By Joshua Stern - Executive Director
Thank you for your continuing support of our program to empower community-driven development with online and mobile technology in East Africa.
The last quarter has been exciting and important for Envaya as we build into a strong 2012.
First, we surpassed 1000 civil society organizations that have signed up for and are using Envaya. This is a landmark number, and is also crucial in getting the word out about Envaya, and helping us work toward our most important goal of strengthening the ability of those organizations in accomplishing their missions, and in working with each other.
We’ve begun an exciting new collaboration with Twaweza, which is an ongoing citizen initiative in Tanzania and East Africa designed to foster large-scale “bottom-up” change. Through this partnership, we will be improving specific functions of Envaya's monitoring and reporting system, with Twaweza and its partner organizations soon using the system.
We’re excited to be officially be co-hosting Startup World Tanzania (www.startupworld.com) along with the Commission for Science and Technology. Startup World is a business idea competition, and the regional winners receive a trip to Silicon Valley where they will present their plan and vision to a panel of experts, and one company will be crowned best startup on the planet. The idea is to promote digital entrepreneurship in emerging countries around the planet, and working with the Commission on this project is another facet of Envaya’s goal of promoting computer technology and usage in Africa.
Envaya has begun discussions about richer collaboration with Tanzanian government, looking for ways to use the Envaya platform to increase Government and citizen communication – we hope to start in Bagamoyo district, and build out from there.
Finally, we have some new faces in our Tanzania office: www.envaya.org/envaya/team. Nothing we do can work without the tireless efforts of our local teams.