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Digital Skills and the Use of Digital Platforms in the Informal Sector: A Case Study Among Jua Kali Artisans in Nairobi in Kenya
(Research and Scientific Innovation Society, 2024) Momanyi, Christopher; Riechi, Andrew Rasugu; Khatete, Ibrahim
Context: For many businesses, one of the key indicators in their management is the adaptation of Information Technology in their operations. In Kenya, there has been a phenomenal growth in access to mobile phones, by June 2023, over 66 million mobile phones were connected to various telecommunication operators of which 58.3% were smart phones constituting 67.1% of internet connections. There are many digital technologies which can be adapted to facilitate the processing, dissemination, and access of information. The modern world has become competitive due to the uptake of Information Technology as one of the main business management skill, with the availability of smart phones and many applications that are easily available and easy to use. One of the main beneficiaries of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) is the Jua Kali artisans who are a key player in the Kenyan economy. Entrepreneurial competencies help the growth of businesses along the dimension of innovation. Kenya intends to entrench the use of Information Technology for public service delivery, business, skills, and innovation. The Jua Kali sector cannot be ignored, it contributes more than 80% of the total employment in Kenya. Approach: This research was carried out in the Eastlands of Nairobi, Kenya. Data were collected using a questionnaire, an interview and observation schedule. The study used an interview schedule to collect data from Jua Kali artisans carrying out their artisan businesses in the Eastlands of Nairobi and a questionnaire survey to collect data from a sample of identified Nairobi residents who had engaged an artisan to work for them six months prior to the research. Findings: The research established that most Jua Kali artisans acquired their skills in the Jua Kali sector by apprenticeship (86.3%) while a small percentage (12.7%) trained in Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions while a further one percent were trained by their former employers. Most of the artisans had attained the basic formal education qualifications i.e. primary education (27.9%) and secondary education (47.6%). The Chi-square (χ²) test was used to test the relationship between use of the basic social media digital platforms in business management and the formal education attained by artisans owning artisan businesses. Conclusion: At 0.05 level of significance (α) the research established that there is a significant relationship between the adaptation of digital platforms in business management and the formal education attained by the artisans.
Annual HR Summit Report
(Strathmore Business School, 2023) Ndunge, Angela
The COVID-19 Global pandemic forced organizations to “Unfreeze” and “re-freeze” in new ways including remote and hybrid working, increased focus on employee wellness, more digitization, and the need to address rising employee expectations. The fourth industrial revolution on its part has rendered certain jobs redundant while at the same time occasioning the need for different skill sets. The two-day Summit highlighted key areas that HR professionals could benefit from even in the rapidly growing and changing environment. Several matters were raised by the panelists including and not limited to the evolving HR Frontier, self-care among HR professionals, data analytics for HR, Resilience and leveraging on the use of technology. The profession was regarded highly within the discussions and the need for the professionals to rise above their roles and adopt a strategic viewing of the business was encouraged. The use of technology for data analytics was one of the key highlights was that every HR professional was encouraged to adopt to make meaningful data and strategic decisions in the rapidly growing and changing environment
LLM 8204 - Criminology & complex investigations
(Strathmore University, 2023) Strathmore, University