The idea of InfoNET was coined at a local café in Nairobi in 2006. The concept was born from a frustration by John Kipchumbah, Philip Thigo and Job Aringo on the weakness of African civil society organizations and their engagement issues of poverty and other potentially transformative processes.
In addition, civil society as a space for popular participation was plagued by a high level of sectoral fragmentation, a disconnection from peoples’ struggles and their inability to meaningfully collaborate, structurally engage with government and inspire a new generation of activists and citizenry, to act on their own, in demanding social justice and improving their quality of life.
After a conversation with Prof. Edward Oyugi, the Executive Director of SODNET, the three would-be co-founders agreed to quit their positions in their respective organizations to develop InfoNET. Prof.
Edward invested SODNET’s and his own funds, together with the three co-founders to initiate InfoNET as a semi-autonomous program within SODNET, a non-governmental organization based in Kenya whose core mandate aligned with the perceived intentions of InfoNET.
InfoNET has since developed into a leading facility in the social application of technology and continues to reflect the three co-founders vision as a learning entity, embracing similar values of openness, transparency, often aligning with individuals and organizations that emphasize on improving the universal quality of life of individual citizens in all their diversities.See more