May 072013
 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, May 7, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Foreign Secretary met President Kenyatta and discussed Kenya’s significant contribution to Somalia and bilateral relations.

 

The Foreign Secretary met President Kenyatta of Kenya today in the margins of the London Somalia conference. They discussed how best to support the Government of Somalia’s priorities for rebuilding the country; recognising Kenya’s vital role as a neighbour of Somalia, as a troop contributor to African Union Forces in the country, and host to more Somali refugees than any other nation. They also discussed a range of bilateral issues and how the UK and Kenya would work together on regional security, prosperity and development. The Foreign Secretary acknowledged President Kenyatta’s commitment to the judicial process with regards to the International Criminal Court.

 

Speaking after the meeting, the Foreign Secretary said:

 

“I expressed gratitude for Kenya’s significant contribution to bringing security to Somalia through the AU Mission in Somalia, and welcomed the progress made in recent discussions between regional leaders and the Somali President on building political stability in Somalia. We also discussed bilateral relations. The UK is the largest cumulative investor in Kenya, and there are more British visitors to Kenya than from anywhere else. It is in the interests of both our countries to build on these strong ties.”

 

Source: APO

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May 072013
 

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The latest breakthroughs from around the world in the use of mobile technologies for development will be showcased at a forum at Strathmore University, Nairobi, on Wednesday (8 May). Convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Motorola Solutions, the roundtable discussion will be attended by leading policy makers, development practitioners, technology manufacturers and local innovators.

Now in hands of more than 6 billion people across the developed and developing world – smart phones, tablets and other mobile technologies have become increasingly important channels through which innovative development solutions are being delivered or advanced. Kenya is known for its social innovators who have dynamically adapted mobile applications for development and also for its success with Open Source Software application design and development.

At the event, UNDP and Motorola Solutions will launch an International Network of Social Innovators for Human Development. The new network will connect local innovators across regions with policy and development experts and other stakeholders, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise on efforts that address development challenges using innovative solutions.

This joint UNDP-Motorola effort seeks to stimulate the large-scale adoption of mobile initiatives for sustainable human development, and to contribute to the dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda.

When: Wednesday 8 May 2013, from 8.30am (local time)

Where: Auditorium, Strathmore University, Nairobi

Note: Media representatives are welcome to attend all or part of the roundtable (from 8.00am to 5.00pm), but are requested to register via email with Ms. Emily Nyabika (enyabika@gmail.com). The opening statements will take place from 9:00-10:30am local time.

Source: APO

May 022013
 

NEW YORK, May 2, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Trust Fund for the Fight against Piracy today approved a package of projects in support of anti-piracy efforts in Somalia and other affected States in the region, including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Maldives and the Seychelles.

The announcement was made in New York by United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, who chaired the Board of the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

 

“The dramatic decline in pirate attacks is clear evidence of years of hard work by United Nations Member States, international and regional organizations, and actors in the shipping industry,” said Mr. Zerihoun.

 

But while acknowledging the gains, we should not be under any illusion that piracy has been conclusively brought under control, Mr. Zerihoun stressed. “The international community should continue to support the efforts of Somalia and States in the region to strengthen their maritime law enforcement capacities and their rule of law sector”. He added that “With the Trust Fund’s resources largely spent, now is the time to replenish the Fund to bridge critical gaps in counter-piracy efforts.”

 

The five projects approved today, worth $2 million, aim to ensure that the ongoing piracy trials are conducted in a fair and efficient manner and that the human rights, health and safety of individuals suspected of piracy are protected. The projects approved today will also facilitate the repatriation from the Maldives to Somalia of detainees suspected of piracy, as well as supporting Kenyan prisons in meeting minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners. The projects will equip detainees and youth at risk in Somalia with skills employable in gainful livelihoods, deterring their involvement in piracy and contributing to the economic development of their communities. These projects will provide biometrics-based fishermen database systems to support monitoring and surveillance of fisheries resources while providing important information to counter-piracy forces. Support will also be provided to law enforcement authorities and prosecutors in front-line States affected by piracy to investigate illicit financial flows from piracy.

