DevelopNet Iganga - Uganda
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Overview and Mission Statement

DevelopNet Iganga’s main function is capacity building. We strive to build the technological, organizational, and informational capacity of community service organizations throughout Iganga District.

Our Mission Statement

In an effort to increase productivity through connectivity, DevelopNet Iganga makes informational services relevant and accessible to those who currently do not use, but could benefit from informational technologies.

The DevelopNet Iganga ICT Headquarters is home to over 250 groups working to advance the quality of life and livelihoods of men, women, and children in Central and Eastern Uganda.

Here, community leaders gather to pool knowledge and resources.

This information and collaboration center was built by the Iganga District NGO/CBO Forum to help community development workers maximize efforts, opportunities and resources to more efficiently carry out development work already on the ground.

Learn more about these members and their work in the Iganga community: 

DevelopNet chose to do work in this district because it is one of the most populated districts of this country. It is so situated that the people observe development activities form a distance, with little meaningful involvement.”

Professor P. J. Muzaale
Chairman, Public Service Commission

DevelopNet includes a public internet café and services local community and rural leaders with truly accessible information technologies and training.

Information becomes accessible by becoming relevant. The D’Net Café houses a community collective effort where local leaders receive the skills training to seek, share, and create knowledge relevant to their lives and livelihoods. Accessibility is accomplished by offering access to low-cost internet hand-in-hand with outreach and skills training programs.

DevelopNet Iganga is to act as a catalyst for rural development in Iganga District. By introducing accessible informational tools and services, DevelopNet Iganga paves the way for increased communication, cooperation, and capabilities for area social service providers, farmers, businesses, students, and government officials to excel at their work by working smarter.

Glossary of terms

Capacity Building – broadly defines third-party efforts aimed at improving the impact or functioning of local institutions. In this case, capacity building refers specifically to providing:

  • common space to coordinate events and share information
  • access to knowledge on opportunities, techniques, tools, best practices, policy and lessons learned
  • training on computers, informational literacy and the internet
  • specialized courses in stewardship and record keeping
  • educational support and exchange
  • connection to the training and fundraising opportunities available on the web
  • leadership training
  • services and programs with an agricultural focus

Community Service Organization (CSO) – A term used generally to describe community groups which provide some form of social service; includes traditional non-profit, non-government (NGO), faith-based and community-based organization.

Rural Development – bridging the digital divide brings community workers closer together, and closer to the information and resources they need to effectively enact change in their community.

ICT – Information Communication Technologies; refers to computers, programs, and the internet applications which increase ones ability to access, process, organize and share information.

Iganga District NGO/CBO Forum – the umbrella organization which represents the 250+ nongovernmental and community based organizations in Iganga District.

Community Service Organizations – a general term referring to all organizations providing social services, including but not limited to schools, hospitals, municipalities, nonprofits, community and religious based organizations.

Information and Technological Literacy – equipping the committed and the curious with the skills and tools they need to seek out, evaluate, interpret, process, and add to the world body of knowledge. Achieving literacy is dependant upon gaining a general working knowledge of computer writing, reading, and search skills.

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