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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

RIC-NET Efforts recognized world wide

I was impressed when randomly searching for some thing about Kasese on the internet i landed on some news about some of our activities we are conducting. This was written about the E-Society project being run in Kasese District. To make matters interesting, the writter thought the project is being run in Rwanda. The rest of the details were fine. This clearly shows that someone who wrote about this does not know much about the E-Society which to me is interesting.

We have already contacted the editor of the platform to correct the article. Below is the link to the news platform.

Compiled By

Bwambale Edwin

Thursday, December 16, 2010

RIC-NET conducts e-society stakeholders

John B. Thawite

15 December 2010
KASESE district is finalising an internet-based, facility, the first of its kind in the Rwenzori region, that will enable the district administration and her stakeholders to electronically share information online.This will enable the district administration to store, retrieve and disseminate various documents among stakeholders in and outside the district, including central government and the donors.
The facility, known as the electronic society (e-society) centre, is housed in the District Information Office. It also comprises an electronic library (e-library) where the district will upload and retrieve its documents including procurement and job application information, development plans, budgets, various reports, minutes of council and departmental proceedings.The facility based and managed by the district, is funded by the Netherlands-based International Institute for Communication and Developments (IICD) through the Rwenzori Information Centres Network (RIC-NET).
The e-society and the e-library can be accessed via the district website,, which RIC-NET has also helped reactivate.

"The facility is so far the first of its kind in the Rwenzori region," the RIC-NET programme manager, John Silco Muruga, said at Hotel Margherita in Kasese Municipality on Friday.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Since mid November, members of RWECO and CEWIT have been setting up election monitoring data center in different areas of Uganda. This was PAC in eastern Uganda, ACORD in northern Uganda and CEFORD in west Nile.

My experience as a RICNET staff which is one of the organisations composing RWECO was in many ways; I learnt more on election activities relating to technology. It’s easy to manage data /information by storing it in a system than having it in hard copy. Its easer to duplicate hardcopies. I realise that the uchanguzi system is a designed data base that delivers information so first and clear from election monitors in different locations.

I also achieved more skills and ability on networking LANs from several data centres set up. This was real good work but hectic. Running network cables across buildings is not something simple. The trainings carried on every centre were equally important to me. I hope to acquire skills since we have to set up other data centres in the west region.

Exchange of ideas and views from members of these organizations on how their running and managing was a great deal. It’s changed my thinking capacity and understanding. I acquired knowledge instead.

Besides work, it was adventure. Being my first time to move to East and Northern Uganda. Everything was new and good. People there looked a bit different from those in the west. Their life style is totally different.

However, I found a challenge in communication, language barrier. Apart from English, there was no anymore way of changing information.

Otherwise, I thank RWECO and CEWIT for efforts and huge work they are doing in preparation for 2011 elections.

By; Evelyn M.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

letter of Apreciation from CAO kabarole


We at RICNET join the rest of the world in marking the world AIDS day by asking all responsible citizens to spread the message not the virus. with Kabarole having the highest prevalence rate- higher than the national figure, it is our collective responsibility as people of the Rwenzori region and Uganda as a whole to take caution and responsibility to avoid getting caught in this scourge.

A lot has been said and done on prevention of the virus but the decision remains with you as an individual whether to take the measures or not. we should always remember that what we do now will greatly affect our future. Let us all take responsibility and safe guard our future and the future of our country.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Darlene former VSO with RFPJ honoured

North Vancouver residents Darlene Gage and Jean Domingue are being honoured by CUSO-VSO for their work in Uganda from 2007 to 2009.

According to a written statement, they spent two years working with CUSO-VSO on two unique projects in Fort Portal.

Gage has been working in the non-profit sector for 25 years on various projects involved with peace, the environment and social justice work. In Uganda, she helped the Ruwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice develop conflict resolution and mediation strategies. The organization is a network organization in Uganda that's responsible for helping smaller organizations in the region build and get stronger.

Domingue, a carpenter and builder, was able to find a project in Uganda helping people learn construction skills. He worked with the Toro Botanical Gardens, where he helped local builders develop a packaging and processing facility that the gardens use to distribute medicinal herbs throughout the region.

