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Local content creation

Michael Kende

Tue Mar 24 2015 04:01:30 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Hello all,

I had a question related to job training in

Hello all,

I had a question related to job training in developing countries – please excuse me if it is a bit afield, but this is an irresistible concentration of expertise and talent to tap into.
As part of my job here at the Internet Society I have been working with the Minister of Youth and ICT in Rwanda to help promote local Internet content, to address a demand gap in the market (e.g. 3G mobile broadband is available to 90% of the population in Rwanda, but only 10% have subscribed – some of this is clearly due to affordability, but some is also due to a lack of perceived relevance as there is not enough content that meets local needs). One clear issue, relevant to our discussion, is a lack of local developers and programmers and entrepreneurs, whose content would likely be tailored to the local needs that they know best.
I thought an interesting idea might be a type of 'dancing with the stars' competition, that would pair a Rwandan who has an idea for a mobile service or application (there is no fixed network to speak of) with a foreign expert who could help develop the idea. This would hopefully train the Rwandan in web development and also help the Rwandan to create a business with one or more jobs. Here I am a bit out of my depth though, as I am not a developer myself and do not know the practicalities of this idea – any thoughts – to the group or offline – would be most appreciated.

Best regards,

Michael

PS by way of background,Rwanda has been very advanced in promoting the digital agenda with considerable success, as can be seen in this short blog http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/1-2013-paul-kagame-digital-president-leading-technology-movement or this longer Wired article for example http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-11/04/paul-kagame-exclusive-interview


Tatyana

Tue Mar 24 2015 10:34:55 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Hi Mike,

I am so impressed by your work in Rwanda!
Love

Hi Mike,

I am so impressed by your work in Rwanda!
Love your idea as well!
Recommend the following :
– idea competition first – you want local and global team of judges to review ideas first before getting a development team together to pick the most relevant ones;
– developing winning idea : remote developers can be involved – the whole model has to be flashed out though: who owns the IP; what if the application developed will start bringing significant revenue – will original developers get compensation ??
– on a broader scale – how we can teach local youth programming ? Do they have training materials in local language ? Can we get diaspora to help with creation more training in local language ?
– can local government get involved; ideas for the applications; funding ; training ?

Best of luck!
Tatyana
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Tess Posner

Tue Mar 24 2015 21:30:23 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Hi Michael,

Interesting idea, and great work you are doing. My

Hi Michael,

Interesting idea, and great work you are doing. My company SamaUSA
<http://www.samausa.org> (scalable entrepreneurship + digital skills
training) just launched a program to train 10,000 people in Africa in
digital skills and connect them with digital work, in partnership with
Walmart Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. We'd love to chat with you
or even partner- we are operating in Kenya but looking at Rwanda as well.

Would love to discuss this more with you!

Warmly,

Tess


David Nordfors

Tue Mar 24 2015 22:20:14 GMT-0400 (EDT)

It makes me really happy to see this connection!

Mike –

It makes me really happy to see this connection!

Mike – do you see any synergy between this and the suggested i4j workshop at the IGF Internet Governance Forum i Brazil this autumn? It brings a nice global perspective with Tess and your activities in Africa + that we already have a bunch of i4j ideas together.

/D

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Ivan Kaye

Tue Mar 24 2015 23:44:09 GMT-0400 (EDT)

I have an online business school with 57 strategies audios

I have an online business school with 57 strategies audios and exams focussed on small business
http://courses.10xbusinessschool.com
that I would gladly allow these students to do for free

Let me know how I can help

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BSI
0413339888


Monique Morrow (mmorrow)

Wed Mar 25 2015 02:32:10 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Michael this is excellent!
I met Paul Kagame and his wife

Michael this is excellent!
I met Paul Kagame and his wife this past Oct (in fact I had received a Global Individual Achiever Award -girls in Tech. Met also the Minister of Youth at a minister roundtable (same event)
Love to work on this proposal!

