OBJECTIVE

This project seeks to design and develop websites for grass-roots civil society organizations. Additionally, the CSOs are trained to effectively use these platforms and also attain digital security skills and knowledge.

BACKGROUND

The evolving tech landscape has highlighted the relevance of internet connectivity and platforms like websites and social media pages in accessing relevant information. Connectivity is more important than ever and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the world’s reliance on internet platforms to access critical information, services and opportunities has never been greater. Despite the recent expansion in the usage of ICT in Uganda, a large section of persons with disabilities faces digital exclusion due to the lack of access to information online arising from inadequate requisite ICT tools and equipment and PWD websites at the grassroots. For the most marginalized groups like refugees with disabilities, their digital inclusion represents more than ever a gateway to efficient access to vital online services, and access to information.

A vibrant civil society is very critical to the promotion of civil rights and fundamental liberties. Indeed, Eastern Uganda has got several grassroots civil society and community-based organizations striving to foster inclusiveness, and civil and social rights among women, youths, older persons, faith-based groups, and the wider community. These actors interfere with community social challenges on a daily basis, document, monitor, and defend the rights of PWDs in society. However, the important work of grass-root organizations is not visible to the wider public, mainly because they are not exposed to the technology that is relevant for amplifying their work and community voices. As a result, they have remained isolated with limited support and exposure.

The ‘Amplified’ project seeks to promote inclusiveness, civil and social rights, and fundamental liberties among women, persons with disabilities, youths, older persons, faith-based groups, and the wider community in Eastern Uganda.

Project Details


Time Frame: 2022 - Present

Department: Digital Inclusion and Innovation.

BENEFITS

1. ICT Tools such as Internet routers, one computer set (desktop), and internet data.
2. A website that comes with;
a. Annually paid domain name
b. Annually paid hosting plan
c. Yearly Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate
3. Social media accounts set up on; Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram.
4. Capacity building to equip the staff of the beneficiaries with skills and knowledge on how to use the websites and ICT tools to carry out digital advocacy.
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