With over 80% of Africans having access to radio and a little over 50% having access to television, these technologies have been in the spotlight for use in the developing world. Although these may be considered “old” technologies, using radio and television as a means for ICT4D does not mean not to bring “newer” technologies into developing countries like Africa, but more stresses that ICT initiatives should not overlook radio and television. I read an interesting initiative taking place in Kenya called KenTel that offers a low-cost solution to enhance community radios and/or community telecentres that lack broadband internet connectivity. These programs utilizes a service offered by Twitter for those in rural areas with limited connectivity and/or runs on simple feature phones that allows them to receive tweets as short text messages (SMS). “Each country has a special short code which they can use to configure any phone to receive tweet on feature phones.” The program involves compiling a list of listeners from the community, who then are instructed over radio how to subscribe to this Twitter feature. Using this Twitter channel, the community radio can remind listeners of upcoming broadcasts/programs, provide a feedback mechanism, and conduct surveys among other small services. This channel mobilizes the listeners ultimately enhancing the capabilities of the local radio to reach its listeners and achieve greater and more efficient means of communication and media. I thought this was an especially neat program in the large difference it makes utilizing ICTs at an extremely low cost with only each tweet costing $o.o125 USD.
15 March 2013
Low-Cost and Practical Solutions for Enhancing Rural Community Radio in Kenya
This entry was posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 3:49 pm and tagged with ICTs, information technology, KenTel, Kenya, low cost, Radio, technology and posted in IDEV & ICT Resources, Rural Development, Social Media, Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
One response to “Low-Cost and Practical Solutions for Enhancing Rural Community Radio in Kenya”
- RT @gentile_orjulia: “@gatesfoundation: Why banks can, and should, take on the "unbanked": Video interview with @BillGates: http://t.co/6mu… 3 years ago
- Good intentions alone can mean a faulty foundation for #development. Check out our classmate's perspective: tulaneict4d.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/les… #ICT4D 3 years ago
- @AgroamCommunity how interesting! Is equity #access available to most agricultural partners in your communities? #ICT4D 3 years ago
- @wayan_vota Wow! Know of any similar projects or plans to continue/extend this trial? #ICT4D #SMS #literacy 3 years ago
- @melindagates What programs/organizations are combating deadly #mosquitoes? Which are most successful and what are the benefits? #IDEV 3 years ago
- #Internet Africa agriculture Arab Spring bangladesh brazil China Communication computers corruption crowdsourcing Cyber Security Cybersecurity development digital divide disaster relief disaster response disasters e-government e-learning education Facebook failure Failures in ICT4D gender ghana GIS google government Haiti Health healthcare ICT ICT4D ICT4D Professional ICT policy ICTs India infrastructure internet ITU Kenya kony 2012 mapping MDGs mHealth mobile Mobile Phones mobiles mobile technology Nigeria OLPC One Laptop Per Child Peru Poverty Radio Richard Heeks rural development Rwanda SMS Social Media South Africa sustainability Tanzania technology Telecommunications telemedicine Twitter Uganda UN United States Ushahidi women World Bank YouTube
- 91,845 hits