The community development portal www.kenanaonline.com wins first prize at the 7th Arab e-content Award 2011
The Community Development Portal (CDP) www.kenanaonline.com won the 1st Prize in the 7th Arab e-Content Award 2011 under the Social Network Category. The Award, sponsored by the e-Government Authority in Bahrain, will be officially announcement at the Bahrain IT Expo 2011 on Tuesday 17th May, 2011, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology.
Kenanaonline.com, managed by the UNDP Project ‘ICT to Foster Egypt's Sustainable Human Development (Phase II)’, is no stranger to international recognition having clenched a number of prestigious awards in the past from prominent venues and entities including the Stockholm Challenge, E-India, the Pan-Arab Web Awards, The Arab e-Content Award, and the World summit Award.
Kenanaonline.com addresses the community’s needs by providing them with information related to business; small industry; health; agriculture and farming; and educational and vocational training. The portal doubly serves as an information hub for youth as it contains information on a wide variety of topics, ranging from entertainment to computer and internet knowledge. The portal offers also offers a number of activities including conducting field activities for youth engagement, such as workshops; establishing a network of youth mentors; building partnerships with organizations working on similar initiatives; developing multimedia content to simplify important messages; providing entertainment content to attract youth; and ensuring the availability of capacity building content.
During 2010 the Kenanaonline portal has grown significantly in both scope and popularity. To date kenanaonline.com has received over 39,000,000 visits, with the number of unique visitors surpassing the 320,000 mark. The number of articles stored on the portal has risen from 15,000 articles in early 2007 to over 50,000 today. This increase illustrates Kenanaonline’s ability to serve its user base well by adding content that responds to the needs of the participating communities. 5,000 of those users have officially registered online to the portal. Kenanaonline’s services aren’t limited to Egyptian communities; while about 50% of the portal’s users are from Egypt, 10% from Saudi Arabia, 30% from other Arabic-speaking countries, and 10% are from non-Arabic speaking countries.
IT clubs and NGOs play a crucial role in Kenanaonline’s activities by responding to user’s interests and assisting in the accumulation of relevant content in the portal. Thus far, the agricultural section has been the most popular among visitors and currently has 10 dedicated professionals who add content based on the needs of its users. A civil society component of the Kenanaonline is also being developed to help foster a dialogue among participants and strengthen the community dynamic that is of vital importance to the project as a whole.
Efforts to harmonize Kenanaonline with the Community Knowledge Generation E-Library (CKGEL) project www.fekrzad.com have continued successfully. This integration has strengthened the viability and user base of Kenanaonline, while the CKGEL’s competition component has continued to be employed and has been proven to be a constructive tool to expand content. As such, Kenanaonline has become a community that facilitates a digital learning experience and utilizes the unique capabilities of ICT. Much of the content on Kenanaonline was not previously available to its users, making this initiative invaluable in bridging the gap between rural and urban communities.
About ‘ICT to Foster Egypt's Sustainable Human Development (Phase II)’
The ‘ICT to Foster Egypt's Sustainable Human Development (Phase II)’ project, implemented by the Egypt Information and Communication Technology Trust Fund (EICT-TF), aims to promote sustainable human development by increasing awareness of the benefits of ICT and making ICT more accessible and affordable to all citizens. EICT-TF was established in 2002 by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). The Fund’s strategic objective is to expand the innovative utilization of ICT in all walks of life to accelerate the socio-economic development in Egypt and make ICT more accessible and affordable to all citizens via Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). The Fund currently sponsors several projects, in five main sectors; (i) Community Development, (ii) Tele-centres, (iii) Education, (iv) Health and ICT for Disabilities, (v) ICT for Micro Small, and Medium enterprises (M/SMEs).
About the Arab e-Content Award
The Arab e-Content Award is part of the World Summit Award (WSA), sharing its vision of raising awareness on the need for local digital content. Headed by Professor Peter A. Bruck, the registration, evaluation, and jury proceedings are all carried out in accordance with international standards set by experts in the domain of e-Content. The Arab e-Content Award's main objective is to promote creativity in the domain of Arab e-Content, and to encourage the collaboration between countries in the region. The Winners of the Arab e-Content Award 2011 were evaluated by the Grand Jury of the World Summit Award which convened in Hong Kong last April to select the world's best e-Content and creative use of ICT candidates. The Grand Jury of WSA completed the evaluation and selection of the winners based on the published criteria (www.wsis-award.org).
Ms. Dalia Zaki, Programme Assistant, Poverty Reduction, UNDP Egypt, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +257 848 406