[kictanet] Universal Access in Kenya (Is it really working?)

John Kieti jkieti at gmail.com
Fri Dec 3 14:34:08 EAT 2010

Thanks Dr. Ndemo for the very able response.

We need more technocrats like you  able to articulate the real challenges on
the ground and to correct unfavurable/unfair perceptions among Kenyans. I
apologies for causing undue agitation in previous mail.

Best regards

On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM, <bitange at jambo.co.ke> wrote:

> Listers,
> I am on record several times complaining the slow pace by the World Bank to
> release the funds for the Pasha project.  I am told that this will happen in
> January even though their pilot projects are operational.
> This did not stop us from advancing the digital village concept.  We
> invited the operators to roll them out in return for not paying the first
> year USF.  One operator has already rolled out 500 of these DVs.  There is a
> committee in place to help the rest of the operators roll out.
> IBM conducted a study on DVs to help further develop the value proposition.
>  As a result we have key corporations willing to participate.  For example
> CFC Stanbic want their online share trade to be on DVs.
> The challenge we have is getting entrepreneurs from every constituency.
>  Most regions folks expect grants.  The resources available are for
> revolving funds.  In other words loans to set up the enterprise.  There is
> plenty of loanable resources from Youth and Women Enterprise to the world
> bank.  Our people must get to understand risk and enterprise.  Individually
> we must spend all our energies to educate our people.
> I must state here that the last time we advertised, 95 percent of the 2000
> applications came from one ethnic group.  We could not move for obvious
> reasons.  I would hope in future listers seek to understand the problem
> before rushing to making conclusions.  At this time of our development we
> must emphasize evidence based decisions.
> We are talking to MPs to assist disseminate some of these information.  Our
> Parliamentary Chairman Hon. Eng. Spends most of the time explaining and
> encouraging MPs to sensatize their own people.  We cannot for for example to
> North Hor and put up a DV without willing people to run it.
> On NOFBI I do not know what you are talking about because I know some
> operators are using the network and it is managed by TKL.
> Ndemo.
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