 

The Board of the United Nations Trust Fund for the Fight against Piracy comprises 10 voting Member States – Germany, Italy, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Norway, Qatar, Seychelles, Somalia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom – and three non-voting entities, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS).

 

Since its establishment in January 2010, the Trust Fund has received some $17 million in contributions from Member States and the maritime industry. It approved funding for 31 projects, worth almost $16 million, as well as $700,000 to meet short-term needs related to unforeseen expenditures. The Fund aims to help defray the expenses associated with the prosecution of suspected pirates and other activities undertaken in the fight against piracy.

Source: APO

Apr 172013
 

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AfDB reinforces regional integration support with USD 232.5 million Tanzania-Kenya road financing

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Development Bank (http://www.afdb.org) has approved two loans totalling USD 232.5 million for the 157.5-kilometre road project from Arusha to Holili in Tanzania, and Taveta to Voi in Kenya, in an effort to reduce the cost of transport and enhance access to agricultural inputs, larger markets and social services within the East Africa Community.

 

Kenya will receive USD 113.12 million of the two loans approved by the AfDB Board, while Tanzania will be awarded USD 120 million. The Bank facility constitutes 89.1 per cent of the total project cost.

 

The project, which is expected to be completed by December 2018, is also jointly financed by the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania both contributing USD 15.6 million and USD 12.3 million, respectively. The Africa Trade Fund has extended a USD 0.74-million grant for a small component for trade facilitation at the Namanga border, bringing to USD 262.2 million the total cost of the project.

 

The Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi Road is a transport corridor of the East African Region that links the Northern Corridor at Voi to the Central Corridor across the common border at Holili/Taveta through Arusha, Babati to Dodoma and Singida. The project will comprise civil works for the construction of the Arusha Bypass (42.4 km) and dualling the Sakina-Tengeru section (14.1 km) as well as the construction of two roadside amenities at Tengeru, one on either side of the dual carriageway in Tanzania. It will also involve the upgrading of the Taveta-Mwatate portion (89 km) and construction of the Taveta Bypass (12 km) and two roadside amenities, one each at Bura and Maktau along the Mwatate-Taveta Road in Kenya.

 

AfDB’s Regional Director for the East Africa Resource Centre, Gabriel Negatu, confirmed the loan approval, explaining that the road had been identified in the East African Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP 2011-2015) and the East African Transport Strategy and Regional Road Sector Development Programme of November 2011 as a priority for intervention.

 

“The East African Community seeks to improve regional transport infrastructure to support economic and social development programs in the region, promote tourism and foster regional integration and at the same time reduce the cost of doing business by supporting cross-border and international trade,” Negatu said.

 

For Tanzania, the Second National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty or MKUKUTA II sets as a target raising the growth of the transport sector to 9.0 per cent by 2015. For Kenya, the upgrading of the Voi-Taveta Road falls within Pillar I of Vision 2030, the basis for socio-economic transformation

 

The Arusha-Holili/Taveta-Voi Road is one of the transport corridors of the EAC region meant to reduce the cost of doing business, increase competitiveness of the region on the global market and at the same time promote regional integration. The project road links the Northern Corridor to the Central Corridor across the common border of Tanzania and Kenya (Holili/Taveta) through Arusha, Minjingu and Babati to Singida and Dodoma. The corridor at completion will link the port of Mombasa to northern and northwestern Tanzania and the landlocked countries of Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Uganda, providing an alternative route to the sea.

 

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of the African Development Bank.

 

 

About the African Development Bank

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group (http://www.afdb.org) is a multi-lateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and the social progress of African countries. The Bank Group comprises three entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF).

As the premier development finance institution on the continent the AfDB’s primary objective is to assist African countries – individually and collectively in their efforts to achieve economic development and social progress. The Bank Group finances projects, programs and studies in multiple sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture, health, education, higher education and training, public utilities, environment, climate change, gender, telecommunications, industry and the private sector.

