Sustainable Development of Infastructure and Health for Africa


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For, despite of many problems, Kenya offers an unimagined potential of motivated people, resources and development potentialities, which are to be activated and fostered purposefully. The principle of untargeted subsidies, which is still applied as development aid by many industrial nations, has evidentially not transferred Africa into an (of financial development aid) independent continent. On the contrary, there is a tremendous need for targeted programs to implement a competitive infrastructure, which allows Kenya and other African countries to succeed in the globalized economy.  
For this purpose, people with good educational background as well as the funding of regional specific markets and infrastructure – for instance in the field of agriculture, energy supply or row material trading – plus the generation of a trustfully basis for business activities are inevitable. Credibility and reliability are important components for economical success. Without reliance and legal certainty neither business deals nor international corporations have any chance to emerge. An equally essential factor is intercultural competence; without intercultural competence many projects are destined to fail. The precise consideration of regional and cultural conditions is a key success factor.

Based on those central themes, founding members from Germany, Kenya, Cameroon and Spain constituted the association Project Lighthouse Kenya in March 2010 and formed the basis for the realisation of the vision of Kenya as an country independent of donations and development aid. Thereby, the association benefits from knowledge and know-how of the founding members being experts in very different domains – be it business management, entrepreneurship, research and development, finance, project management, law, intercultural communication, education or project development.

Project Lighthouse Kenya and Project Lighthouse Africa as international headquarter, based in Germany aims to support Kenya and other African countries with their sustainable infrastructural development of the agricultural, energy, environment, education and trade sector and that way build a lighthouse project for whole Africa.

Already in February 2009, the first charitable ProLight Organisation called Project Lighthouse Gambia started its work in the western African Gambia. ProLightGambia (West Africa) and ProLightKenya (East Africa) will prospectively act as regional operating NGOs under the umbrella of the international headquarter Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. registered and based in Munich/Germany.




Gambia Workshop: ICT-based Local Information and Communication Systems for Sustaining Development

(Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer, Free University of Berlin, opens the BMBF Gambia Workshop with an introduction about the planned international research project.)

Serekunda/Gambia - BMBF Gambia Workshop about ICT for Development at YMCA conference room in Serrekunda. Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer (FU Berlin), Matthias Duchscherer (FU Berlin) and Dr. Yves J.M. Lamour (UTG) chaired the one day panel. High ranked representatives of West Coast Radio, Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, The Association of Non Governmental Organisations, University of the Gambia, Kanifing Municipal Council and ICT Experts discussed the role of ICT for development and the setting of an international research project. Further information: here


Initial steps discussion with School of Journalism at University of Nairobi as one of the official BMBF project partners

(From left: Associate Director Dr. Muiru Ngugi, Senior Lecturer Dr. Hezron Mogambi, FU Berlin project manager Matthias Duchscherer, Project Lighthouse Kenya Deputy Country Director Enrico Scharrenberg, Director of SoJ Dr. Wambui Kiai)

Nairobi - Research foci, initial steps, workshop preparations - the topics of the meeting with one of the official project partners, School of Journalism (SoJ) at University of Nairobi. Matthias Duchscherer and Enrico Scharrenberg discussed the initial steps of the BMBF research project with Dr. Wambui Kiai, Director of SoJ; the assoc. Director Dr. Ngugi and Senior Lecturer Dr. Mogambi.


Meeting at UNESCO Nairobi Office for BMBF research project

(Fruitful meeting at UNESCO Nairobi Office. From left: ProLightKenya Dep. Country Director Enrico Scharrenberg, UNESCO Advisor Jaco Du Toit, FU Berlin project manager Matthias Duchscherer)

Nairobi - In a first meeting at UNESCO Nairobi, Freie Universität Berlin project manager Matthias Duchscherer and Project Lighthouse Kenya Deputy Country Director Enrico Scharrenberg discussed collaboration options with Jaco Du Toit, Advisor for Communications and Information at the UNESCO Regional Office for East Africa. Topic of the fruitful meeting was the research project on ICT-based Local Information and Communication Systems for Sustaining Development.


