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BROSDI Presentation

  1. 1. CHALLENGES MET IN USING ICT TOOLSTO IMPLEMENT PROJECTS IN RURALSETTINGSTHE BROSDI EXPERIENCE By Karamagi Ednah
  2. 2. COURSE OF DIRECTION A brief about BROSDI Define some key terms  What is ICT?  What do we understand by “Rural Development”? Go directly to “the challenges we have faced while using ICT tools to implement our projects” Share some lessons learnt
  3. 3. ABOUT VISION:Rural communities engaged in productive knowledge sharing andmanagement using ICT as an enabler MissionTo empower the civil society through knowledge sharing using ICT as amedium to improve their livelihoods. Programs  Health (YoHAAP)  Education (HCC)  Agriculture (CELAC) Foundation  ICT usage  Adoption of Open Development Approach  Rural involvement  Knowledge sharing and management
  4. 4. DEFINITION OF KEY TERMS What is meant by “ICT”Technology used to Communicate Information to aparticular target group. Rural DevelopmentIn general denotes economic development andcommunity development actions and initiatives takento improve the standard of living in the rural areas. (SOURCE: Wikipedia).
  5. 5. HOW WE HAVE BENEFITTED FROMUSAGE OF ICT TOOLS Enabled sharing Eased packaging Eased collection and capturing of information Eased storage of content
  6. 6. HOW WE SHAREINFORMATION/KNOWLEDGE Mobile telephone  Telephone calls  One to one  Chats  Conferencing  SMS  Google SMS  Weekly SMS Radio  Radio programs  Audio CDs Computer  Web 2.0 applications  Development of print media  Information websites (celac.or.ug, FarmAfriPedia)
  7. 7. HOW WE SHARE INFORMATION/KNOWLEDGE CONTD Forums  Village meeting  Monthly forums  Annual knowledge fair Other methods  Notice boards  Village loud speakers  Music dance and drama
  8. 8. CHALLENGES WE HAVE FACED … Choice of “appropriate” tool  How do you choose the right tool? “Appropriate” to who? e.g. the radio programs  Preventing the tool from becoming a “white elephant” e.g. the laptops  Spares available? e.g. Audio Recorders from Netherlands  Incase of theft, can they be traced? e.g. Google SMS mobile phones  The issue of repair? E.g. the CELAC Apac laptop
  9. 9. …CHALLENGES WE HAVE FACED CONTD Implementing using ICT  Care and Maintenance e.g. Audio recorders vs Kafuluma  Usage of the tool  Who does the training? Farmers or you and me?  How is it done? Is it customized for a rural settings?  Refresher courses? How many more for them to understand?  The issue of electricity?? Does the battery last? Load shedding? Can solar work?
  10. 10. SOME OF THE LESSONS LEARNT Involve a the farmers, at least the farmers leaders in choosing of the tool Do not impose onto the farmers a tool. Instead incorporate some of their methods into the project Train and re-train and re-train and re-train till they are familiar with the tool Be patient with them
  11. 11. …SOME OF THE LESSONS LEARNT CONTD Include these in the training kit  Care and maintenance options and procedure  Repair option and procedure As much as possible, make it a peer-to-peer discovery, learning and sharing Try to avoid formal settings when introducing the tool. Give preference to working from one of their homes Avoid the “plug & play” approach
  12. 12. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME END

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