Harnessing Adequate ICT Investment for the Enjoyment of Digital Rights in Uganda

Despite the growing importance of digital rights in today’s interconnected world, Uganda faces significant challenges in bridging the digital divide and ensuring the protection of these rights. With only 2.05 million social media users representing a mere 4.3% of the population and limited internet penetration at 24.6%, it is evident that Uganda lags behind in ICT investment compared to neighbouring countries.

Uganda’s low budget allocation of USD 33 million to the ICT sector in 2022/23 compared to Kenya’s (USD 132 million) and Rwanda’s (USD 38 million) further highlights the urgent need to prioritize investment. This raises concerns about the hindrance to the enjoyment of digital rights by Ugandan citizens and the potential impact on good governance and human rights. 

To address these issues, stakeholders, policymakers, and government officials must come together to increase awareness, advocate for increased budget allocation, identify investment opportunities, and foster collaboration. By leveraging the transformative power of ICT, Uganda can empower its citizens, bridge the digital divide, and promote and protect digital rights for a more inclusive and progressive society.

Unwanted Witness is determined to address these concerns head-on by organizing a thought-provoking webinar titled “Investment in ICT as an Engine for the Enjoyment of Digital Rights in Uganda.” The webinar aims to shed light on the benefits and opportunities that adequate investment in ICT presents for the enhancement and protection of digital rights in Uganda. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with experts and stakeholders to explore strategies for bridging the digital divide and ensuring the enjoyment of digital rights by all Ugandan citizens. 

The webinar is scheduled to happen on 13th June 2023 at 2:00 PM EAT, during the budget reading week. It will feature renowned experts, human rights advocates, policymakers, and government officials who will share their insights and experiences. The panel is comprised of:

  1. Dorothy Mukasa is the Executive Director of Unwanted Witness Uganda, a prominent organization dedicated to promoting digital rights and online freedoms in Uganda. With her passion for digital rights advocacy and extensive experience in the field, Dorothy has played a pivotal role in shaping policies and advocating for the protection of citizens’ rights in the digital realm in Uganda and beyond.
  2. Michael Ocero: He serves as Ag. Commissioner for E-Services at the Ministry of ICT & NG handling policy development issues in the ICT services spectrum. Involved in policy formulation to handle issues of cyber security and development of the ICT services ecosystem. He previously served as a Principal Network Administrator and ICT lecturer at Technical College. 
  3. Grace Githaiga: The Convener of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) and an esteemed researcher and advocate for internet governance and digital rights in Africa. Her expertise in shaping policies and promoting an open, inclusive, and rights-based digital ecosystem will greatly contribute to our discussion.
  4. Dr Martin Mubangizi: A data scientist and the acting head of the UN Global Pulse Lab Kampala. With his expertise in data analysis and his work with the United Nations, Dr Mubangizi brings a unique perspective on how ICT investments can drive socio-economic development and enhance digital rights in Uganda.
  5. Lucrezia Biteete: With over 10 years of experience, Lucrezia has founded successful ventures like Laboremus and Refactory, and currently works with GIZ Uganda and D4D Hub, an initiative by the European Commission and African Union. Her deep knowledge of the industry and commitment to inclusive digital transformation makes her a valuable addition to our panel.

From exploring the barriers to internet penetration to discussing the role of civil society organizations, this webinar will shed light on the path towards a more inclusive and rights-based digital ecosystem. We invite you to be part of this event. By registering for the webinar, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights, engage in meaningful discussions, and contribute to the ongoing efforts towards digital inclusion in Uganda. 

Click the registration link below to secure your spot 👇🏾

Link: https://bit.ly/ICTBudgetWebinar