Project kick off: ICT-based Local Information and Communication Systems for Sustaining Development

(The research project is sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research)

Berlin / Nairobi / Banjul - With the first research and contact visit in Nairobi, an international research project with FU Berlin, University of Nairobi, University of the Gambia and Project Lighthouse Africa kicked off on 7th November 2013. In the project funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education the research team is currently exploring the viability of an international comparative research project on the use of digital and mobile media in European and African countries. The research question focuses on the role of communication and media use in the context of infrastructure and development projects and includes researchers from Universities in Germany, The Gambia, Kenya and Sierra Leone as well as business partners and civic organizations. Project Lighthouse Kenya as regional partner is responsible for host support and the networking with local partners in Kenya and East Africa. Further information: here


New website of ProLightAfrica and setup of a PayPal donation account

(Better usability and functions: ProLightAfrica's website in a new and improved design)

München / Ilmenau - With a new and improved design Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. (PLA) has relaunched the website Six main categories are structuring the new website. "Organisation" is giving you information about the PLA’s goals, vision, board members and structure, current project descriptions, partners and a membership application. "News" is updating you with latest information about the organisation and the subsidiaries. A picture board in the subchapter "Work Report" shows the ongoing process and project developments. In "Testimonial" people are giving their recommendation. The chapter "Donate" gives detailed information how people can support our work. The implementation of a PayPal donation function complements the project linked donation option on crowd funding platform The "Press" chapter offers further information and contacts for the media. In the "Contact" chapter people can send a message directly to the board of PLA. The website also implements social web functions like twitter feeds, facebook based comment function and also video streams will be integrated. The new website was created through close collaboration and high engagement of Mr. René Rübner, student of applied media science at Institute of Media and Communication Science at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany.
PLA welcomes any kind of feedback respective usability, content and design of the new website.


Cooperation between ProLightAfrica e.V. and Green Desert e.V.

(Agreement about Green Desert support of ProLightGambia’s VTC in New Yundum / The Gambia.)

Hannover - In March 2011 Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. and Green Desert e.V. have agreed on a close cooperation fostering different projects in Gambia and Kenya. One of the first collaboration projects will be a workshop at ProLightGambia’s Vocational Training and Knowledge Centre in New Yundum / The Gambia. A Green Desert team will travel to Gambia in May 2011 for a first exploration and facility study at the VTC.

Green Desert e.V. is a charitable science and technology association based and registered in Hannover, Germany. The organisation is engaged in open source knowledge transfer and development of customised solutions for renewable energy production, water management, water treatment and sustainable farming. All concepts are realised with locally available materials and are planned for easy adaption by the local population. Green Desert benefits from different skills and knowledge of its members - students, Ph.D. candidates, scientists, engineers, project managers and master craftsmen in relevant disciplines.


Project Lighthouse Kenya officially registered as international NGO in Kenya

Nairobi - On 24th June 2010 Project Lighthouse Kenya has been registered and certified as international Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) at Kenyan NGO Co-ordination Board in Nairobi. Therewith the four month establishing process has been finished and ProLightKenya can start with its work in East Africa. The top officials are Matthias Duchscherer as Chair, Judie Makena Kaberia, Enrico Scharrenberg, Japhet Kirimi Rukaria and Doris Makena.


International headquater Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. officially registered in Munich/Germany

München - Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. was formated as international operating roof organisation in Germany in Dezember 2009. Since 18th February 2010 Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. is registered under the number VR 202798 at the Register of Associations of Munich. ProLightAfrica will join the different operating branches of Project Lighthouse as international headquater. Project Lighthouse Gambia and Project Lighthouse Kenya are currently working as regional NGOs in West and East Africa. For further information about ProLightAfrica klick the icon in the navigation bar.


German - East African Media Dialog in Nairobi

(The German ambassador in Kenia, Walter Lindner, started the Media Dialog in Nairobi)

Nairobi - Which role does the media in east Africa play at domestic crisis’ and how does clanship and ethnical influences affect coverage? What chances do net based social media offer for a stronger participative, civil-social dialog?

These were the central questions the German – East African media dialog, being accomplished by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations abroad (ifa) at the behest of Federal Foreign Office of Germany end of May 2009 in Nairobi, was focused on. Matthias Duchscherer supported the conference organization as academic consultant and gave a lecture during the two-day media dialog on the relevance of the internet and mobile communication at domestic crisis using the example of the Post Election Crisis in Kenya. More details on the congress are to be found here.


Lecture at University of Nairobi

Nairobi - Which impact had mobile communication and internet during post election crisis in Kenya? At University of Nairobi Matthias Duchscherer lectured about the relevance of social media in intrastate crises. In a lively discussion about 70 students, research assistants and professors dabated with the German scientist and media expert about the relevance and influence of internet and mobile communication during post election crisis in Kenya 2008. UoN's School of Journalism invited Matthias Duchscherer for the lecture in June 2009.