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Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) Digital Learning Space

We seek to facilitate the full utilization of the 30% of Government Procurement set aside for youth, women & persons with disabilities.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

In 2013, the Government of Kenya set aside 30% of all Government procurement for youth, women & persons with disabilities. However, these preference groups are yet to fully take advantage of the 30% (approximately KES 300 Billion) set aside for them annually. Given the highly technical nature of procurement, especially Government procurement, the challenges faced by these groups become clear. These groups lack knowledge on procurement rules, regulations and best practices, they lack the technical know-how required to properly fill tender documents, they lack the financial know-how and credit facilities required to guarantee their tenders, and they lack the experience to navigate Government machinery. Our idea is to build a Digital Learning Space through which they can acquire the necessary training, capacity building, manuals, and general information that will equip them with the technical and financial skills needed to not only apply for tenders but to win them too. The brief states that "we need new approaches to what exists – and to build young people’s capacity in the transferable skills that lay the foundation for a lifetime of growth." And what exists now is a KES 300 Billion opportunity that has hardly been utilized largely due to the lack of skills and capacity by young people to fully utilize it. Our idea touches on both these elements by identifying what already exists but is not fully utilized and provides a framework for its full utilization.

WHO BENEFITS?

Our idea benefits youth, women and persons with disabilities in accordance with the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015. At age 18, about 1.2 million youth enter the labour market without any formal training or skills. At the age of 24 only 11% will have had formal training. This huge skills gap amongst youth in Kenya is reflected in the negligible number of youth who can competently apply for and win Government tenders.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

Socialight Media Ltd. is a Digital Solutions provider in Kenya. We help organizations meet their objectives through agile and responsive digital solutions. We built the AGPO Portal (www.agpo.go.ke) that has to date registered over 90,000 youth, women and persons with disabilities owned businesses.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Kenya

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

Yes. Reach: This was a key issue with most respondents. We currently have over 90,000 businesses registered. However, this number pales in comparison the number of youth and women entering the job market every year and the number of companies registered under these groups. We have therefore updated our proposal to include collaboration with the Registrar of Companies in Kenya to ensure that we can get access to youth companies at the point of registration. We have also adjusted it to include a comprehensive and very targeted sensitization campaign that will ensure we reach these young people where they are. We will also work with bodies such as Youth Enterprise Development Fund and Women’s Development Fund. Internet Penetration: Given that this is mostly a digital learning space, we have received feedback that highlights the internet costs as a key barrier to training primarily using Video Tutorials. As a result, we have adjusted the idea to offer all the training materials posted in various formats to ensure that those with bandwidth problems can be able to access low bandwidth training materials such as infographics, images, text and audio content.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

There is currently no known training or capacity building being offered to companies on Government Procurement in Kenya, free or premium. This idea will tap the minds of the leading procurement professionals within Government to provide practical knowledge, for free. Government Procurement officers are the best placed people to provide this training because they best understand the Government procurement laws, regulations and processes. This idea decentralises the procurement training and capacity building across the country to anyone who can get access to the internet. Advantages -We built the current AGPO portal which has registered over 90,000 businesses that we can start training upon launch of the AGPO Digital Learning Space. - As a youth owned and run company that has had a couple of Government contracts, we have undergone most of the challenges that youth and women entrepreneurs go through. - We have a working relationship with the National Treasury, and especially the Public Procurement Directorate, the implementing authority of the AGPO program. - Our 3 years experience with AGPO places us at a unique position to understand the challenges and how to solve them.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED?

The National Treasury at the onset conducted Capacity building efforts geared at training these preference groups. The problem with their approach was that physical training was accompanied by huge mobilisation costs and logistical nightmares. Furthermore, the training sessions and materials were not sufficient to cater for such a wide array of procurement needs that these preference groups needed. And given the sheer number of businesses to be trained across the country, physical training sessions proved impractical and unsustainable. This coupled with the lack of an internal team that could think of and build solutions has ensured that the problem has persisted.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS IDEA?

