2.4.1 Use mobile technology to fill Internet connectivity gaps for YEO service delivery

For years, many in the field conflated technology use with the Internet, believing that web access was critical for technology to work in YEO programs. This created significant challenges in regions without Internet access, expensive connections, or intermittent power. At the 2012 GYEOC, many organizations presented field-tested approaches using mobile technology to fill YEO service-delivery gaps.

Two such examples were developed in Kenya, a country where reasonable telecommunications costs and mobile proliferation make mobile the perfect platform for reaching young people throughout the country.

Bright Ideas: Innovation for Africa on Mobile Technology

Innovation for Africa (i.4.A.) is a Kenya-based investment company focused on identifying strategic market opportunities in technology. Two approaches they funded use mobile technology to meet basic needs. Despite the fact that large companies are moving their Africa headquarters to Kenya, there is still 40 percent unemployment and 75 percent unemployment for young people under the age of 25. Many people, especially those among the eight million unemployed without reliable Internet access, do not have effective options for finding a job. A mobile tool called M-Kazi (M-mobile Kazi-work) can register their skills, receive job alerts, and facilitate applying for a job from basic mobile phones. Companies can search for workers based on their skill sets. Small business owners benefit because it links them to qualified staff.  For more information, see: staff. mkazi.co.ke

Innovation for Africa also engages in Changa. Changa refers to fundraising drives that Kenyan individuals, families, and communities engage in to raise funds for school fees, weddings, medical emergencies, disasters, or community rehabilitation. For more information, see http://www.changa.co.ke/