Recently, on a visit to Uganda for work, I was fortunate enough to visit Gulu, Uganda in the north. Gulu was the epicenter and widely affected by a long war in Northern Uganda, they are still very much in a phase of healing and recovery. The objectives of this portion of our trip revolved around … More visiting Gulu and BOSCO-Uganda
Well it’s been about six months since I joined the board of directors of BOSCO-USA, which is the organizing and fund raising arm of BOSCO-Uganda. BOSCO-Uganda is an NGO working in northern Uganda helping to deliver Information and Communications Technologies (ICT’s) to improve the livelihoods of those living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps after … More Helping with BOSCO-Uganda
The Villages In Action 2010 Conference was held today in a small, remote village outside of Masindi, Uganda. This was organized by Teddy Ruge of Project Diaspora, in response to various events in DC and NYC where smart, affluent individuals discussed the status of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in a comfortable setting, without the … More Villages In Action 2010 – live streaming
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting in Atlanta, here’s a brief summary of the highlights. Merit Networks BTOP funding – This year Merit Networks, the provider of statewide research and education networking in Michigan, received $69.6 million in BTOP stimulus funding for broadband development projects in the State of … More Internet2 Fall Member Meeting
Let’s get this on the table, I am not an international development professional. I’m an IT communications guy with a passion for social good. A year ago, I was just returning from Uganda, as part of an ICT consulting visit for a partner university. The experience, I’ve come to realize, has changed me tremendously, on … More ICT4D – from passion to practitioner?
Over the past few weeks I’ve been performing some testing on FrontlineSMS, a freely available software program, that can create a “communications hub” out of a laptop and a mobile phone (or broadband modem). I’m fortunate in my workplace to have access to various GSM phones and modems, and I’ll be making arrangements soon to … More FrontlineSMS testing and passion
Building capacity. Building capacity for ICT skills. Building capacity with Internet bandwidth. Building capacity for ICT services. This is the theme of working with UMU (Uganda Martyrs University) on their information and communications technology – building capacity. After the visit in Fall of 2009, an ICT assessment was drafted and submitted to the UMU … More Building Capacity for Ugandan Higher Education