Do we make the learning space a prerequisite to getting registered on AGPO to ensure that all companies actually go through the training materials relevant to their industry. This would mean that only upon watching/listening/or viewing the docs would a company be allowed to continue to registration process. This proposal has its setbacks. It might reduce the rate of registration and affect the morale of the people we are trying to reach. The current default setting is to make the capacity building voluntary and then monitor the uptake level and work on improving the numbers through other means such as reminders, “did you know” pop up questions, newsletters, and alerts.

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

Yes. Presidential Digital Talent Programme, The Global Entrepreneurship Forum 2015, the Pope Visit to Kenya where he met with Youth, Utawala Institute and MyGov. The solutions we have built before have been data intensive in terms data analytics and visualisation. We have built solutions around Governance that made it easy for leaders to make decisions informed by data. We have also built internal solutions that have allowed users from various countries and localities to share Video, Image, and Audio content internally. This idea combines and expands on these two in terms of scale, capacity, impact, and adds a community element to it. We have also run separate projects that have dealt with creating online communities where youth could interact and share ideas.

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

We will implement this idea as Socialight Media Ltd. Our team can build the system and manage it much the same way we have managed the AGPO portal for the last three years. We will partner with the National Treasury to provide procurement officers who will provide the training and manuals as well as explain the procurement laws, regulations and procedures. Other partners will come on board through a joint approach by Socialight Media and the National Treasury to on-board them as partners.
    What potential challenges do you foresee? Do you have them mapped out? 

    Yes. The main challenge that we expect is a trust issue where we expect that young people mistrust the general procurement system by Government believing that it is rigged against them and in favour of the elite. Also, getting financial partners on board to recognise LPOs and finance young people based on LPOs. And also to reduce the cost of credit.

    Do the target audience see the benefits of training?

    Yes they do. The majority of young people who have been disqualified in tender processes have been very bitter and claim that the system was rigged against them. However, upon review, we have been able to show them where they went wrong. They see the benefits of training in improving their success rates and equipping them with the right tools and skills sets to use in the long run.

    How viable is it post-training to actually access the money?

    It is very viable. There is a directive by the President requiring Government institutions to pay suppliers especially AGPO companies within 2 months of  delivery. There is also a compliance module within the AGPO system that is tracking the contracts that have been allocated to these preference groups, their value and and how they are being awarded. Lastly, Parliament requires the National Treasury to report on the progress of AGPO by providing reports on the number of businesses that have benefited and by how much. 

    How do you intend to break some of the initial barriers?

    Due to our pre-existing relationship with both AGPO registered companies and the National Treasury, we do not foresee any initial barriers in terms of deployment. The barriers at an operational level will be monitored and the system adjusted accordingly. 

    Do you have some hypothesis we want to test?

    Yes. That procurement training and capacity building improves the rate at which youth, women and persons with disabilities owned businesses win Government tenders. 

    Reflect on the user's journey… Have you considered making different user experience maps for different types of users?

    Yes. The users journey is dependent on his industry and type of business. We might want to customise this further... a lot of it will be adjusted based on actual user experience and analytics showing how users navigate through the system.

    Do youth really want to apply and win Government tenders? Is it in line with their aspirations?

    Yes. Abundantly so. Youth owned businesses offer many services that are required by the Government in its day to day operations; from simple supply supplies work to complex ICT systems development that a lot of our youth are now quite proficient in. Government as a client offers these Youth owned businesses the stability that many lack due to chasing of payments. This is especially so due to the directive that Youth owned businesses must be paid within 2 months of supplying their services. 

    Do you have potential users that have limited access to be online or no access at all?

    Yes. How we plan to cater for those with limited supply is to avail different formats of training apart from video. All training content will be downloadable for use offline. Sample filled tender documents that can be downloaded and printed will be provided in addition to infographics providing users with step by step process of filling tender documents.

    How do you intend to reach them? 

    The registration of these enterprises for the AGPO certificates happens online. The certificates are issued digitally. Therefore, the assumption is that all companies seeking to provide services have access online, even periodic.

    Have you considered a fair or series of pop up stands for people to come and learn?

    The cost connotation of doing physical training is quite high. However, through our partners, we can ride on their offices, events and general infrastructure to distribute materials.