 

Media contact: Mercy Randa Tel: +254 735 229542 / m.randa@afdb.org

Source: APO

Apr 172013
 

IMF Executive Board Completes Fifth Review Under the ECF Arrangement for Kenya and Approves US$108.5 Million Disbursement

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the fifth review under a three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Kenya1. The completion of the review enables the disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 71.921 million (about US$108.5 million), which will bring total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 416.6 million (about US$628.2 million). The Executive Board’s decision was taken on a lapse of time basis2.In completing the review, the Executive Board also granted a waiver for the nonobservance of the continuous performance criterion on new central government and central government guaranteed external payment arrears.

Kenya has stayed the course in its economic reforms, with good results. Inflationary pressures have been tamed. Economic growth has kept a good pace despite the slowdown of exports to and tourism from Europe. International reserves are on the rise and the deficit of the external current account has shrunk significantly—excluding capital-goods imports that have surged because of oil exploration. The public debt-to-gross domestic product ratio has declined, despite the large budgetary costs of implementing the new constitution, preparing for the March elections, and the recent wage increases in the civil service.

Performance under Kenya’s economic program was favorable through end-December 2012. The fiscal outcome was in line with the program, international reserves exceeded the target, while monetary policy was eased appropriately. The authorities have also made good progress with their structural reform efforts in the areas of public financial management and tax reform. Financial sector reforms and the reform of the pay for civil servants have also recently advanced.

Stronger growth is expected in 2013 supported by good weather conditions. With firmer expectations of low inflation, there is scope for further monetary easing, although the Central Bank of Kenya will need to remain vigilant to the risks of possible adverse shocks or a reversal of capital flows. Fiscal consolidation should continue by lowering non-priority expenditures and boosting revenue mobilization through improvements in tax administration, the introduction of a new value-added tax law and a financial transaction tax. Financial soundness indicators have remained favorable. Nevertheless, policies should focus on closely monitoring the health of the banking system and adapting banking supervision to growing regionalization, while the government seeks to complete the demutualization of the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

Looking forward, the risks from global financial and economic conditions have lessened. In addition, the prospects for commercially-viable oil discoveries could further improve the medium- to long-term outlook, which will require policies to promote diversified and balanced growth to avoid excessive reliance on natural resources.

The three-year SDR 325.68 million (then about US$508.7 million) ECF arrangement with Kenya was approved by the IMF’s Executive Board on January 31, 2011 (see Press Release No. 11/21). The Executive Board subsequently approved augmentation of financing under the ECF arrangement to SDR 488.52 million (then about US$760.6 million) on December 9, 2011 (see Press Release No. 11/457).

1 The IMF’s framework for ECF is designed for low-income countries that need IMF financial assistance.

2 The Executive Board takes decisions under its lapse of time procedures when it is agreed by the Board that a proposal can be considered without convening formal discussions.

Source: APO

Apr 062013
 

TOKYO, Japan, April 4, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Japan congratulates the Republic of Kenya and its people on the peaceful conduct of the first election held under the new constitution.

Japan highly commends the largely peaceful conduct of the voting and counting process as well as the finalization of the results through a legal process under the constitution. Japan congratulates President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and all those elected to office and commends Raila Odinga for accepting the Supreme Court’s decision.

Japan expects that, under the new President, the Government of Kenya will further enhance its political, economic and social developments by implementing various reforms such as decentralization and strengthening of the legislative and judiciary body as stipulated under the new constitution. Japan also expects Kenya to enhance national reconciliation and abide by various international obligations as expressed by President-elect himself and continue to contribute to the stability of the region.

Japan will continue to support these efforts taken by Kenya and will work to further develop our traditionally friendly and cooperative relationship.

