I’ve spent the past week at the iLab in Liberia and got what I came for: an updated reality check on the limitations of technology adoption in developing countries. Below are some of the assumptions that I took for granted. They’re perfectly obvious in hindsight and I’m annoyed at myself for not having realized their obviousness sooner. I’d be very interested in hearing from others about these and reading their lists. This need not be limited to one particular sector like ICT for Development (ICT4D) or Mobile Health (mHealth). Many of these assumptions have repercussions across multiple disciplines.

The following examples come from conversations with my colleague Kate Cummings who directs Ushahidi Liberia and the iLab here in Monrovia. She and her truly outstanding team—Kpetermeni Siakor, Carter Draper, Luther Jeke and Anthony Kamah—spearheaded a number of excellent training workshops over the past few days. At one point we began…

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  unites-logoUNITeS CISCO Networking Academy an Information and Communication Technology Company, has created a CSR platform that exposes Nigerian students to abundant opportunities in ICT.

This was demonstrated by UNITeS CISCO Networking Academy in partnership with CISCO when it set up a UNITeS CISCO Networking Academy for Girls in Queen’s College Lagos Nigeria to encourage more women and girls to take careers in ICT.

With a focus on equipping female students with Information, ICT skills, UNITeS CISCO is imparting vocational training to prepare them to become members of the global 21st century workforce.

Over Seventy female students from Queen’s College Lagos, graduated from the Academy having completed the CISCO IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software.

The certificate of completion which is a globally recognized certificate would further create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in ICT.

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Since its inception, UNITeS Networking Academy has been bringing ICT education closer to the less privileged. Recently, Team UNITeS was at Federal Science and Technical College, Ilesha, Osun State, Nigeria to set up a world class ICT centre for the students of the institution. The ICT centre will support the running of the Cisco networking Academy program in the School.

About Ilesha, Osun State where the School is located:

Ilesha is a town in Osun state located in the South West of Nigeria. It lies in the Yoruba Hills and at the intersection of roads from Ile-Ife, Oshogbo, and Akure. The town is one of the oldest settlements in Yoruba land.

A view of Ilesha town


About Federal Science and Technical College, Ilesha:

Federal Science and Technical College, Ilesha is a School established…

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The Federal Science and Technical College Ikare Akoko, Ondo State on the 13th of July, 2013 held its annual Speech & Prize Giving Day and Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2013.

The school also used the graduation ceremony to launch its inaugural magazine tagged “ THE SUNSHINE MAGAZINE”. Other activities on the day included cultural and choreographic display from the students. Gifts were presented to students who had excelled in the last academic year.

UNITeS Cisco Networking Academy was equally on ground to present certificates to students who had successfully completed the IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software course as part of the Cisco Networking Academy Program.

Excerpts from the events

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