Posts Tagged ‘Uganda’

IDS Research Evaluates TRAC FM

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The ICT4Accountability project successfully transformed from a theoretical blog into a practical method – Called TRAC FM – that is now deployed in 4 african countries at over 36 radio stations in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia.

As the concept of TRAC FM is based on research conducted in 2009, we are happy that our work in the field remains relevant to academic debate. UK based IDS (Institute for Development Studies) is a leading global charity for international development research, teaching and communications. In 2012 IDS was asked by Hivos to conduct research into the effectiveness of T4TAIs. TRAC FM was picked as a case study and worked with IDS to share data and contacts.

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Interview on my work in PC TECH magazine

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment
PC tech interview with Wouter Dijkstra

PC tech interview with Wouter Dijkstra

PC TECH magazine is one of the first tech magazines in Africa and the only one in Uganda. I spoke with the editor in chief about the Trac FM platform I have been setting up in the past year. It gives a good impression of Trac FM. I am currently working on an evaluation report of the past year. Learn more about Trac FM on

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Aid, Accountability and ICT4D

December 1, 2010 2 comments
Corruption is one of the biggest evils in Africa. Fundamental issues concerning development of the continent lead back to the problems surrounding influential men trying to absorb as much resources as they can get their hands on while others die of malnutrition or easily prefentable disease. Uganda is one of the most fertile countries in the world, yet, people die of hunger. During the past 5 month stay in Uganda, I did research on the way citizens in Uganda are able to check up on their leaders and their ability to hold them accountable for the management of the country. Within this question I focussed on the way (new) media technologies could play a part in monitoring and creating awareness, transparency and consequent accountability.

Strengthen public debate with comprehensible statistics

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment

In Uganda, even at the peoples parliament of Ekimeeza, where intellectuals are supposed to be gathered, there is a substantial lack of numbers, statistics and measurable facts. People have not mastered advanced counting and have no logical perception of values and numbers. 2000 – 500 = a big problem for a lot of people. So how can they fully understand the bigger picture of the situation they are in? When they are presented with a series of numbers, for instance the amount of money coming in to the country through development aid or the amount of tax money spent on government housing, there are very few who can comprehend what is meant by 400 million dollars or 700.000 Euro. Read more…

ICT4Accountability selected for international blogging competition TH!NK3 , one of the blogs started by a former master student of the UvA, is officially selected to compete in the internationally renowned blogging competition’ TH!NK3’. This blogging competition, set up by the European Journalism Centre, will bring together some 100 bloggers, journalists, issue experts and students from the 27 EU member states, as well as neighborhood countries and beyond, to exchange ideas and debate sustainable development and global cooperation topics. Winners of the competition will be awarded with opportunities to travel and report from Asia and Africa. The big prize is a trip to the UN headquarters in New York in September 2010, at the time of the Millennium Development Goals summit. Read more…

Fieldwork in four remote districts of Uganda

Wouter Dijkstra (University of Amsterdam) &
Kinyiri Salim (Makerere University Business School)

This fieldwork will focus on information distribution through electronic media and how it can stimulate public service delivery in 4 different districts of Uganda. It will find out how and if citizens get service delivery related information about their district through electronic media and find out how and if they are able to contribute to this information flow. Because of the limited communication infrastructure in rural areas of Uganda we will focus on the local radio stations. Furthermore, we will try to find out how the mobile phone is used in the process of response. Read more…

Communication at the MUBS Student guild


Today I had a meeting with Peter Natukunda, vice president of the student guild of MUBS. Peter is responsible for the activities organized within the guild. After an introduction I could begin with my questions. It was very difficult to understand what he was saying, not only because of his accent but because of the grammar and sentence construction I am not yet fully familiar with.

He explained me how information is distributed within the Guild. When a piece of information needs to be mediated within the guild it runs through a hierarchical oral structure. The board of ‘ministers’ (around 30 students), all with a different function, like entertainment, premises etc. discuss in a general meeting what needs to be done. This is then forwarded to the Guild Representatives to the Council (GRC’s). These GRC’s on their turn tell the elected class leaders who in their turn must tell the rest of the students. All active members of the guild (the board, the GRC’s and the class leaders) receive an allowance. For class leaders this is 5000 Ush (€1.30) per meeting, GRC’s get 10.000 Ush. Read more…