    What are the potential insights and lessons learned from video training? And non-video training?
    1. Video training provides more context than non-video training.
    2. Consumption of Video training content might be lower than non-video training due to bandwidth challenges.
    3. Non Video training may be cost effective and given its variety (infographics, sample tender docs tec), it may be better due to the constant reference to it at the comfort of the office or house without necessarily being online. 

    How do they compare and what is the impact?

    We will have to assess the impact from our analytics to see which has the greatest impact and adjust the training appropriately. 

    What is in place post this training to ensure that once tenders are won that young people have sufficient support to expand their businesses etc?

    Once tenders are won, the system will be set to alert the users of similar tenders that have been advertised by Government to enable them get more business but now with the benefit of experience having done similar work. Further, we shall avail information to ensure that once a tender is won, they have enough advice on how to invest the money back in the business, pay their taxes, and in general ensure that the work is done well to ensure that they can get repeat business.

SHARE ONE SENTENCE ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU WOULD LIKE THIS PROJECT TO HAVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, AND ONE QUESTION YOU NEED TO ANSWER TO GET THERE.

We would like this project to have trained and facilitated 100,000 youth, women and persons with disabilities owned businesses into becoming established, stable, profitable businesses, hiring approximately 1,000,000 young people among their ranks. Question How many businesses do we need to target annually and ensure they are adequately trained and facilitated throughout the procurement processes over the years in order to achieve the intended impact?

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • Between $100,000 and $500,000

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • Within 500 km of where our team does most of its work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES BEEN WORKING ON THIS PILOT PROJECT TOGETHER?

  • More than a year

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING AMPLIFY'S PORTFOLIO OF INNOVATORS?

We have a lot to offer and we also have a lot to learn. Naturally, Amplify's Portfolio of Innovators represents the perfect space to be in especially as we seek to extend our work regionally and collaborate with other experts in human centered from across the world. It is the right fit for us and we also bring a lot on the table.
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Experience Map.pdf

User Experience Map

What to Prototype.pdf

What to Prototype.

Beneficiary Feedback - AGPO Digital Learning Space.pdf

User experience and what to prototype notes.

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The features of the Digital Learning Space - Specs of the Portal.

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Additional features of the Digital Learning Space - Specs of the Portal.

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Marvin Tumbo Check it out - we've featured the Top Ideas on a blog post here. Congratulations, again! https://challenges.openideo.com/blog/youth-empowerment-challenge-top-ideas-announced

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Hi Socialight Media Team! Amplify and our experts have some notes and questions for your submission. We encourage you to reflect on this feedback as you continue to improve and refine your idea.

- This is definitely a new and exciting approach in this sector. Your use of digital will reach a wider and broader audience, and give your idea the potential to expand. Well done!
- With sufficient monitoring and evaluation, you will be able to easily modify the training based off of your user's feedback and results. This shows the potential for prototyping and iterating - all are components of the human-centered design process. Great job!
- What potential challenges do you foresee? Do you have them mapped out? Do the people targeted see the benefits of undertaking the training and how viable is it post- training to actually access the money? How do you intend to break some of the initial barriers? Do you have some hypotheses you want to test?
- We want you to really reflect on your user's journey. Have you considered making different User Experience Maps for different types of users? Do youth really want to apply and win government tenders? Is this in line with their aspirations?
- Do you have potential users that have limited access to be online or no access at all? How do you intend to reach them? Have you considered a fair or series of pop up stands for people to come and learn?
- What are the potential insights and lessons learned from video training? And non-video training? How do they compare and what is the impact?
- What is in place post this training to ensure that once tenders are won that young people have sufficient support to expand their businesses etc.?

In case you missed it, OpenIDEO and Amplify hosted a Storytelling Office Hour - https://youtu.be/g0gZRR6T9tA. Storytelling is an incredibly useful tool to articulate an idea and help make it come to life! Don't forget - December 18th is your last day to make changes to your idea on the OpenIDEO platform.

Looking forward to reading more!

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What potential challenges do you foresee? Do you have them mapped out?
Yes. The main challenge that we expect is a trust issue where we expect that young people mistrust the general procurement system by Government believing that it is rigged against them and in favour of the elite. Also, getting financial partners on board to recognise LPOs and finance young people based on LPOs. And also to reduce the cost of credit.