Source: APO

Apr 012013
 

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On behalf of the President and the people of the United States, we congratulate Uhuru Kenyatta on his election as president of Kenya. We also congratulate the people of Kenya on the peaceful conduct of the election and commend Raila Odinga for accepting the Supreme Court’s decision. We urge all Kenyans to peacefully accept the results of the election. The electoral process and the peaceful adjudication of disputes in the Kenyan legal system are testaments to the progress Kenya has made in strengthening its democratic institutions, and the desire of the Kenyan people to move their country forward.

 

Now is the time for Kenyans to come together to fully implement the political, institutional, and accountability reforms envisioned in the Kenyan constitution. Kenya is an important member of the international community. We welcome and wish to underscore the importance of Kenya’s commitment to uphold its international obligations, including those with respect to international justice.

 

For 50 years, the United States and Kenya have been strong partners. Our relationship is based on a shared commitment to democracy, security, and opportunity. The United States remains committed to our long-standing partnership with the Kenyan people.

 

Source: APO

Apr 012013
 

Readout of the Secretary-General’s phone conversations with President-Elect Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya

NEW YORK, April 1, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General spoke by phone with Uhuru Kenyatta to express congratulations on his election as President of Kenya.

 

The Secretary-General also spoke to Prime Minister Raila Odinga. He commends the Prime Minister’s participation in the process and his acceptance of the outcome following the decision of the Supreme court.

 

The Secretary-General reiterates his congratulations to the people of Kenya on the holding of peaceful, credible elections that should strengthen Kenya’s democracy and its unity. He urges that continued calm and a peaceful atmosphere prevail.

 

The Secretary-General wishes the newly-elected government and people of Kenya every success in meeting the many challenges and opportunities facing Kenya. The United Nations pledges its strong support.

 

 

Source: APO

Mar 272013
 

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JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, March 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) (http://www.gemalto.com), the world leader in digital security, has announced that Safaricom, a leading mobile operator in Africa, with over 18 million customers, is using its LinqUs Cloud Backup solution to offer mobile subscribers in Kenya a comprehensive back-up service for phonebook contacts. Compatible most of the handset models, the solution ensures that Safaricom customers can easily protect themselves against the disruption caused by phone theft, loss, damage or replacement, through saving all their contacts automatically in the mobile operator’s cloud-based storage service.

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Gemalto’s LinqUs Cloud Backup is already used by more than 140 million subscribers across the world and is particularly relevant in emerging markets such as those in Africa, where the mobile phone is fast becoming the most widespread computing device, and where the many small businesses rely on the integrity of their mobile phonebook contacts to operate. LinqUs Cloud Backup combines both SIM and handset phonebook backup systems and this feature is unique to the Gemalto solution. It is simple to use as protection of the entire phonebook is just a single click process and restoration of contacts is equally straightforward.

 

For Safaricom, the contacts back-up service represents both an important differentiator and a new income stream within the highly competitive mobile communications market. Furthermore, customer loyalty is significantly enhanced with churn rate dropping* as the mobile operator is recognized and trusted as the guardian of the subscriber’s valued contacts information.

 

“The mobile phone is a technology that forges strong emotional bonds with the user, and we fully understand how important contacts data is to our subscribers. That’s why we are putting secure and convenient cloud-based back up services within easy reach, enabling them to safeguard and retrieve contacts at any time and from anywhere, no matter which type of phone they use. This mass market service fits perfectly with our strategy to offer complete peace of mind to all of our customers’ needs,” commented Thibaud Rerolle, Technical Director at Safaricom.

 

“With the help of LinqUs Cloud Backup, Safaricom offers customers the opportunity to protect themselves against the consequences of losing a wealth of personal- and business-critical data, simply because a handset goes missing. It will give the operator a solid and secure platform on which to build premium subscriber services,” said Eric Claudel, Senior Vice President for Telecommunications at Gemalto Middle East & Africa.

 

*2012 Gemalto’s studies show that subscribers using the service are staying on average an extra 9 months with the same operator.

 

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Gemalto.

 

 

About Gemalto

 

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) (http://www.gemalto.com) is the world leader in digital security with 2012 annual revenues of €2.2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 83 offices and 13 Research & Development centers, located in 43 countries.

