Friday, November 26, 2010
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;
Mr. Bwambale Edwin
Thursday, November 18, 2010
RIC-NET STAFF JOINS KALI,IWDP & GHFRD (RWECO MEMBERS ) TO EVALUATE A TWO YEAR EU/HIVOs FUNDED PROJECT
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
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 http://www.ngonewsafrica.org/?p=718
New vision 3rd October 2010, Kanyampara water channel http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/18/733904
· 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; http://www.monitor.co.ug/Business/Technology/-/688612/816942/-/tv6sdf/-/index.html
} Continuous Computer Literacy training to individual users from the District Local Government and the CSOs to the E-Society ICT Centre; http://kasese.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-csos-portal-training
} Platforms development for Information sharing;
http://www.kasesecso.org/ - Kasese CSOs Portal
http://www.kasese.go.ug/ - Kasese District Website
http://kaseseelibrary.org - Kasese District E-Library
http://dgroups.org/iicd/kasese - Kasese Community D- Group
http://kasesenews.blogspot.com/ - Kasese District News Blog
http://rwecovoice.blogspot.com/ - CSOs News Blog
http://www.kabaroledistrict.go.ug/ -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; http://dgroups.org/ViewDiscussion.aspx?c=06190e42-e0f5-4576-9b4d-18637aa0016b&i=6e4890c5-2d65-4a01-aff2-db3d89d15b55
— 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
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
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.
Trainee in the IEC Materials Development programme 2