Do the target audience see the benefits of training?
Yes they do. The majority of young people who have been disqualified in tender processes have been very bitter and claim that the system was rigged against them. However, upon review, we have been able to show them where they went wrong. They see the benefits of training in improving their success rates and equipping them with the right tools and skills sets to use in the long run.

How viable is it post-training to actually access the money?
It is very viable. There is a compliance module within the AGPO system that is tracking the contracts that have been allocated to these preference groups, their value and and how they are being awarded. Lastly, Parliament requires the National Treasury to report on the progress of AGPO by providing reports on the number of businesses that have benefited and by how much.

How do you intend to break some of the initial barriers?
Due to our pre-existing relationship with both AGPO registered companies and the National Treasury, we do not foresee any initial barriers in terms of deployment. The barriers at an operational level will be monitored and the system adjusted accordingly.

Do you have some hypothesis we want to test?
Yes. That procurement training and capacity building improves the rate at which youth, women and persons with disabilities owned businesses win Government tenders.

Reflect on the user's journey… Have you considered making different user experience maps for different types of users?
Yes. The users journey is dependent on his industry and type of business. We might want to customise this further... a lot of it will be adjusted based on actual user experience and analytics showing how users navigate through the system.

Do youth really want to apply and win Government tenders? Is it in line with their aspirations?
Yes. Abundantly so. Youth owned businesses offer many services that are required by the Government in its day to day operations; from simple supply supplies work to complex ICT systems development that a lot of our youth are now quite proficient in. Government as a client offers these Youth owned businesses the stability that many lack due to chasing of payments. This is especially so due to the directive that Youth owned businesses must be paid within 2 months of supplying their services.

Do you have potential users that have limited access to be online or no access at all?
Yes. How we plan to cater for those with limited supply is to avail different formats of training apart from video. All training content will be downloadable for use offline. Sample filled tender documents that can be downloaded and printed will be provided in addition to infographics providing users with step by step process of filling tender documents.

How do you intend to reach them?
The registration of these enterprises for the AGPO certificates happens online. The certificates are issued digitally. Therefore, the assumption is that all companies seeking to provide services have access online, even periodic.

Have you considered a fair or series of pop up stands for people to come and learn?
The cost connotation of doing physical training is quite high. However, through our partners, we can ride on their offices, events and general infrastructure to distribute materials.

What are the potential insights and lessons learned from video training? And non-video training?
Video training provides more context than non-video training.
Non Video training may be cost effective and given its variety (infographics, sample tender docs, it may be better due to the constant reference to it at the comfort of the office or house without necessarily being online.

How do they compare and what is the impact?
We will have to assess the impact from our analytics to see which has the greatest impact and adjust the training appropriately.

What is in place post this training to ensure that once tenders are won that young people have sufficient support to expand their businesses etc?
Once tenders are won, the system will be set to alert the users of similar tenders that have been advertised by Government to enable them get more business but now with the benefit of experience having done similar work. Further, we shall avail information to ensure that once a tender is won, they have enough advice on how to invest the money back in the business, pay their taxes, and in general ensure that the work is done well to ensure that they can get repeat business.

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Digital solutions are the way to go. This promotes the open government agenda, allows for feedback and data collection mechanisms for faster program development and of course digital is a way cheaper information dissemination tool compared to legacy media. This is a great idea. All the best!

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Thank you Eric. Much appreciated. 

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unfortunately the 30% tendering directive has been hijacked by the rich and connected  in Kenya, who have benefited from affirmative procurement rules which is disingenuous and smacks of contempt for the needy.
for Christ's sake, the presidents own wealthy sister is tendering under this affirmative action smh!
 http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Editorial/affirmative-action-is-not-for-the-rich/440804-3446096-12mefkn/

