So, let's me to try catch up...In April 2013 I left Kenya and moved to Uganda to start working with Oxfam Novib (the Netherlands Oxfam) as Programme Manager for a programme in Gulu, Northern Uganda called "Internet Now!". The programme aimed at bringing internet and ICTs to communities in post-conflict Northern Uganda and by targeting the youth, give them skills, access to information and employment opportunities that would help them improve their livelihoods. Underlying all of this was establishment of a social enterprise that would be self sustaining - SINFA Uganda.
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It has been two years since I've been in Malawi and it has been an interesting and exciting time. The country still has a long way to go development-wise and it has been very fulfilling for me to play a part in terms of increasing access to and affordability of the Internet. Since we are focused on provision of longhaul and International bandwidth I have not been able to do much at the retail end of service provision apart for encouraging and supporting the emergence of new ISPs - some of whom are really growing fast. There still remains a massive untapped and unserved set of potential internet users.
My family moved to Uganda where we lived for the duration and similarly moved to Malawi where we presently live. The kids have managed to adjust and fit in - after lots of moans and groans about the change of scene. We managed to find a good church (halellujah!) and interestingly both my wife and our second born son - Kamoza - took up playing golf (and have both become quite good at it!)
Anyway, signing off for now. More later - let's hope I'll be more consistent this time round