Cost of ICTs for Kenyan NGOs to be reduced

SANGONeT, together with the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) in Kenya, has launched TechSoup Kenya, an online technology donation portal aimed at the Kenya NGO sector, on 17 June 2009 during a function in Nairobi, Kenya.

There are approximately 4 000 non-profit organisations operating in Kenya today. These organisations make a significant contribution in response to the development and service delivery challenges facing the country.

The strengthening of NGOs’ capacity for service delivery increasingly requires that attention be given to their ability to manage, implement and integrate information communication technologies (ICTs) into their work. However, the issue of affordability remains one of the biggest barriers to increased investment by NGOs in their technology infrastructure and capacity.

In response to this situation, the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), in conjunction with the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) in Kenya, has launched TechSoup Kenya, an online technology donation portal aimed at the Kenya NGO sector.

TechSoup Kenya aims to assist NGOs by providing software and hardware for very low or discounted fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners, as well as by supporting NGOs to maximise their ICT purchases and infrastructure. It will present Kenya NGOs with an opportunity to access software and other ICT solutions at discounts of up to 95% of the retail value.

David Barnard, SANGONeT’s Executive Director says, “The introduction of this programme in South Africa and Botswana has already made an important contribution to the local NGO sector, and we are very excited about its potential impact in Kenya.”

To read the full press release entitled "Reducing the Cost of ICTs for Kenyan NGOs", click here.

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<br /> NGO Pulse
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