts that have already gone into the preparations for the Forum by Habitat Agenda partners and UN-HABITAT, the Government of China has confirmed that it will host the Forum in Nanjing from 3- 6 November 2008.

UN-HABITAT and the Committee of Permanent Representatives in Nairobi have expressed their appreciation of the constructive approach and understanding of the Government of China.

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Advancing social entrepreneurship
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01/07/2008
Nairobi



UN HABITAT, the University of Colorado and partners held a two-day seminar this week to launch a new research study in Kenya, India and Nepal to see how social entrepreneurship relates to sustainable community and urban development. “UN HABITAT believes that research such as this will allow us to provide the global community a baseline from which to better understand how to support social entrepreneurship,” said Mr. Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Director of monitoring and research at UN-HABITAT.

The Kenyan phase of the study will take place in the capital Nairobi over the next three weeks and will involve many government and non-government partners.

Mr. Stephen Jalenga of the Kenyan Ministry of Youth Affairs said the Kenyan government was taking the lead in promoting entrepreneurship through its Youth Fund. In its most recent budget, he said the government had allocated the equivalent of USD 3.8 million to youth through various projects, some of which were modeled after the One Stop Youth Resource Information Centres developed by UN HABITAT and its partners through the Global Partnership Initiative for Urban Youth Development.

The second day of seminar moved to airobi's downtown One Stop Youth Resource Information Centre which has the back of the University of Colorado.

“To better understand social entrepreneurship, we felt that we needed to go to a space in Nairobi where young entrepreneurs were creating their own businesses and receiving training,” said Mr. Doug Ragan, Coordinator of the University of Colorado research programme in Kenya. “We were inspired by the innovation and ingenuity of the young entrepreneurs we met there, and they provided valuable input into the research process.”

The Kenyan phase of the research project will be undertaken for the next 3 weeks. The project is scheduled for completion in all three countries by year's end with a report to follow early in 2009.


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PEACE BUILDING AFTER POLL VIOLENCE;RE INTEGRATING KENYAN YOUTH
Related to country: Kenya

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One time USA President, JOHN FITZGERALD, earnestly declared, "Absence of war does not signify presenceof peace." It is therefore of paramount importance to critically correlate peace, violence and calmness in a society and the underlying connotations among Kenyan youths especially in the run up to and the blood chilling events after the 2007 disputed presidential elections.
As a witness of and victim of post poll crisis, the gloomy and horrific era in modern Kenyan history, my article will attempt to explore the situations that might have made neighbor to rise against neighbor, father against non tribe wife and country man against country man.
Secondly, I will strive to offer various alternatives that could be employed to curb any future potential causes of violence.
Similarly, from my experience and interaction with fellow youths I will propose a national reconciliation and patriotism-building venture. Violence in Kenya especially before elections spring from socio-economic woes that is sedimented by ear appealing political tribal rhetoric.

The politically funned tribal violence have systematically grown into a monster with every post independence governments doing very little to address the deep underlying issues if not being responsible in away in their multiplication .Kenya, it is true, has registered impressive rating in the literacy level. Today, we have 29 universities apart from numerous colleges that offer certificate, diploma and degree courses.
However, the policy makers have never been much appalled by the bulging number of the unemployed youths. The human resource development policy in Kenya, to me would read, "Let natural attrition play its role" –the aged will retire or resign or die to give room for fresh graduates. To sustain themselves, youths engage in violence, robberies and crime to make ends meet. During campaigns, they become goons for hire ready to kill lest life become unbearable for the fellows who live from hand to mouth. As a result, they view life as being too short with nothing to lose in case of havoc.
Truly, what will a ghetto dweller lose as much as Muthaiga counter part in case Kenya goes up in flames? The realistic challenges I believe are to be blame for the birth of dangerous local tribal gangs like mungiki, sungu sungu, Taliban, SLDFs among others. Equally, it is common wise man wisdom that blood is thicker than water. Therefore, to prove thae unbroken African kinship of negative ethnicity, these gangs under pretext of community policing to protect their own do unleash grave terror on fellow citizens whose mistake is not speaking their tongues. Therefore, any feeble whistle blow by a nationally imaged politician to the warriors will spontaneously without any thought spark violence. Ignorance and unquestionable oaths also serve to bind the gangs.Firstly, combating Kenyan gangs lie on addressing to feel and firmly fill the deep-rooted void of tribalism that the brutish British colonials and unfeeling successive regimes have shaped.

This can be done through massive civic education targeting the syllabus, curiculun, adult education and the mass media.Every Kenyan youth need to be brought up with a sense of nationalism and patriotic pride. Education will also help erase tribal stereotyping, tribal halo effects and warrior like ethnic pride. We must candidly put in place ethnic relations and national cohesion strategies to end age old opinion of some citizens as; arrogant and proud… thieves.. Uncouth and uncivilized, unfit to lead…more senior than others..
"Secondly, we must strengthen our institutions with a view to creating checks and balances, accountability and independence and devolution of power. Most African youths have rebelled against their own governments due to ‘winner take it all’ electoral outcomes, exclusion of some people from economic participation and unfair distribution of resources these facts if rained of ethnicised minds of desperate youths will surely cerate inter tribal tensions. In Kenya, the weakness of the electoral body and the judiciary are mainly to blame for the violence. When hopeless youths have no alterative, their anger will surely turn to violence as a commutating strategy.

