If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.
Women’s Time Poverty: Kisa recognizes that girls in Tanzania rarely have the opportunity to access the tools needed to develop critical information and communication technology (ICT) skills and build the social networks needed for them to become leaders – often because of social norms that expect them to spend their time after school performing domestic chores and caring for younger siblings. Kisa works to combat those norms by providing school scholarships for young women – with the requirement that they meet after school with a Kisa mentor on a weekly basis in order to build their leadership and ICT skills. As these young women experience and demonstrate success in their leadership undertakings, and as they develop networks of individuals in Tanzania and around the world who provide ongoing career and mentoring support and who also recognize and celebrate their successes, it is expected that families will start to see the benefit of allowing their daughters to exchange working at home for spending time on developing the skills that will allow them to become economic providers in the family.
Social Norms: Walk into any computer lab in a secondary school in Tanzania after the school day is over, and you will find it filled with young men – but only rarely will there be a young women there. The use of computers – and corresponding access to Internet-based resources and information – is dominated by men in Tanzania. Indeed, in Africa as a whole, it is estimated that women account for less than 25 percent of Internet users (Hafkin 2006). The Kisa Project is designed to help reverse these norms, by equipping and encouraging young girls to develop ICT skills and become Internet-literate – thereby better positioning them for future employment, and giving them access to vital information and networks.
Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:
Market research, Technology introduction, Technology training, Assessment and evaluation.
If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.
Market Research: Kisa’s Tanzanian mentors have played a major role in the design of the Kisa website in its current pilot year, in order to help ensure that it is relevant, interesting, and accessible to the Tanzanian students it will serve. In addition, as the website evolves in conjunction with the implementation of the Kisa program, the Mentors – and later in the year, the Kisa Scholars – will continue to play a significant role in defining the content, aesthetics and features of the website.
Technology Introduction: Every year, the Kisa mentors will introduce the Kisa website and the Kisa computer labs – along with the digital storytelling workshops – to each new group of Kisa Scholars, and will endeavor to demonstrate to them, and to their families, the value of spending less time at home after school, and more time developing their ICT skills and building networks in the Kisa computer labs.
Technology Training: Each year, the Kisa mentors will train the Kisa Scholars in the use of the Kisa computer labs and the Kisa website, thus helping to ensure that the young women become computer and technology-literate.
Assessment and Evaluation: Upon completion of Kisa’s current pilot year, AfricAid will undertake a formal evaluation of the entire program, including its essential technology component. As part of that effort, the Kisa Mentors and Kisa Scholars will play an integral role in assessing the efficacy of the Kisa labs, the Kisa website, and the associated training program in building ICT skills and creating supportive social networks.
Which type of women will your project reach directly?
Rural, Peri-urban, Urban, Low income, Middle income.
In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?
It is led by a woman/women., It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..
Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?
Non-profit/NGO/community-based organization, For-profit, Government, Women's organization, Other.
Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?
Working with women, Working with technologies, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology, Working on innovation.