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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.

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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