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Kasese District starts an e-society Centre PDF Print E-mail
By John Silco in Kasese

ImageIn a public private partnership led by Kasese district three years ago, the Rwenzori Information Centres Network (RIC-NET) has set up a District Information Desk, that will be the ICT hub for Kasese E-society.

The e-society could be the solution to inadequate access to timely and relevant information, a key aspect that limits citizens' effective participation in the planning and monitoring processes of the district.

"This is the way to easy information sharing among district staff, Civil Societies, development partners and citizens,” said a member of Kasese Civil societies Organisations at the signing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) between Kasese District Local Government and RIC-NET last month.

Under the partnership, RIC-NET will provide 24 million worth equipment supporting, full Internet connectivity to the resource centre with the District Information Desk, comprising of twelve computers, a multipurpose photocopier and other tools.

The district will provide the physical space for the resource centre, furniture, and ensure equipment safety, optimal use and sustainability.

The E-society establishment entails training in the use of information sharing platforms such as d-groups; blogs, wikis and other web 2.0 tools.

It will enable the users to upload and share information available at their specific offices using the tools as well as   a mobile SMS technology platform enabling the citizens to express their opinion/ feedback on pertinent governance issues to the District leadership.

The training is targeted at district local government staff and some CSO staff working in the thematic areas of water, education, health, human rights and good governance.

 The project will run for two years, and was endorsed by, Willy Bataringaya the deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Kasese and John Murugahara Silco the director RIC-NET.

The move followed a series of partnership activities between Kasese district and RIC-NET, such as a round-table dialogue meeting in July, updating the district website (www.kasese.go.ug), and training some staff in web 2.0 tools as well as several weekly radio talk shows and thematic dialogue meetings http://rwecovoice.blogspot.com

The e-society is implemented with financial support from the European Union (EU) and HIVOS; and with technical support from IICD.

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