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ACWICT

The Story

Established in 2001, The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) is a Kenya-based ICT for Development organization whose mission is to promote women and youth’s access to and knowledge of ICT as a tool for sustainable development.

We work with high potential but disadvantaged young women and at times young men at their transitions point from primary school/high school/vocational and/or tertiary education to the world of work, to improve their education, employment, health and leadership opportunities.

At ACWICT we believe that provision of education, and productive employment or income generating opportunities are the surest ways of improving the socio-economic standing of young women in Kenya.

As a result, for over a decade, ACWICT has been implementing workforce development programs that aim at improving the employability prospects and income generating capacities of the young women participating in our employability programs. This is achieved by equipping the beneficiaries with demand-driven skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to obtain and participate in productive work.

At least 80% of the young women trained are placed into jobs, internships, apprenticeship, and online work while those seeking entrepreneurship paths are linked to sources of start-up capital. Every year ACWICT reaches over 25,000 women and impacts on over 250,000 of their significant others.

Through the years ACWICT has received funding support from PEPFAR, JSI Research and Training Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Children and Youth Foundation, Intel Corporation, UN Women, International Youth Foundation, World Bank, CISCO, Samsung, Technoserve and Certiport.

Currently we are implementing a DREAMS Innovation Challenge solution known as The Vusha Girls Employability Program, a workforce development program, which seeks to reduce the vulnerability of 1000 young women from the informal settlements of Kisumu and Nairobi to HIV infections.

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