AboutEstablished in 2001, the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) is a Kenya-based ICT for Development organization
Established in 2001, the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) is a Kenya-based ICT for Development organization with a regional reach whose mission is
“To promote women and youths’ access to and knowledge of ICT as tools for sustainable development.”
ACWICT is a Kenya-based ICT for Development (ICT4D) Organization whose mission is to promote women’s and youths’ access to and knowledge of ICTs as tools for sustainable development. ACWICT is managed by an independent competent board of trustees and a secretariat with qualified staff in areas of expertise. Our head office is based in Nairobi, with field offices in 9 counties across the country. The day to day activities at ACWICT are managed by an executive director who reports to the board of trustees.
ACWICT places a lot of emphasis on building strategic alliances to maximize impact and to leverage on resources. Through the years we have partnerships with:
- International development partners,
- National and County Governments,
- National Technology Companies,
- Public/ private universities in Kenya, TVETs,
- Local NGOs and community based organizations.
ACWICT has a curriculum developed over a long period of time with inputs from funding partners CISCO, Microsoft, International Youth Foundation, Intel, The World Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation.
The curriculum is scalable to fit the needs of different target beneficiaries; primary school/high school/vocational and/or tertiary education. It also covers four areas; Digital Literacy, Life skills (Life skills at work place, day to day life and reproductive health), Entrepreneurship and financial literacy, and 19 vocational trades.
Over the last 14 years, ACWICT has implemented successful programs that have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in Kenya and in the East and Horn of Africa region by equipping them with technical and soft skills for employability, and healthcare; supporting marginalized girls to complete secondary education and access better livelihoods; promoting rural women’s access to agricultural market information; increasing women’s participation in democratic governance processes and advocacy for women and youth friendly policies and regulations.
ACWICT’s other programs include reproductive health integration, girl child education program, women and leadership, innovative women teachers program,promoting agricultural market efficiencies program and the regional women’s networking program. Our financial support comes from Microsoft Corporation,the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Youth Foundation(IYF) United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women),World Bank, Samsung Electronics Ltd, NetHope Academy, United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), Communications Commission of Kenya, Trestle Group Foundation, Voices for Innovation and Action Aid International Kenya.
Since 2007, ACWICT has been implementing successful youth empowerment programs that target young people in their transition point from primary school/high school/vocational and/or tertiary education to the world of work. This is achieved through equipping them with technical skills (IT and vocational skills), coding skills, online work skills, life skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy coupled with job placement support. Every year the organization reaches over 25,000 women and youth, impacting over 250,000 of their significant others annually. At least 80% of the young people trained are placed into jobs, internships and apprenticeship.
- ACWICT is a Certified Equivalent of a US Public Charity U.S. 501(c) (3)
- Approved Microsoft IT Academy
- Voted the best Cisco Empowerment Academy for East Africa 2010
- Recognized by the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) as a key contact in Africa for bridging the gender digital divide through strategic partnerships.
- Microsoft Academy Service Partner, East and Central Africa in 2013
- Zuri Awards Winner, 2016
- 2015 Early Adopters Kenya Award and 2015 Academy Growth Kenya Award from the Cisco Networking Academy
- 2015 Upgrade Your World Award by Microsoft Corporation
- Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller in 2014
- Ninaweza Youth Employability program was voted as a Best Practice in an impact evaluation conducted by the International Youth Foundation, Microsoft Corporation and the World Bank in April 2013.
- ACWICT was declared a DREAMS Innovation challenge winner in 2016. Our solution was selected from more than 800 ideas to infuse new thinking and high impact approaches to empower adolescent girls in Kenya to live HIV free lives.
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