Gulu, Uganda - Enhance Human Rights and Development through ICT in Acholi Region
Sector: Human Rights - Civil society
DAC-Code: P-16-227 BOSCO II
Partner organisation: BOSCO Uganda
Budget: 173.569,70 EUR
Financed by: 70% ADA, 30% DKA Austria
Project desk officer: Ottacher Friedbert
Regional Director: Sabine Mantsch
Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach-Uganda (BOSCO-Uganda) is a not-for profit NGO established by the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu under the Social Communication Department. It is also licensed by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to carry out activities in Information, Commination and Technology for Development (ICT4D). BOSCO Uganda supports communication and free access to information through ICT in order to strengthen socio-economic development and peace building in Northern Uganda. Since 2007, BOSCO-Uganda has established more than 30 ICT sites in schools, institutions and in the communities of Gulu, Amuru, Pader and Nwoya Districts with funding from ADA and DKA Austria through HORIZONT3000.
To contribute to increased access to ICT, socio-economic development and respect of human rights in Northern Uganda. Specifically, the project aims to end the digital divides and enhance human dignity and holistic development through Information Communication Technology.
The project targets the rural population in the districts of Nwoya, Gulu, Amuru, and Oyam who have been resettled from IDP camps. Among this population, the project mainly targets youth in school, school drop – outs, former abductees and child mothers residing in remote villages where there is no internet accessibility. The project aims at benefiting a total of 5232 people.
BOSCO Uganda aims at creating a community based approach for Information Technology for Development (ICT4D); creating not only fully functional and internet connected centres but also conducting in each of them Information Technology (IT)-Courses for the communities, training of management personnel for the centres, social-economic development for communities around the centres and Human Rights awareness activities.
BOSCO Uganda intends to scale up Wi-Fi connectivity from the national marine fibre cable so as to increase access to a wider, sustainable and cheaper bandwidth that can be afforded by the users. The project will establish 5 points of internet presence in Acholi sub-region and equip trainer of trainers (TOT) in building of local content as well as writing and posting topical issues of human rights, gender, culture, sporting and recreation. Beneficiaries will be able to engage in social activities which will promote human dignity and self-reliance.
- Targeted communities have increased usage of computer and internet facilities for communication
- ICT trainers have obtained knowledge and improved their skills to maintain and train on use of new digital technologies
- Beneficiaries engage in social activities aimed at bringing human dignity and self-reliance