Building a More Inclusive and Accessible Internet.

By Hildah Nyakwaka-iHub |

Technology has woven itself into every aspect of our lives over the past few weeks. People have been required to work online, attend school lessons online, shop for essential goods and most importantly, build social communities online. Building communities requires people to have at the most basic, access to relevant ICT. We have seen a surge in the implementation of policies to cushion the general public from some costs, such as reduced M-Pesa, introduction of data bandwidth subsidies for university students  and providing a wider internet coverage among others.

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A summary of the partner’s activities between June 2012 and March 2013

The network is composed of 7 partner organisations in Kenya (2), Tanzania (1) and Uganda (4) and this is a brief of their activities over the 10 month period.
CHRAGG – Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance
CHRAGG deployed an SMS system for human rights and good governance monitoring. The main challenge faced in setting up the system for affordable public use, was with regard to obtaining a toll-free SMS code number from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority.
Nonetheless, while that negotiation was going on, they went ahead to train the staff of CHRAGG on using ICT in improving service delivery, by easing the means of submitting citizen complaints.

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ICT4Democracy East AFrica Workshop in Dar es Salaam

The ICT4Democracy East Africa Network is currently holding a two day workshop in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. This workshop aims to promote the Network’s activities where the partners will be presenting on the progress of their work.

The event was officially opened by Eng. Dr. Zaipuna Yonah, the Director of ICT, Ministry of Science and Technology in Tanzania. While addressing SPIDER(The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions) and SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), Dr. Zaipunah thanked the government of Sweden for supporting the development of ICTs in the developing world and indicated that the work of the ICT4Democracy in East Africa is already impacting lives of citizens living in the region.

Dr. Zaipuna also  highlighted the work the Tanzanian government was doing in developing ICT infrastructure within the country and urged the members of the network to continue sharing the progress of their work. He completed his address saying that “Accountability should not only be in what we read and write, democracy is more about translating the intentions into realities”

To view the complete gallery of the ongoing workshop  visit this link.

The presentations from the workshop will be uploaded later on this site.