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Fund for Internet Research and Education (FIRE) & AFRINIC Grantees 2013

 

The Fund for Internet Research and Education (FIRE) and AFRINIC is pleased to announce the 2013 Grantees.

These 11 projects have been selected and will receive a financial support of USD 10,000 as a reward for their contribution and promotion of Innovation on Access Provision, E-Developemnt and Freedom of Expression.

 

Category Project Title Scope Details
Access Development of a proof of concept (POC) for an affordable method of monitoring ground level of Water resources in remote areas in Africa To develop a low cost and rugged data collection system that will automate the process of data collection, transmission analysis and distribution of ground level data to staff
  • Project Manager:
    Dr Viv PADAYATCHY
  • Organisation:
    Cybernaptics Ltd
  • Country Implemented:
    Mauritius
Acces / Devt Uplifting the Community throughtechnologyy To empower communities through the provision of low cost broadband Internet services in the Mitchell's Plain via a Mesh Network and telephony services
  • Project Manager:
    Jayson JOHANNES
  • Organisation:
    CommuniNet Ltd
  • Country Implemented:
    South Africa
Devt Shona, Early Learner Reader Android Application Design an Android e-learner Application (Text to Speech-TTS) on a low cost Android tablet to allow rural children to early learn to read using a local language.
  • Project Manager:
    Dr Gary BROOKING & Ian
  • Organisation:
    University of Zimbabwe
  • Country Implemented:
    Zimbabwe
Innov Promoting and Monitorig Internet Freedoms in Africa through the provison of a repository for information
  • Provision of a one-stop platform for researchers and practitioners to access reports and news on Internet rights violation.
  • sending of aggregated reports to Internet rights stakeholders across Africa (regulators, media, academia, ISPs, human rights activists)
  • setting up of social media and group/mailing list to complement the on-line platform
  • Project Manager:
    Lillian NALWOGA
  • Organisation:
    Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)
  • Country Implemented:
    Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
Devt Enabling acces to basic Education through Technology

Enable access to quality education to children from poor and marginalized communities via:

  • setting up of video conferencing and a web-based E-learning Basic Education Platform
  • Development of e-learning Content for Secondary Education through adaptation of Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Content and other Open Education Resource (OER)
  • Project Manager:
    Jane Ngima MURIUKI
  • Organisation:
    Network of Non Formal Education Institutions (N-NFEI)
  • Country Implemented:
    Kenya
Devt The availability and effectiveness of ICT in resolving environmental and social-economic challenges in Tanzania: a case of Arusha & Manyara regions
  • To identify the development, deployment and enhancement of network infrastructure, devices and contents to support information dissemination;
  • To understand the applications used and solutions taken towards supporting information dissemination
  • Carrying out field-based activities that will provide information about the availability and effectiveness of ICT in resolving environmental and social-economic challenges in Tanzania. The fieldwork includes: In-depth Interviews (IDIs), participatory focus ggroup dicusisons (PFGs) and Community Walk Through (CWT) in Arusha and Manyara
  • Analysis and creation of the study findings to be shared and discussed with several stakeholders (Local authorities, Government, International Organisations, etc.)
  • Project Manager:
    Rustus ASSEY & Peter KAAYA
  • Organisation:
    Arusha Technical College
  • Country Implemented:
    Tanzania
Access/Devt/Innov Enhancing Access to Kenya's Agricultural Sciences and Technology (AS&T) Information in Institutional and KAINet e-Repositories
  • Enhance access to an electronic platform allowing archiving, dissemination and sharing of agricultural content (Agricultural Sciences and Technology) between researchers and other stakeholders (public policy official, lecturers, students, members of the public)
  • Promotion of a common and freely accessible information system (Kenya Agricultural Information Network-KAINet)
  • Building capacity to manage, disseminate and exchange agricultural information
  • Making available full text content, promote use of standards and web-based tools/applications and methodologies for management of content."
  • Project Manager:
    Richard MUGATA
  • Organisation:
    Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)
  • Country Implemented:
    Burundi, Erithrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
Access / Devt Wireless Mesh Networkf for Campus Radio, e-learning & Communication among Staff and the likes
  • Setting up of a broadband wireless mesh network of mesh potatoes to be deployed across Kwara Sate Polytechnic for campus communication
  • to deploy and install 15 nodes, resulting to local and cheaper means of communication
  • Project Manager:
    Nasir FARUK
  • Organisation:
    - University of Ilorin - Kwara State Polytechnic
    - Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Country Implemented:
    Burundi, Erithrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
Devt An electronic platform for East African Universities to enhance training and research in maternal health and gender To foster and enhance electronic information gathering and sharing platform for training and research in maternal health and gender in East African universities
  • Project Manager:
    Dr Jean CHAMBERLAIN
    Mary SSONKO
  • Organisation:
    Uganda Christian University
  • Country Implemented:
    Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
Devt Capacity Building in Information Security: Training the end-user
  • provision of training to end-users in secure practice for their day interaction with computers, technology and Internet: acquiring fundamental understanding of computer and network security threats such as identity theft, credita card fraud, on-line banking phishing scams, virus, etc
  • provision to end-users of the necessary knowledge and skills to protect their information assets and mitigate their security exposure
  • Project Manager:
    Jean-Robert HOUNTOMEY
  • Organisation:
    ISERVICES SARL
  • Country Implemented:
    Togo
Devt Integrated Management System for Continuous Medical Education
  • Enhance access and delivery of Continuous Medical Education material to doctors by developing e-learning (via the Internet/web based) and m-learning (mobile phone) Platform
  • Enhance the monitoring and reporting of Continuous Medical Education/Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities by the Kenya Medical and Dentist Board
  • Establishment of a digitized system of management in order to enable initial online registration of doctors, annual license renewal, store qualification certification, training certificates, make on-line payment"
  • Project Manager:
    Dr Julius OKELL
  • Organisation:
    SYNERGY INFORMATICS
  • Country Implemented:
    Kenya

 

We congratulate the winners and hope that the grants will spur innovations that will provide solutions to ICT challenges in Africa, benefit the community and contribute to development.