By Solomon Akugizibwe, Sheila Amanya & Racheal Kogere
Abstract of the Report
ToroDev has been highly involved in mentoring and supporting the initiation and strengthening the newly formed advocacy forums to champion the demanding of improved service delivery and democratic engagement through the use of ICT4D tools in the Rwenzori Region districts. So far, seven (7) new youth and women rural advocacy forums in the Rwenzori region districts of Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Ntoroko and Kyegegwa have been formed by the concerned local communities at both the sub county and district levels and they include;
- Ntoroko Citizens Concern in Ntoroko District
- Committed Citizens for Better Services (Hakibaale Sub County),
- Kisomoro Youth Twerwaneho Group (Kisomoro Sub County)
- Mugusu United for Better Services Forum (Mugusu Sub County)
- Kicwamba Forum for Development and Service Delivery Advocacy Group in Kabarole District,
- Kyenjojo Development Network in Kyenjojo district
- Atura Nagyayo in Kyegegwa District.
Most of the advocacy forums have been formed by the 90 rural monitors so far trained by ToroDev since August, 2012 in online advocacy, monitoring service delivery using online social media/ICT tools like Ushahidi platform for online documentation, visualization and mapping. The Advocacy Forums also use FM Radio Broadcasting as an ICT tool for “convergence or hub”. The advocacy forums are community’s own initiated initiatives meant to sustainably monitor and advocate for improved service delivery, and demand accountability from their local leaders. ToroDev has been mentoring and building the capacity of the advocacy forum members in service delivery monitoring, public information access and sharing, public accountability broadcasting, lobbying and advocacy, participation in budgetary and planning processes, online advocacy, etc. Strengthening and mentoring the advocacy forums and supporting their initiation are on-going activities and ToroDev expects to support the initiation of more youth and women advocacy forums in all the seven districts of Rwenzori Region, so that improved service delivery can be realized. ToroDev expects the advocacy forums to act as a bridge between the rural grass root communities and the local leadership using the available ICT tools like FM radios, mobile phone and online social media tools like Ushahidi for improved service delivery in the region.
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