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iHub By Jessica Colaço / April 21, 2011

Ushahidi Wins V2030 award for Social Equity and Poverty reduction


Driven by the need to see Kenya emerge from an economic decline and to move beyond Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS) to Sustained Social & Economic Development among other factors the Kenyan government, through its National Economic and Social Council (NESC) unveiled a grand national vision strategy for Kenya; the Vision 2030.

The Vision 2030 is meant to sustain the growth momentum achieved since 2003 where the GDP rose from 0.6% in 2002 to 6.1% in 2006, and also to achieve the targeted 10% annual growth rate. Such growth is expected to catapult the country to a middle income status by the year 2030. It is anchored on three key pillars; Economic, Social and Political pillars.

Economic Pillar
The goal for this pillar is to maintain a sustained economic growth of 10% p.a. over the next 25 years. A robust and collaborative approach was followed to identify those sectors with the greatest potential to drive growth in the Kenyan economy:

  1. Tourism
  2. Agriculture
  3. Wholesale and retail trade
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
  6. Financial Services

Social Pillar
The Social Pillar aspires to build a just and cohesive society that enjoys equitable social development in a clean and secure environment:

  1. Education & Training
  2. Health Sector
  3. Water and Sanitation
  4. Environment
  5. Housing and Urbanisation
  6. Gender, Vulnerable groups & Youth
  7. Social Equity and Poverty Reduction

Political Pillar
The Vision proposes reform of the governance system through a range of constitutional, legal and administrative reforms to create issue-based, people centred, result-oriented and accountable democratic political system.

According to the Kenya ICT Board, of the companies that participated in the applications process:

  • 47 responded to the Education and Training sector.
  • Water and Sanitation received no applicants.
  • Tourism received only three.


11 companies received a V2030 ICT Innovation Award at a ceremony held in Diani, Mombasa on the 20th of April 2011 as part of the Kenya ICT Board’s Connected Kenya Summit. The winners each got a commemorative trophy, certificate and $1,000 prize money from Accenture. Ushahidi received the award for the Social Equity and Poverty reduction sector and this why !

Ushahidi: Creating a New Narrative from Ushahidi on Vimeo.

Here is a list of the other winners in the different sectors.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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