CHALLENGES MET IN USING ICT TOOLSTO IMPLEMENT PROJECTS IN RURALSETTINGSTHE BROSDI EXPERIENCE By Karamagi Ednah
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
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
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).
HOW WE HAVE BENEFITTED FROMUSAGE OF ICT TOOLS Enabled sharing Eased packaging Eased collection and capturing of information Eased storage of content
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)
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
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
…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?
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
…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