Institutional independence will also end our national way of life of impunity. Thirdly, we need local grown solutions to some of the challenges. Imposing solutions negotiated by the apex politicians in Nairobi may not sometimes work just like forcing tribal cohesion at a gunpoint. Dialogue among all opinion holders in war prone areas should be employed. This will promote collaboration., iron out mistrust and strike out a workable arrangement in sharing local resources. In the end, mutual harmony will be fostered as stepping -stone to forgiveness and reconciliation.Similarly, community based youth organization should be developed with government and NGOs assistance. Trainings on self employment, financial management and poverty alleviation should be offered with a view to youth empowerment.

This enable the idle youths to be employed and acquire income. Infrastructure like irrigation, power and roads should be established in rural areas to promote agriculture and Asian tigers style ICT among the youths. With reliable power supply, creative youths will gainfully express their thinking faculties intelligently and objectively in running of information centers like the global village initiatives.A youth run leadership and ideas exchange program should also be formed. This will promote youth participation in communal affairs like CDF Allocations, youth empowerment and leadership.

This program will also promote peer education and counseling to help those who are mentally tortured following election violence. The program dubbed Kenyan peace ambassadors should craft civic awareness through youth run peace road show, radio programmes peace extravaganza, sports , cultural shows, workshops and roundtable forums.Finally to rehabilitate the youths who participated in the ritual killings, a broad based emotional assistance should be put in place. It is a plain truth that if this group is neglected now and rejected or branded as villains they can easily fall back to the practice of murder and crime life. The government and NGOs should not only reach out to the political victims but also offer psychological and moral support to the very perpetrators of ethnic killings.

These initiatives will therefore ensure that calmness we enjoy is turbaned into sustainable peace through- and -round the youths.
A serious nation will truly insure the youth’s future and end their political exploitation as mere rubber-stamping objects.

MICHAEL ASUDI,

KENYATTA UNIVERSTY STUDENT,

2008 ITU YOUTH ALUNI.

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We need the perseverance principle of success
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To all global visionary leaders. Though we are seeing some anointed, let us persevere in this leadership call.soon we shall arrive-Robinson Abuyeka

THE PERSEVERANCE PRINCIPLE OF SUCCESS

In many cases the achievements you thought would come to you, seem to delay or take longer periods than expected. That is when you need the perseverance principle. Only those who are wise enough to wait for a little bit long time get the best crown of success. Perseverance means that a person endures all hardships, troubles and failures while focusing ahead for better things. One keeps struggling and waiting for his dreams to come true until when they finally come. It is true that God allows us to pass through some situations so that he may finally bless us. We only need to stick to the rules of life and endure all hardships, working hard and doing every possible requirement. For sure success is coming and is meant for us, only if we persevere.

Being patient is the greatest weapon you can ever use to deal with situations and reap the many benefits locked into the realms of life. Patience enables you to accumulate enough hope and act accordingly. Hope is good to start you up, but you need to follow it with action. When you want something and expect it, then you hope for it, wait for it and take action to get it. Finally it will be yours. Many at times we give up when our dreams are just a few miles away. The misleading attitude of giving up is dangerous as it makes the victim a looser, worse of a complete failure when they could have won.

Mulati Tom Wakachala my uncle told me on 18th of May 2002 that “No matter the duration it takes for you to get successful, do not give up. Your giving up only makes you to loose the nearby success. Wait for success. It is coming”. When everything looks hopeless, persevere, for soon a ray of light will shine upon your situation. One day the cloud of darkness covering you, will be over completely and the shadow ahead of you will return to your back. Your vision of things will be clear. You will see what you thought was far coming to you with joy. Memories of a bitter beginning will be past tense. The end is always better than the beginning to those people who persevere.

When all ways you try fail, just know that there is still one way you have not tried or fully exploited. In all things trust upon God and he will come to your rescue.

Nelson Mandela former South African president fought apartheid for a long time. His determinant attitude of never quitting up enabled him to spend 27 years in prison. He knew that despite the many years that passed as he spends in prison, quitters never win and winners never quit. He was released in 1992 and became the first democratically elected president in 1994 and that is when his dream came true. Mandela forgave those who put him in prison and has remained the most respected African statesman that ever existed. He only served for one term and handed to Thabo mbeki.

Always when people are confined in a situation for over a decade, they think their future is bleak. Only those who are dead cannot alter their future. Your situation may tally for long but one day, an amazing reward will come to you. God is also persevering with you and wants to even bring your reward in the exact time. Therefore do not quit or even worry. Keep on waiting with a brave heart.


