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Ushahidi Wins V2030 award for Social Equity and Poverty reduction

By Jessica Colaço
iHub
  Published 21 Apr 2011
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Ushahidi Wins V2030 award for Social Equity and Poverty reduction

Driven by the need to see Kenya emerge from an economic decline and to move beyond Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS) to Sustained Social & Economic Development among other factors the Kenyan government, through its National Economic and Social Council (NESC) unveiled a grand national vision strategy for Kenya; the Vision 2030.

The Vision 2030 is meant to sustain the growth momentum achieved since 2003 where the GDP rose from 0.6% in 2002 to 6.1% in 2006, and also to achieve the targeted 10% annual growth rate. Such growth is expected to catapult the country to a middle income status by the year 2030. It is anchored on three key pillars; Economic, Social and Political pillars.

Economic Pillar The goal for this pillar is to maintain a sustained economic growth of 10% p.a. over the next 25 years. A robust and collaborative approach was followed to identify those sectors with the greatest potential to drive growth in the Kenyan economy:

  1. Tourism
  2. Agriculture
  3. Wholesale and retail trade
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
  6. Financial Services
Social Pillar The Social Pillar aspires to build a just and cohesive society that enjoys equitable social development in a clean and secure environment:
  1. Education & Training
  2. Health Sector
  3. Water and Sanitation
  4. Environment
  5. Housing and Urbanisation
  6. Gender, Vulnerable groups & Youth
  7. Social Equity and Poverty Reduction
Political Pillar The Vision proposes reform of the governance system through a range of constitutional, legal and administrative reforms to create issue-based, people centred, result-oriented and accountable democratic political system.

According to the Kenya ICT Board, of the companies that participated in the applications process:

  • 47 responded to the Education and Training sector.
  • Water and Sanitation received no applicants.
  • Tourism received only three.

11 companies received a V2030 ICT Innovation Award at a ceremony held in Diani, Mombasa on the 20th of April 2011 as part of the Kenya ICT Board’s Connected Kenya Summit. The winners each got a commemorative trophy, certificate and $1,000 prize money from Accenture. Ushahidi received the award for the Social Equity and Poverty reduction sector and this why !

Ushahidi: Creating a New Narrative from Ushahidi on Vimeo.

Here is a list of the other winners in the different sectors.

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