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With all due respect, the application of the law cannot be selective. Otherwise, we will all find reasons why other categories people should not qualify. And the law and its regulations state has set preference and reservations for Youth, Women and Persons with Disability. Another section has set preference for local contractors. It does not say that persons with disability who are wealthy should not apply. We work with the law as it is. Secondly, while we appreciate your right to your own opinions, we have seen over 90,000 businesses apply for this program and we are trying to equip them and many more like them with the skills that they clearly lack yet need. It is always easy to descend to cynicism, but we haven't. That is why we have put forward a solution to the problem as we see it because that is the reality on the ground. We cannot condemn a program that seeks to put 300 Billion annually in the pockets of our youth, women and persons with disabilities because it has problems or certain issues we do not agree with. The first time we encountered a problem with AGPO, we offered them a solution for free, and built it for them. We have spotted another challenge and we have put forward a solution. My humble request to you, given your issues with the program, is that you offer solutions to them instead of shooting down those who do. This is a life changing program and we will do our part to make sure that its intended beneficiaries have the tools, skills and capabilities to fully take advantage of it. Thank you. 

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The government tendering system in Kenya is rigged against the youth, women and persons with disability. This system has proven to be ineffective in helping any youth except the connected few. In my opinion, the youth, women and persons with disabilities are better off starting a real business not based on an unscalable and unsustainable system of government tenders which in Kenya has created a huge corruption menace full of "tenderpreneur" cartels with no real business.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2015/12/01/corruption-and-tenderpreneurs-bring-kenyas-economy-to-its-knees/#4eec23342dc2
http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Tender-fraud-is-Kenya-s-fastest-growing-economic-crime/539546-2222092-noyg1e/index.html
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Corruption-Cartels-Procurement-Tenders-Government/1056-2718968-159c0s0/index.html
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Uhuru-sister-firm-listed-in-disadvantaged-group/1056-3434656-5st40t/

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Hi Dismus. Thank you for your comment. I think you have overstated the facts in saying that the system is rigged against the preference groups. Many Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies today explicitly state the tenders that are reserved for these preference groups. Established firms cannot apply for those tenders. Granted that there have been instances of fraud in the tendering process, the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act 2015 that was signed into law earlier this year has addressed a lot of the procurement issues that you have quoted above. Further, the groups you say need to start real businesses actually have businesses that they are running on a day to day basis. Government happens to be one of the potential clients for these businesses, not the only client.

http://ppoa.go.ke/images/downloads/Public%20Procurement%20and%20Asset%20Disposal%20Act%202015.pdf

Through the AGPO portal, we have seen quite a number of businesses like mine that have through trial and error learnt the procurement process and actually won tenders in Government. The training we intend to provide is to ensure that many more youth, women and persons with disability owned companies have a shorter learning curve in understanding the procurement laws, regulations and procedures. It is also important to mention that as per the law, the AGPO preference scheme is for the youth (between the ages of 18 and 35), women of all ages, and persons with disabilities of all ages.

That said, a key section of the training we shall provide deals with section 66 of the act that addresses "Corrupt, coercive, obstructive, collusive or fraudulent practice, conflicts of interest". These are emerging businesses that when trained adequately and early enough will from the onset dissociate from corrupt practices which they shall surely encounter at one stage or another. And if we can get our youth owned businesses working in accordance with law, we will have done our part in fighting corruption in this country. When they start working right from the onset, then I believe incrementally, as they grow, they will become established firms that cannot condone corruption in their ranks.

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Hello Dismas. Thank you for your comment.

When opportunities are provided such as the 30% Government Procurement for youth, women and persons with disabilities, we must understand that both stakeholders (the Government and Preference group) have a role to play in actualizing this.
Unfortunately, when awareness is created and information spread out across various platforms we hardly pay attention perhaps because we don't really have a need at that particular moment. For the existing organizations within these preference groups, a great majority do not have the capacity to actually take part in these tenders and that is why you would see only a few benefit from these tenders.



With the AGPO Digital Learning Space, it will ensure that due process is followed and that these preference groups will have a chance to compete equally and access what is rightfully theirs.

The Digital Learning Space will continuously create awareness, train these preference groups, provide an avenue for capacity building and access to finance. This ensures that the participants within these three groups are equipped with the knowledge, skills and ability they need to access, apply and attain these opportunities/tenders. The so called 'cartel' you are referring to have managed to connect and equip themselves with the knowledge and finances thus having a greater advantage over those who have not (those who lack knowledge and capacity).



In the same way Angel investors require entrepreneurs and businesses to do their due diligence, these organizations are also required to organize themselves and play their part so that they can access opportunities. We are working with various stakeholders to achieve this.



