Uganda Government Launches Open Data Readiness Assessment Study

( 25th February 2015 ) By Ashnah Kalemera The government of Uganda has officially launched an Open Data Readiness Assessment (ODRA) study to review the country's state of play of Open Government Data (OGD). The announcement was made at a stakeholder meeting held at the Ministry of Finance Economic Planning and Development in Kampala on February 23, 2015. The launch was attended by representatives from civil ... Read more »

Advancing the Right to Information Amongst Ugandan Journalists

Media Training on AYG
( 24th February 2015 ) Uganda’s Access to Information Act (ATIA), 2005 is gaining traction as more journalists and citizens become aware of how they could utilise it to demand for information from public offices. Last November, journalists from 16 print and broadcast media houses were trained in using this law and the Ask Your Government (AYG) portal to address challenges related to accessing information ... Read more »

Reflections on Uganda’s Draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2014

( 9th February 2015 ) Towards the end of 2014, Uganda’s government through the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (MoICT) and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MOJCA) issued a draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill for public comment. The Bill seeks to protect the privacy of the individual and personal data by regulating the collection and processing ... Read more »

In Search of Local Knowledge on ICTS in Africa

( 20th January 2015 ) By reviewing and comparing literature on the role of ICTs in statebuilding and peacebuilding in Africa, with a particular focus on neighboring Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, this paper examines whether the claims of the transformative power of ICTs are backed by evidence and whether local knowledge – e.g., traditional mechanisms for conflict resolution – is taken into consideration by ICT-based ... Read more »

Citizens’ Use of ICTs in Social Accountability in Uganda’s Kasese District

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( 19th January 2015 ) By Ashnah Kalemera The eSociety Resource Centre Kasese is a community centre hosted by the Kasese district local government in Western Uganda. It acts as a one stop point for local government officials and community members to access various Information Communication and Technology (ICT) tools and services. The centre provides ICT training programmes, hosts an information library, runs an online discussion ... Read more »

Call for Partnerships: Technology/Innovation Institutions

( 15th December 2014 ) The Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is seeking partnerships with local tech communities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia to generate an empirical understanding in an [East] African context, of online safety and security technologies for ICT/internet users in the region. Each tech institution will work with CIPESA to bring together various ... Read more »

Building Africa’s Capacity on Internet Governance

Participants listening to a speaker at the African School of Internet Governance
( 10th December 2014 ) By Juliet N. Nanfuka The growth of the internet has seen numerous efforts to ensure its equitable and sustainable use. A key outcome is  the concept of Internet Governance (IG)  based on the principle that no single entity owns or controls the internet but rather a range of players who reflect the diversity of users globally participates in its governance. Over the ... Read more »

Documenting the Impact of Aid Cuts on the Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP)

The Kaladima Guru- Guru is one  of a  few main roads in the area. The broken culvert has rendered the road impassible 
for vehicles.
( 28th November 2014 ) By Lillian Nalwoga Between March and July 2014, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in partnership with the Northern Uganda Media Centre (NUMEC) launched a project to document service delivery failures as a result of donor aid cuts to the Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) in Northern Uganda. [caption id="attachment_2262" align="alignright" width="300"] Ojok Churchill, a ... Read more »

Uganda Gov’t Officials Trained in Using Right to Information Portal

AYG Blog
( 10th November 2014 ) By Ashnah Kalemera On November 7, officials from 40 Uganda Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) were trained in promoting citizens’ right to information, including through the use of the Ask Your Government portal. Launched on August 14, 2014, allows Ugandan citizens to directly send requests for information to information officers in Government MDAs. Responses to the requests are relayed directly ... Read more »