Never ever get discouraged but only persevere on. The more your reward delays, the bigger and more better it becomes. When it arrives, it will be a big surprise to you. Hold onto your dreams and goals. After a little while they will come to you. There is no defined period for goals to come true. Some may come faster but others you must just persevere your conditions. Life is so funny. It subjects you to many tests, hardships and struggles just to make you think you may loose your reward. But after a little perseverance,


your reward comes to you always better furnished and admirable. If you want something and feel you deserve it, go for it and wait for your reward. Do not underestimate yourself. If you really want something and set out to get it, the whole world will assist you to get it. Robinson 2008

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LIving in the same world (Tallberg forum 2008)
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My name is George Kasera, I work for Kenya disabled Action Network; a youth initiative that works towards the empowerment and sustainability of young people with disabilities in Kenya.

To me, attending and contributing in the Tallberg forum 2008 was a great honour which I found very interesting, both the plenary and workshops. The Forum is truly unique and i had the most remarkable experience; i must say.

Tallberg in-deed is tall and still growing tall because it unites people from different backgrounds; rich & poor, leaders & the led, disabled & able bodied etc, and make people to see others problem before their own. Tallberg forum unites world leaders and mainly focuses on youth empowerment and sustainability.
According to me global worming has two meanings depending on where you are regionally; for instance in Europe and US it is a climate issue but in Africa and Asia it is an economic issue.
I leave Tallberg Sweden a very different person who now understands the real meaning of “living in this same world”.



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Youth Fund earns praise for its recovery rates

After a successful beginning, the Youth Fund is set to receive more funds from institutions seeking to improve life for 13 million unemployed youth.

The Youth Enterprise Fund is earning accolades for its sustainability seen in its revolving kitty that has recorded impressive repayments during the second year of operation.

Fund chief executive Umuro Wario said a recovery rate of 95 per cent, in line with those recorded by microfinance lenders like Kenya Women Finance Trust and K-Rep Bank, was realised on the Sh858 million lent out previously.

He said Sh250 million of proceeds from previous loans had been lent out again, in the first official audit of the fund’s performance.

The fund disburses loans to youth groups with viable proposals for venturing into enterprise at an interest rate of eight per cent.

The money is advanced through appointed banks which remit one per cent of the interest income to the Fund for administration, research and policy formulation.

The fund also gets operational finance from the Treasury which allocated Sh500 million for the next fiscal year, out of which Sh25 million will be for meeting recurrent needs.

Under its three year strategic plan running to 2011, the fund aims at having a self sustaining fund of Sh5 billion.

Despite the small Treasury allocations, Mr Wario said commercial banks had indicated interest in venturing into the model with the aim of cashing in on the high recoveries.

“There are good indicators that the new partnership between the fund and the private sector is going to unlock substantial financing for youth enterprise,” Mr Wario said.

The fund, which was made a parastatal last year, has now recruited its own staff and shifted to a new office at National Bank Building.
Previously, the fund was relying on staff seconded from the Ministry of Finance.

Critics had feared the fund would turn into another milk - cow because of the high risks associated with the borrowers, many of them convenience vehicles crafted to take advantage of the funds by first time businessmen.

This handicap forced financial intermediaries disbursing the loans to employ strict vetting criteria for the business plans, knocking out those whose viability could not be assured.

During the initial face, good business proposals were left out due to demands for collateral. Mr Wario says the implementation strategy has been revised since then, to benefit more applicants.The new approach, he says, focuses on the needs of borrowers and the environment informing their operations. The fund has a potential client base of 13 million youths who are unemployed.

Because of the low injections from government, Mr Wario said there is need to increase private sector financing through innovative ways where lenders own the project in equity with the borrowers and provide funds and technical advice.

This would knock out the need for collateral. Already the Fund is in talks with the Canadian government and Enablis East Africa, a venture capital fund based there, whose conclusion may see the firm provide Sh850 million to the Youth Enterprise Fund in the next five years.

Mr Wario said that several fund raising initiatives were being followed locally with the private sector as well as donors. Other issues identified in the strategic plan were facilitation of product marketing, employment of the youth and capacity enhancement financed by the fund.

Written by Githua Kihara






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wvdial in ubuntu gutsy gibbon





Ubuntu is a GNU/Linux distro. I did install it on a friends PC,with great help from him, i was doing the 'i386' version,
because i wanted to use 'Debian etch' DVD as a third party repository.
This saves alot of bandwith money, than trying to get codecs and other impotant restricted files from online repositories. After the installation comes the trick part of configuring Ubuntu 'Gutsy Gibon' 7.01 to use a nokia 3110c as a modem. However i finally managed and here is a simple tutorial.
Connect the phone in 'nokia mode' -this enables the modem & not the usb functionality of the phone.
Let the phone standby.
Open ternminal and type: wvdialconf -this checks for available modems that can use 'wvdial'
On the terminal, type: sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf
-this enables you to open the wvdial.conf file for editing.
Insert *99# as phone number
remove any text after username and password fields. Thats all.
U now need to connect your modem,
You do this by openning the terminal and typing: wvdial
Note: the above settings work with safaricom and celtel networks in Kenya. Ensure that the phone is configured for internet surfing and packet data settings are set to always on.

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