Projects


AFCHIX WomenConnect Project: “Gender-sensitive approach to connect the unconnected using Community Network Models”

Our proposed solution entails working with unconnected communities to build their capacities to establish and maintain community-based and owned telecommunications infrastructure.

The project is about the human capacity building related to women and Community Networks. The solution will use gender sensitive approaches and deliberately involve women as leaders and focal persons in the design, installation and maintenance of Community Networks. We will build the technical, policy, and leadership capacities of women in establishing and managing these Community Networks in selected African countries.

The proposed solution will impact underserved communities in 4 African countries – Senegal, Kenya, Morocco, and Namibia.

  • In Senegal we will work in Cambérène with a population of 50,000 composed of mostly women. A women’s association has been identified and the women engage in gardening, dairy processing and fish products. The proposed community network will link these women and help to market their businesses.
  • In Morocco we will work with a community in Ait Izdeg, Midelt Province, to establish a Community Network to facilitate communication between women workers and farmers. Ait Izdeg is recognized as the poorest region in Morocco. It has a population of more than 8431 people living in more than 1503 households. The community engages in growing apples, walnuts, apricots, plums, pomegranates, wheat, corn, and a wide variety of garden vegetables.
  • In Kenya we will collaborate with Chief Francis Kariuki of Lanet Umoja Community in Nakuru North District. The goal is to mobilize local women community leaders in Lanet Umoja to implement a local wireless community network for public utility. Chief Francis Kariuki is successfully using social media to mobilize over 400 women community leaders. Lanet Umoja has 30,000 people living in about 7,500 households.
  • In Namibia we will work to scale up a very small Community Network in the rural village of Groot-Aub, in collaboration with the Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter Namibia. This focuses on very low-cost communication within Groot Aub, special support for women to visibly contribute to community-based ICT initiatives and technology teaching. We are motivated, mutually, by the spirit of the village’s small maker-space for innovation and the proven capability of Namibia’s women technologists, connected to ISOC-Namibia, to increase women’s inclusion in ICT.

PROFILES FOR THE PROJECT TEAM

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Country : Kenya

Position : Finance Manager


Caroline Chepkwony has over 16 years in financial and accounting field. Her experience in finance and accounting spans across fund management and operations, Private Equity/Venture Capital, Audit services and Business industries. She has been working as a consultant helping entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses and advising international investors looking to invest in East African […]

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Country : Ugandan

Position : Projects Manager


She has implemented several successful AFCHIX Projects including: ISOC funded School of the Deaf Project, AFRINIC Grant to AFCHIX for identifying and documenting women in technology role models. She has led the AfChix Uganda Chapter activities since 2006. In 2014, Ms. Lillian served as the Projects Manager of Computers for Schools Kenya, Nairoibi, Kenya.


PROJECT COORDINATORS

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Nationality : Senegalese

Position : Project Coordinator

Community : Camberene Community

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Nationality : Morocco

Position : Project Coordinator

Community : Ait Izdeg, Midelt Province

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Nationality : Kenyan

Position : Project Coordinator

Community : Lanet Umoja Community, Nakuru

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Nationality : Namibian

Position : Project Coordinator

Community : Unknown Community


STEERING COMMITTEE

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Title : Chairperson of the Steering Committee

Nationality : Ghana


Nodumo is a Zimbabwean national who lives and works in Ghana. She is employed as the Director of ICT Services and Knowledge Management at the Association of African Universities Secretariat. Nodumo holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Computer Science) and a Master of Business Administration. She is passionate about mentorship, coaching and aligning technology […]

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Title : Co-Chair of the Project Steering Committee

Nationality : Kenyan


Dorcas Muthoni, an entrepreneur and computer scientist, is the CEO and founder of OPENWORLD LTD (www.openworld.co.ke). OPENWORLD is now a leading e-Government and Business Software Services firm in the Eastern Africa region. Dorcas also founded AfChix

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Title : Steering Committee Member

Nationality : Moroccan


Mrs Houda Chakiri is CEO and founder of Enhanced Technologies, a Moroccan IT company specializing in developing e-Government solutions. Selected among top ten finalists of Sawaed contest, named among 100 best social entrepreneurs in GK3, Malaysia 2007, selected in Tech women program 2012 funded by the US department of State and in IEEE CIST 2014 […]

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Title : Steering Committee Member

Nationality : Senegalese


Khoudia GUEYE is a Senegalese national. Currently she is employed as the Director of Infrastructures and Information Systems at the Senegalese Virtual University. Khoudia holds a Master degree in Mathematics and a Master degree in Computer Science & Telecommunications and more than 15 years of experience as a network engineer. She is passionate about social […]


PROJECT ADVISORY BOARD

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Role : Chairman of the Advisory Board

Nationality : Kenyan


Mr. Michuki is the Regional Development Manager for Internet Society (ISOC) in Africa and CTO at Kenya Internet Exchange Point

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Role : Co-Chair of the Advisory Board

Nationality : Ugandan


Sarah Kiden is the ICAAN Regional Leader and a Recent Ford-Zilla Fellow

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Role : Technical Advisory Board Member

Nationality : Kenyan


A Network Engineer and Program Manager at Tunapanda Net –an existing Community Network in Kenya

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Role : Technical Advisory Board Member

Nationality : USA


Director for the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) and a Research Associate at the University of Oregon. Steve has worked with thousands of network engineers, scientists, and Internet technology developers in more than one hundred countries around the world to help build Internet infrastructure and establish international partnerships in support of research and education.

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Role : Technical Advisory Board Member

Nationality : USA


Steve Song is a researcher, entrepreneur, and advocate for cheaper, more pervasive access to communication infrastructure in Africa. He is a 2018 Fellow for Digital Inclusion at the Mozilla Foundation. He is also a research associate with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) where he works to expand the use of wireless technologies through shared […]

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Role : Technical Advisory Board Member

Nationality : N/A


Dr. Carlos Rey-Moreno is a telecommunications engineer with a background on development studies. Carlos has been involved in rural connectivity projects in underserved areas for more than ten years. He is the co-founder of Zenzeleni Networks, a community-owned ISP providing affordable communications in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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