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It is a well known fact that though expensive, technological advances play a vital role in development. Governments all over the world have come in to boost development by supporting the uptake of technology. This is done in various ways like funding crucial but expensive installations, capacity development and sometimes physically donating equipment.

In Uganda, the Uganda Communications Commission has come up with some strategies and one of them is through RCDF.
The Rural Communications development Fund (RCDF) was established in 2003 to provide for access of ICT services for the underserved areas where it would not make economic sense for commercial providers to invest there. It is administered at arms' length (hands off but guiding and overseeing implementation) by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

The projects implemented by RCDF include among others; Internet points of presence (POP) - 76, Internet cafes – 106, ICT training centres – 78, Public payphones – 4,099, District web portals – 78, Multi Purpose Community Tele-centres (MCT) – 13, Postal projects – 45, School ICT laboratories – 708, Health ICT facilities – 174, Voice network sites – 90, Content development projects – 106, Local governance projects 2, and Other unique projects – 31.
The direct impact realised out of the projects implemented includes; 100% voice coverage at the sub county level, 100% data coverage for every district town of Uganda, teaching of Computer Studies as a subject in at least 50% of government secondary schools and basic ICT equipment in all district government hospitals.
Between 2003 and 2009, the focus of RCDF projects was on ensuring access to ICT services for the underserved areas. Subsequently, the RCDF project focus shifted to ensuring usage of ICT services.

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