Information&ICT

Introduction

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a convergence of microelectronics, computing (hardware and software) systems and telecommunications to perform day to day activities.

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Background of ICT in Kasese District Local Government

ICT in Kasese District Local Government was introduced as early as 1998 when computer usage to course in Uganda. ICT usage has since then been a challenge to the community and public servants as computers seamed hard to use and expensive to acquire as well as maintain.

The E-society Resource Centre (ESRC) is the District ICT hub, a point for citizens to access, share and disseminate information on local governance and service delivery using ICTs. The E-Society concept was initiated in December 2006 by a Public Private Partnership (PPP) strategy. The consolidated member organizations Rwenzori Consortium for civic Competence (RWECO) and Rwenzori Information Centres Network (Ric-Net) signed a memorandum of understanding with Kasese District Local Government. In December 2009 Ric-Net then kick started by setting up of the District Information Desk which then became the ICT hub for Kasese with the purpose of ensuring a poverty free society using ICT.

The Centre was opened for full operation in December 2009 and later officially commissioned on 20th April 2011 by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government. The Centre collaboration with Ric-Net/RWECO ended in December 2013. The Centre was voluntarily joined by CIPESA in October 2011 which partnership and collaboration has stayed to date. The Centre which in now the District ICT section has a full time appointed staff the ICT Officer who also assists the DIO to run ICT related activities.

Objectives of the Centre

The Centre was set up to meet the following objectives;

  1. To bring the society of Kasese into a purview of electronic usage for poverty alleviation to improve their social, economic, health, cultural and educational status. The E-Society is to bridge the Digital Divide. This entirely relies upon internet accessibility and reliability at the Centre.
  2. To empower the society by obtaining good governance and advocacy through Knowledge empowerment. This is done by the E-Society answering the issue of inadequate access to timely and relevant information, a key aspect that limits citizen’s effective participation in the planning and monitoring processes in the district.

 Core values

Promoting Technology: we promote the use of ICT technologies in the community

Skilling the youth: we embark on offering practical skills to the community in Kasese District

Promoting good governance: we empower communities to engage government through various platforms and technologies to enable communities participate in service delivery monitoring and demanding social accountability.

Information sharing: we facilitate useful and relevant information access, sharing and dissemination through computer technologies

Innovativeness: we promote the use of the acquired skills to influence technological innovations and creativity

Wealth creation: we advocate for the use of the acquired skills, innovations to promote wealth creation for a poverty free society.

Services at the Centre

E-Society offers the following services

  1. We offer Computer Technical support to the entire District headquarters offices and the community especially the youth around.
  2. We offer internet services to Kasese District workers and the community around Kasese
  3. We offer computer skills training to District workers and the community around Kasese town
  4. We manage Kasese District website and other on line services like; Kasese Online news, Kasese online discussion group, Kasese CSOs Information portal, Kasese Electronic Library, Kasese official emails.

These can be accessed on the following links

www.kasese.go.ug

www.elibrary.kasese.go.ug

www.kasesenews.blogspot.com

www.dgroups.org/iicd/kasese

www.webmail.kasese.go.ug

We facilitate information sharing platforms using these website links

  1. We disseminate District information about government programs and service delivery like District strategic/Development plans, reports in both hard and soft copies
  2. We have a mini community library with government publications and community timely magazines and news letters

Centre target groups

  1. The youth in Kasese District
  2. Civil servants and political leaders of Kasese District.

iii.    All Community members around Kasese Municipality and around Kasese District

Equipment at the Centre

  1. We have 12 desktop computer and 1 Laptop
  2. We have 1 canon photocopier which is three in one (Photocopier, printer and scanner)
  3. We have a heavy duty backup generator
  4. We have a fully installed and functioning LAN/WLAN with internet connection
  5. We have a fully functional mini community Library

 Key Achievements of the Centre

  • Service delivery: E-Society has successfully offered the above mentioned services for the last 4 years at almost free cost. This was in order to build the capacity of the people of Kasese and skill them with ICT skills to enhance information access, sharing and dissemination and research.
  • The establishment of the ICT Sub Section at Kasese District Local Government. The Centre has since then become the ICT hub for Kasese District. This has answered all ICT related questions for the District Local Government. The Centre’s existence influenced the recruitment of the first ever ICT Officer at the District level in the country in 2013. The Centre has since then become the ICT Sub section under the ICT Officer. This has reduced the costs of expenditures on ICT/Computer services outsourcing. It has improved the efficiency of workers since the full time Officer is there to rectify any computer breakdowns and handle emergencies in the computer sector.

Contact the ICT Officer on

256776003248/705199116

icto@kasese.go.ug/smmumbere@gmail.com