CUSO-VSO has been training and sending volunteers to share their knowledge and expertise in education, HIV/AIDS, disability, health, secure livelihoods, and participation and governance for 50 years in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Volunteers have made lasting impacts on the international communities they've worked in as well as at home in Canada.

In 2011, CUSO-VSO will commemorate 50 years as the world's largest volunteer-sending agency focused on international development. An event will be held at the University of British Columbia Dec. 4 and 5 in honour of volunteers past, present and future.

For more information visit

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RIC-NET Staff Participates in Setting up Election Monitoring DATA Centers in TESO, Northern Uganda and West Nile regions

Mr. Bwambale Edwin, ICTO RIC-NET setting
up the LAN at PAC Uganda

RIC-NET under CEW-IT is participating in establishing a DATA Centers in the regions of TESO, Northern Uganda and West Nile at PAC Uganda in Soroti, ACCORD in Gulu and CEFORD in Arua respectively. The whole process is going on very well. So far the DATA Centers at PAC Uganda and ACCORD are complete and operation. Trainings have been held to ensure that the Centers are effectively utilized to satisfy the intended objectives. Next is the Journey to Arua, that’s on 24th November, 2010 to set up the Center in Arua at CEFORD.

The Chairperson of PAC Mr. Omwata Charles was introduced to the election platform of uchaguzi in PAC office in Soroti today.
This was during the setting up exercise of the TESO Regional Data centre under the CEW-IT project to which PAC belongs.

Mr. Murugahara John Silco, the Programs Manager
RIC-NET introduces the Chair Person of PAC Mr. Omwato
Charles to the Election Monitoring Platform.

The role of RIC-NET in the CEW-IT project is to provide ICT technical expertise to the activities of the project. For more Information about the activities of the project, you can visit the following sites;
  1. CEW-IT News Update Blog
  2. Rwenzori Peoples Voice Blog
  3. Uchaguzi Election Monitoring Platform

Compiled by

Mr. Bwambale Edwin

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Rweco members have started evaluating the two year EU/HIVOs funded project. The project was initiated way back in November 2008 and has lasted for two years. The aim of this project was to enhance the civic competence of the citizens to participate in the local government planning and feedback process and demand for accountability in order to influence service delivery.

During the evaluation, Rwenzori Information Centers Network presented their success stories as per result area as follows:

1. Building the capacity of the citizens to participate in local government planning and demand for accountability

· Documentation

Posters 4 Editions (500 copies each)

Newsletters 7 Editions (500 copies each)

Banners 9 different banners

Video Documentaries 2 Editions


Documentation of partner activities e.g. Kisangi primary school, Rwentaiki Primary school (IWDP) Public expenditure audit (GHFRD, KALI, IWDP)

· Information sourcing

Collection of Sub county development plans from 20 sub counties and 3 district plans

· Sharing information with the world and the community

NGO News Africa

New vision 3rd October 2010, Kanyampara water channel


· Radio talkshows:disscusing community projects in the sub development plans

2. Capacity Building of LG and CSOs to account to the community for better service delivery

} 8 trainings on ICT use with LG and CSOs

} 4 trainings on the IEC materials with CSOs

} 1 training CSO portal


} Physical equipments to the Local Government to kick start the E-Society Centre;

} Continuous Computer Literacy training to individual users from the District Local Government and the CSOs to the E-Society ICT Centre;

} Platforms development for Information sharing; - Kasese CSOs Portal - Kasese District Website - Kasese District E-Library - Kasese Community D- Group - Kasese District News Blog - CSOs News Blog -Kabarole District Website

Documentation for District Content.

Documented UNAID-HIV/AIDS survey statistics for Kasese district, Health department and computer was given to the district.

3. Participating CSOs have improved capacity to influence LG service delivery

· Have trained participating organizations to use ICT tools as platforms for Information sharing;

Letter of Appreciation and recognition;

Trained CPFs on how to document and take pictures;

Have Built a D-group & other platforms where CSOs and citizens have shared issues concerning services delivery e.g. Discussion on dividing Kasese District;

Helped participating CSO to identify and procure the ICT equipments; such as setting up the Local Area Network (LAN) for KALI

4. Improved dialogue between LG and CSOs

· Held round table meetings to discuss: what info, how it’s needed, in what form. This was to help LG, CSOs and citizens identify how dialogue can be realized.