 

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

 

Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services they enable. Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals.

Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

 

For more information visit http://www.gemalto.com, http://www.justaskgemalto.com, http://blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto (http://twitter.com/gemalto) on Twitter.

 

Gemalto Media Contacts:

 

Peggy Edoire

Europe, Middle East & Africa

+33 4 42 36 45 40

peggy.edoire@gemalto.com

 

Nicole Smith

North America

+1 512 758 8921

nicole.smith@gemalto.com

 

Yvonne Lim

Asia Pacific

+65 6317 3730

yvonne.lim@gemalto.com

 

Ernesto Haikewitsch

Latin America

+55 11 51 05 92 20

ernesto.haikewitsch@gemalto.com

 

 

Source: APO

Mar 252013
 

ROME, Italy, March 25, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The University of Kenya in Nairobi joins the Italian Cooperation, the Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) the UN Development Program (UNDP), Tangaza University College, NGOs CISP, COOPI and VIS and the Collegio Santa Caterina da Siena in offering the new Masters in Economics (Cooperation and Human Development)-MECOHD Programme at the Faculty of Economics of the Department of Applied Economics of that African University. CISP (International Committee for the Development of People) is coordinating the project.

The 18-month Masters programme, with places for 35 students, begins on 20 May 2013, and its courses will be held evenings and weekends. Enrolment requirements include an undergraduate degree in Economics, Economics and Finance, Economics and Statistics or Social Sciences from an accredited university. For those with degrees in other disciplines, proven work experience and no background in economics, a 5-week Bridging Course will begin on 8 April.

Enrolment by 5 April

Enrolments are open through 5 April. Preference will be given to experience in the sector and with community based organisations (CBO). The over 400 lessons on Economics, Human Development and Project Management will be given in English and include seminars and tutorials at the Kenyan University City Centre Campus. Students will sit examinations at the end of each semester.

The Nairobi Masters twins up with other masters programmes in Cooperation and Development launched in Pavia, Bethlehem, Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) and Kathmandu (Nepal) by the University of Pavia, IUSS of Pavia, CISP, COOPI and VIS.

 

Source: APO

Mar 202013
 

DOCUSOUND 

INCLUSION, OPEN ACCESS AND KNOW-HOW SHARING = EMPOWERED AND AWARE COMMUNITIES

FOR A MORE JUST WORLD

 

Program implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and funded by the European Union

 

Professional training program for operators of radio and new media in Kenya and Senegal; the program is open to members of marginalized categories such as the blind, the disabled, albinos…DOCUSOUND is an inclusive training course with a long-term impact of increasing the access to Information and Communication Technologies for minorities.

Professional training program for operators of radio and new media to strengthen democracy and include minorities and underserved groups in the public debate through open access to media and information production/distribution.

DOCUSOUND is a free program for 15 trainees, 9 months of hands-on work, 3 5-day workshops, 15 radio documentaries being produced and distributed and just as many communities being empowered.

 

If minorities of all kinds are proactively involved in social dynamics, the barriers that traditionally prevent their advancement can be overcome once and for all, as society begins to consider them not as burdens but as resources. DOCUSOUND  is intended not only for minorities, rather it is an inclusive long-term project that includes both minorities and the larger populations to work together in building a network of factual-content/documentary professionals, whose work aims to raise awareness on various topics with the ultimate goal of gaining social change.

50% of the available spots will be reserved for members of marginalized categories; women will also have priority in the selection process.

 

Application process opens March 19th and ends April 19th;  5-day workshops will be held in May and October 2013 and January 2014.

 

For inquiries prospective applicants can email  <admin@kub.or.ke>

 

DOCUSOUND is a project of the Italian NGO COL’OR (www.colorngo.org) – Kenya partner: Kenya Union of the Blind; Senegal partner: Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

 

ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors

Programme implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and funded by the European Union (Grant received € 379,373 – KES 43,085,910.70)

 

For more info:

docusound@colorngo.org

http://docusound.org/media-literacy-program/

 

Contact Person: Jackson Agufana <info@kub.or.ke> mobile phone # +254 724 621 814

 

Mar 202013
 

MEDIA LITERACY PROGRAM KENYA: CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS OPEN! 

