The government of Kenya is committed to providing Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) to improve the livelihoods of Kenyans by ensuring the availability of accessible, efficient, reliable and affordable ICT services and to set out a framework to realise this objective. The Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) was formed in response to this commitment.
KICTANet is a multi stakeholder network of members from civil society groups, private sector, development partners and media. The network aims to act as a catalyst for reform in the ICT sector in support of the government mission to enable Kenyans to gain maximum benefit from the opportunity offered by ICTs.
The philosophy behind the network’s formation was based on the approach of building on what already exists by focusing on strengthening already existing capacities. KICTANet, tries to avoid multiplicity and encourage synergies for ICT policy related activities and initiatives. It provides a platform to enhance collaboration among organisations and networks interested in working together to achieve the national aim of ICT enabled growth and development.
The goal of the network is to:
Maintain a structure for networks and organisations that share or support common goals on ICTs in Kenya and work together to achieve those goals in support of time-limited campaigns and ongoing ICT policy work at the national level.
Objectives of the Kenya ICT Action Network are:
- To improve the effectiveness of ICT policy processes by expanding base for support of ICT initiatives, providing support for member’s actions and audience for member’s ideas.
- Facilitate effective dissemination channels regarding the ICT policy and regulatory processes to keep everyone updated on what is going on in the sector
- Provide access to varied and multiple resources/skills
- Link organisations and networks working at the community level to those specialised and working in the broader political space