· Concept of E-Society where LG, CSOs and Citizens have started using the platforms for sharing information.

· Joint assessment of I.C.T needs and tools to be used; referred to ICT Needs assessment report.

· Joint radio talk shows with LGs and CSOs

Monday, November 8, 2010

IEC Materials Multimedia Training kicks off

Participants sharing ideas with the trainer Mrs Rachael Kadama

A training on IEC materials development 2 kicked off on 8th November 2010 at Sports view hotel. The Training is involves trainees from E-Society Kasese under Rwenzori Information Centres Network (RIC-NET), Health child and Uganda Commodity Exchange (UCE). It is being facilitated by I-Network and IICD. The training basically focuses on enhancing skills in effective writing, photos and video shooting and production (editing). The training is running for seven days from monday to Saturday 13th November 2010. The objective of the training is to enhance information sharing among the civil society organizations and the relevant beneficiaries. I promise to keep you updated on all that is taking place at the training.

Posted by,

Bwambale Edwin
Trainee in the IEC Materials Development programme 2

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

RIC-NET Staff Participates in Tanzania's Nation Election Monitoring in Tanzania

Minutes after delegates arrived at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam

Two staff from RIC-NET were among a delegation of 13 people from Uganda who traveled to Tanzania on the 25th October 2010 to participate in the election monitoring process, to ensure a free and fair Election. The delegation took off from Entebbe international Airport at Mid-day to Mwanza by the Precision Air Airplane, then after some continued to Mwanza, others to Arusha then a final group to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. It was a safe journey all through though some members were
tired before the end of the day.

Seven presidential candidates will take part in the 31 October general elections in Tanzania, with incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete being the clear favourite. But the opposition may make important gains. Education, health and employment are some of the main issues dominating the election campaign as Tanzanians prepare for the 31 October election. President Kikwete and the CCM are expected to be rewarded by voters for the positive economic development in Tanzania during his first period.


The delegates are going to keep in Tanzania for 10 days until the end of the elections.

Article by

Bwambale Edwin

Reporting from Dar es Salaam

Friday, October 22, 2010

1.3 Billion Ugandan shillings from HIVOs and OXFAM NOVIB to boost RWECO electoral monitoring process. By Timothy & Godfrey

HIVOs and Oxfam NOVIB has committed 1.3 billion Ugandan shillings to boost the electoral monitoring process in the Rwenzori region, west Nile, Soroti, and Gulu. This was revealed by Mr. James Mwirima the coordinator of the project while closing two day training for election observers. Mr. James Mwirima said that he was delighted to have received funding to the tune of 1.3 Billion Uganda Shillings from the two development partners HIVOS and OXFAM NOVIB to facilitate monitoring of the electoral process in Uganda. The coordinator was very grateful to the timely contribution from the development partners and promised to put the money to good use.

In his brief communication Mr. James Mwirima re-emphasized the need for the neutrality of observers while monitoring elections. He warned them not to conflict with the law. He argued the observers to provide daily updates about elections to their respective focal persons or directly to the website which has been created by RIC-NET to enhance the information sharing about electoral process. To this, Rwenzori Information Centers Network (RICNET) will provide serialized phone numbers to all observers to facilitate the communication process. It was further revealed that RWECO secretariat was going to be revamped with two more staffs to help in the running affairs of the secretariat.

On its part, RWECO is handling the issue of accreditations of its observers with the electoral commission.

As part of the campaign to access electoral process information, regional data centers will be established in Fort portal for the western region, Gulu for the Northern region and Mbale for the Eastern region to relay regular update on elections.

The observers will be expected to attend rallies as part of the campaign to popularize the citizens Manifesto. To this they are required not only to attend all campaign rallies but even meetings at sub county level and facilitate debates between the aspiring candidates.

The coordinator ended with a strong warning to the observers to avoid reporting unverified claims for this will be of an embarrassment to the organisation. The observers, who were working with the electoral commission in any capacity, campaign agents, political assistants were told to resign immediately for they will not be tolerated as observers. With much emphasis on neutrality of election observers, Mr. James warned observers against wearing party colours, corruption and bribery noting that these compromise the integrity of the organisation