Guidelines and Application Form

INCLUSION, OPEN ACCESS AND KNOW-HOW SHARING = EMPOWERED AND AWARE COMMUNITIES FOR A MORE JUST WORLD

Our goal is to strengthen democracy and include minorities and underserved groups in the public debate through open access to media and information production/distribution.

DOCUSOUND is also a media literacy program that provides access to information and communication technology (ICT) and media content production —in order to strengthen democracy and expand social participation for minorities and other marginalized members of society in Africa and developing countries worldwide. Once a community’s basic needs (food, shelter, health care and basic education) have been met, it is vital that all members then have equal access to information production and consumption toward improving economic and social opportunities. This enables members to help themselves out of marginalization while empowering civil society as a whole.

As social networks continue to develop, expand and grow more complex, their influence on social change (whether directly or indirectly) also continues to evolve. For this reason, providing all social actors (including minorities) with open access to social networks—and the tools they need to use them efficiently—is of utmost importance. While the information gatekeepers may have largely fallen apart, giving audiences open access to consumption and production of information tends to diffuse the potential for self-empowerment. We believe that training of and collaboration between social actors is the best way to foster sustainability in the long run.

If minorities of all kinds (based on gender, race, physical/mental abilities, economic resources, etc.) are proactively involved in social dynamics, the barriers that traditionally prevent their advancement can be overcome once and for all, as society begins to consider them not as burdens but as resources. DOCUSOUND is intended not only for minorities, however; rather, it is an inclusive long-term project that would include both minorities and the larger populations to work together in building a network of factual-content/documentary professionals, whose work aims to raise awareness on various topics with the ultimate goal of gaining social change.

DOCUSOUND is a three-tier project:

1.     Professional training program for the production and distribution of factual/reality-based media and audio/radio content. As the new media are a fast-growing field of work, the DOCUSOUND training program will focus on both production and financing/fundraising subjects, in order to ensure the participants learn how to sustain themselves professionally.

2.     Distribution platform of factual/reality-based content, available for a fee online and via traditional media.

3.     Network of skilled media professionals in the national and international markets, working to exchange good practices, policies and methodologies. The network is virtually open to participants worldwide.

 

WHY AUDIO

Audio (radio) is easy to handle, inexpensive and lightweight—and thus easily stored and distributed and it is the best way to reach our target audiences in Africa and developing countries worldwide:

-Currently, audio is the most prolific medium. In addition, a portable aural medium is uniquely suited to Africa, where nonliteracy as well as communal living patterns tend to predominate.

-Audio (versus video) is considerably easier to handle technically, with fewer variables to be considered.

-Given that working in audio is highly practical and intuitive, a shorter training period is required for a good-quality product to come to fruition.

-Audio is cheaper in terms of technology, training, production and postproduction (free open-source editing software is largely available).

-A recorder is less invasive then a camera. That means a director can tackle difficult topics more readily, while people are more likely to speak out when they’re being recorded rather than filmed.

-Audio is more easily stored and exchanged, as MP3 files are light and require less space than video. Audio is therefore also more suitable for slower Internet connections.

-Last but not least, there are 285 million people in the world who have some degree of visual impairment, due to age or disease— “talking to them” as opposed to “showing them” is key to getting them involved in ongoing social changes of which they are, or could be, a part.

 

DOCUSOUND KENYA and DOCUSOUND SENEGAL are the first African chapters that will be set up in 2013. This program has received major funding from the European Union – the ACP Culture+ of the ACP Sector. If you want to know more about funding/investing in DOCUSOUND or bringing DOCUSOUND in your country, feel free to email us docusound@colorngo.org.

DOCUSOUND in Senegal is developed in collaboration with SADPD, Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities; DOCUSOUND in Kenya is developed in collaboration with KUB, Kenya Union of the Blind.

 

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