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Michael Kende

Wed Mar 25 2015 04:38:17 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Many thanks to all for your generous suggestions and offers

Many thanks to all for your generous suggestions and offers to help. I will round back to the Minister and come back with some next steps – I truly believe that we have a chance to make a difference here.
As for the workshop, I do think it would be interesting to get someone from Rwanda on the panel – we can put down the name of the Minister and check later if he is coming (that is very standard for these proposals).
Best,
Michael


Blumenthal, Marjory

Wed Mar 25 2015 08:57:06 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Drawing from my Georgetown incarnation, I could connect you, Tess,

Drawing from my Georgetown incarnation, I could connect you, Tess, if appropriate, and others to some Jesuit-supported/run activities in Kenya that focus on youth from families affected by HIV/AIDS, including a wonderful high school that I continue to support personally. Happy to communicate separately on that.

Regards,

M

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Hi Michael,

Interesting idea, and great work you are doing. My company SamaUSA<%3ehttp:/www.samausa.org%3c> (scalable entrepreneurship + digital skills training) just launched a program to train 10,000 people in Africa in digital skills and connect them with digital work, in partnership with Walmart Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. We'd love to chat with you or even partner- we are operating in Kenya but looking at Rwanda as well.

Would love to discuss this more with you!

Warmly,

Tess
Hi Mike,

I am so impressed by your work in Rwanda!
Love your idea as well!
Recommend the following :
– idea competition first – you want local and global team of judges to review ideas first before getting a development team together to pick the most relevant ones;
– developing winning idea : remote developers can be involved – the whole model has to be flashed out though: who owns the IP; what if the application developed will start bringing significant revenue – will original developers get compensation ??
– on a broader scale – how we can teach local youth programming ? Do they have training materials in local language ? Can we get diaspora to help with creation more training in local language ?
– can local government get involved; ideas for the applications; funding ; training ?

Best of luck!
Tatyana
Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 24, 2015, at 1:01 AM, Michael Kende […] wrote:
Hello all,

I had a question related to job training in developing countries – please excuse me if it is a bit afield, but this is an irresistible concentration of expertise and talent to tap into.
As part of my job here at the Internet Society I have been working with the Minister of Youth and ICT in Rwanda to help promote local Internet content, to address a demand gap in the market (e.g. 3G mobile broadband is available to 90% of the population in Rwanda, but only 10% have subscribed – some of this is clearly due to affordability, but some is also due to a lack of perceived relevance as there is not enough content that meets local needs). One clear issue, relevant to our discussion, is a lack of local developers and programmers and entrepreneurs, whose content would likely be tailored to the local needs that they know best.
I thought an interesting idea might be a type of ‘dancing with the stars’ competition, that would pair a Rwandan who has an idea for a mobile service or application (there is no fixed network to speak of) with a foreign expert who could help develop the idea. This would hopefully train the Rwandan in web development and also help the Rwandan to create a business with one or more jobs. Here I am a bit out of my depth though, as I am not a developer myself and do not know the practicalities of this idea – any thoughts – to the group or offline – would be most appreciated.

Best regards,

Michael

PS by way of background,Rwanda has been very advanced in promoting the digital agenda with considerable success, as can be seen in this short blog >http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/1-2013-paul-kagame-digital-president-leading-technology-movement<<%3ehttp:/blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/1-2013-paul-kagame-digital-president-leading-technology-movement%3c> or this longer Wired article for example >http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-11/04/paul-kagame-exclusive-interview<<%3ehttp:/www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-11/04/paul-kagame-exclusive-interview%3c>
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Tess

Wed Mar 25 2015 10:27:42 GMT-0400 (EDT)

That would be wonderful Marjory. Thank you so much!

-Tess

That would be wonderful Marjory. Thank you so much!

-Tess


David Nordfors

Wed Mar 25 2015 18:03:45 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Love this action thread! Rwanda, Kenya and a panel in

Love this action thread! Rwanda, Kenya and a panel in Brazil 😀

About the IGF panel in Brazil –
Mike Kende – Excellent idea to include the Rwandan Minister on the IGF Panel in Brazil. Tess – will you join in Brazil for the IGF panel with Mike, myself and more? SamaUSA can be co-organizer with IIIJ of the i4j panel. Would be fun!

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