The Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) was established by a group of womens’ organisations in 2000 with the aim of promoting the use of ICTs by women and women organisations in Uganda so that opportunities presented by ICTs can be used to effectively address national and local issues of sustainable development, governance and service delivery.
For the ICT4Democracy initiative, WOUGNET has primarily focused on Northern Uganda where it empowers communities to monitor good governance and service delivery through the use ofradio stations, digital cameras, mobile phones, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and the crowd sourcing platform Ushahidi.
The project is being implemented under the gender and ICT policy advocacy program and emphasises the participation of women through their Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and women groups. They are trained and receive support to monitor service delivery and to fight corruption through exposure of service delivery failures in the districts of Apac, Kole, Oyam, Amuru and Gulu.
Through the initiative, WOUGNET anticipates to increase external pressure to the leaders by empowering local citizens to expose corruption within their districts through use of ICTs and the mass media platforms, thus causing a positive change in their districts’ governance and service delivery performance.