Going forward, we hope that you will support us as we continue to equip these preference groups with the skills and knowledge they need as well as help them access and partner with financial institutions so that they too can benefit and create great livelihoods for themselves.

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I think this is a very good idea, that makes it easier for Youth, Women and The Disabled to access opportunities in Government. Great stuff!

Photo of Maureen Kagambi
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Thank you Mwendwa.

Photo of Estah Ndunge
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Great stuff. Kudos

Photo of Brian Mung'ei
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Thanks Estah..

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Great article ...hope this comes to fruition ...would be great to be able to access the tenders out there..

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Thank you Eric, we hope so too. 

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This is a significant step in the ease-of-doing-business agenda. It recognises the significant role that the SME sector plays in the economy. It is the way to go.

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Thank you Henry. We hope to encourage the growth of more youth led business enterprises and SMEs so that they can access these opportunities. 

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"a majority of the tenders set aside for youth, women and persons with disabilities are still being supplied by established companies due to disqualification of youth owned enterprises." This is sad.
If the AGPO Digital Learning Space project will make that situation change, then way to go team. You have my total support.

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The opportunity is there. The empowerment and sensitization is what is missing. We are confident that this project should be able to fill much of that gap and create a shift in the balance. Most, if not all, of the KES 300 Billion needs to be accessed by the youth. 

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Thank you Elsie, I echo what my colleague Brian has said. Sensitization and empowerment is what we need.

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Kudos the team, love the points floated , reflective of the youth anchored gaps on the ground. Kenya needs such foward thinking Youth driven all inclusive solutions. ��

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Thank you Philip. We hope this will encourage more youth to seek opportunities to develop themselves and their peers. 

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"Forward thinking" being the key words. Although the uptake is low, the government has already afforded us this opportunity and it is upon us to see the valuation addition that we can do to the process. The AGPO programme is well positioned to transform the fortunes and lives of a lot of young Kenyan business people. 

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Well done guys!

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Thank you Mohammed. 

Photo of Eunice Ndua
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Brilliant idea.........very well thought.Kudos to the Team!

Photo of Brian Mung'ei
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Much appreciated Eunice..thank you for the vote of confidence. 

Photo of Joy Rockchica
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An amazing initiative, just what this society needs. Kudos!

Photo of Brian Mung'ei
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Thank you. The idea is to open up opportunities for the youth who are the pillar of the Kenyan society. We appreciate the positive sentiments. 

Photo of Emily Nyaneko
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Very insightful. This is the kind of vision we have been yearning for years. More opportunities for youth; the future of our country. Well in ������

Photo of Brian Mung'ei
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Thank you Emily..

Photo of Marvin Tumbo
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Thank you Emily. Hopefully we can get this going asap.

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Amazing

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Excellent viewpoint. great indeed

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This is what we young  Kenyan entrepreneurs needed in the first place! A serious education on the tendering processes/contracts.  And on ''how to do business'' with the government on literal basis yet maintaining a competitive edge, while using the right professional platforms. 

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Being a young kenyan female entrepreneur ..I am behind this idea 100%,for AGPO to be fully effective,i believe capacity building and sensitisation is key.go team!!gooo...brilliant idea!!!!!

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Thank you Fridz. Capacity building is what the program has lacked since its inception. Sensitisation goes hand in hand with it and we have outlined how this will be done especially via social media and in conjunction with other stakeholders in various sectors including Finance and Media. We hope we can be able to kick it off as soon as possible. 

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Thanks Fridz Ouma I do hope you have signed up for AGPO and you have your certificate with you :-) 

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Amazing initiative! keep it going...

Photo of Marvin Tumbo
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Thank you Muyonga. Much appreciated. 

Photo of Brian Mung'ei
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Thanks Steve. We hope it will have a big impact in how the youth in Kenya engage with the government. 

Photo of Stephen Kogi
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I need to take up these opportunities. Very enlightening!

