Pastoralist’s digital network wins global learning award
The East African, 20 August 2011

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), winner of the Gates Foundation’s 2011 Access to Learning Award, is working to connect people living in remote and arid regions of East Africa and promote information exchange – in particular, traditional knowledge that otherwise goes unrecorded, such as how to collect rainwater into earth dams for irrigation, how deep the dam should be, and how to channel water into the dam by digging furrows. “Our core business is to promote the sharing of information,” says ALIN regional director James Nguo. “We create a platform where people in Marsabit, Kenya, can communicate with those in Karamoja, Uganda and, for example, share ideas like how to make salt lick for your animals from your own ingredients if you find the salt lick in the shops is too expensive.” ALIN has set up 14 Maarifa Centres – community Internet access points and digital libraries that use solar panels to generate electricity and a satellite dish to connect to the Internet – across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Read the article … Read the ALIN release on the award … Read the Gates Foundation release …

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