Digital Villages- Pasha Centres
The achievement of an information-based society is one of the mainpriorities of the Government towards the realization of nationaldevelopment goals and objectives for wealth and employment creation. The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) report provides an insight into howthe Pasha Centres are operating. This M&E has been carried out with thebaseline that all the program design requirements have been met and allpartnerships between KICTB and service providers are in place as thisprovides the minimum infrastructure required by the Pasha Centre. These minimum program design requirements include:
Branding: Standard image and colours to ensure visibility
Funding: Receipt of funding from banking agent.
Equipment: Computers, routers, furniture and all other equipmenthas been purchased and installed.
Training and technical support: Management skills and support forequipment
Bouquet of services: Business and money transfer licenses
Role of Pasha Centers
To provide Kenyans in rural areas with access to information; theincreased access to information will serve to:1.To enhance business skills and knowledge in rural areas as well asexpose rural communities to world news and trends that maypositively enhance their lives;2.Provide employment for Kenyans both directly through economicactivity that the centre will generate and secondarily through theopportunities that the information will provide;3.To bring online services closer to rural communities.
What is a Pasha Center?
Pasha centers provide a suite of services to the public via computersconnected to the internet. Pasha Centers are generally modeled underthree (3) categories: Basic, Standard, and Advanced.
Who runs and owns the Pasha e-centers?
The Pasha Centers are run by private entrepreneurs. Prospectiveentrepreneurs who apply for the Digital Villages Revolving Fund and aresuccessful will be eligible to set up Pasha Centers.