Photo of Marvin Tumbo
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Hi Stephen. Indeed. There are many young people who have no idea that there is 300 Billion up for grabs, set aside annually by the Government. We are working to facilitate that process by equipping them with the necessary technical skills to handle the very technical Government procurement process. We look forward to you joining the businesses that have already started. You can start by registering on www.agpo.go.ke 

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300 Billion and so far, only 90,000 businesses are registered under the AGPO programme. This does not reflect the number of young Kenyans who are doing business out there. Top cause of the discrepancy is lack of information and awareness. 

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Awareness is the biggest programme. We hope to bridge this gap and create more awareness and we hope that we will share success stories from those who have benefited from this training and the procurement process in general. 

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This project should go a long way in capacity building for entrepreneurs in order to be competitive in working with government.

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Agreed. The opportunities are there but the know-how is what is lacking. We can try and bridge the gap as much as we can and in the process assist the youth to tap into these opportunities more. 

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It has always been a big challenge for the youth to bid for and win government tenders and contracts. With less professional experience and even less capital/resources as compared to companies run by the older generation, the youth in Kenya are always at a disadvantaged position from the onset. This initiative will improve the odds not just under the AGPO programme but also for the youth in provisioning services to the their government. 

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Definately something worth looking forward to, training the youth for a better future!

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Crucial is that the training is very specific to market that has already set aside a significant portion of its procurement for this group. However, it cannot just dish out money just because people qualify as youth. Training ensures that the Government meets its obligations in getting value for money and the youth get paid for their services. It is a mutually beneficial partnership, and for that to happen, our youth must not only be seen to up for the job but must be equipped to do it. 

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Great initiative! 

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Thank you Waithera. Much appreciated. 

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I love the idea of training people on how the Kenyan procurement bureaucracy works. I would seek to have this portal to be all inclusive in terms of reach. For example we have thousands of well educated that have either been laid off or are seeking to start business. This would be the perfect opportunity for them.  All the Best!

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Hi Nick. Thank you.  What we are proposing at this stage is a targeted at the prescribed age groups and our intention is that once they leave this age group, they will have all the skills, knowledge and experience to win tenders amongst other established firms not catered for under the 30% preference scheme. We can definitely work on increasing reach. Part of that comprises working with suitable partners to extend the reach beyond what this funding might avail, a comprehensive media campaign and very targeted social media campaign. 

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I am loving this iniciative and hope it goes through,wishing you guys the best 

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We hope so too. Create opportunities for young people and they will create opportunities for others. They are key to the development of  a nation. Thank you Caroline. 

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All the best, It's a fantastic idea. 

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Thank you Duncan. Much appreciated.

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This is a great initiative, however this term youth needs to be clearly define. say 18 to 39. once you hit 40 I don't think you qualify as youth.

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Thank you Maureen. The Constitution of Kenya already defines as persons between the ages of 18 and 35. Those applying for AGPO certificates are required to submit copies of their IDs. Once someone no longer qualifies as youth, they no longer qualify under this preference scheme. Additionally, the bank accounts that Government institutions transfer money too must be have the same youth as signatories. 

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This is a fantastic idea. And especially due to the lack of information that is leading to such low uptake of these funds despite their very friendly terms.

I believe this is the kind of education that we need to disseminate to people.

And the medium you have chosen is very apt due to the potential to reach a wide audience.

Are you rolling out in phases? If so, how is the rollout planned?

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The uptake is quite low considering the number of businesses owned by these preference groups. Through AGPO, we already have a database of over 90,000 businesses. They will naturally be the first group to go through the capacity building. But subsequently, all new businesses that register either on this learning portal or AGPO will be advised to go through this learning space to familiarize themselves with the Procurement processes which vary industry to industry. The learning will be at individual level except in the community section where people seek out more information or very specific ones that we might have missed. 

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I like am all for youth and female empowerment. All the best if you need anything from me hit me up. 

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Thank you Joe. Will keep you posted. But even if we do, this is an important link that we have noticed with the current AGPO setup and the National Treasury acknowledges the capacity building shortcomings. It is something that must be rectified now or later. We'' definitely need your expertise down the road. Thanks again.

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This is awesome!!!! Keep at it... All the best.

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Thank you Martin. 

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Well in ��������

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Thank you Debbie. 

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Thank you. It was intentional. Thank you for advice. Best Regards.