The Government of Uganda is outlining a vision for how information and communications technology (ICT) can underpin the nation’s development at a conference in Kampala.
The Ministry of ICT & National Guidance is one of the partners behind the ICT4D conference that was founded by Catholic Relief Services. The aim of the conference is to advance the use of ICT in the delivery and evaluation of development schemes.
This year’s ICT4D conference will over three days discuss how digital innovations can tackle a range of development challenges, ranging from health and unemployment through to financial inclusion and sustainable agriculture. A panel of donors including GIZ and the UK’s DFID will discuss the role of digital technologies in effective development, including for monitoring and evaluation, and the importance of systems for providing secondary and unstructured data for deeper insights.
The Government of Uganda’s involvement comes after it took steps to harmonise and foster coordination between fragmented social protection schemes through the development of a united database.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Bagiire Vincent Waiswa, commenting ahead of the conference, which starts today in Kampala, said: “Our development agenda is hinged on how well we adopt and utilise ICT across Government. We have consciously and deliberately invested in ICT infrastructure and IT systems to maximise the dividends that come with technology adoption.”
Richard Chirchir, Senior Management Information Specialist at Development Pathways, is one of the industry experts due to speak on Uganda’s digital development. He will outline the critical role of information management for effective decision-making and operational efficiency on Thursday. Development Pathways provides systems for social protection schemes, including health-focused schemes in western Kenya. Richard Chirchir believes that every MIS must be built so it is responsive to the needs of citizens.
This year’s conference is co-organised by partners NetHope, Norwegian Refugee Council, Chemonics, DAI Global, ICRISAT, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, NUDIPU, Plan International, SOS Children’s Villages, UNCDF, and World Vision.