Accessing information to rural communities: case studies of selected telecentres in Uganda

  • Sarah Kaddu


There is increasing recognition that ";Information is Power"; and consequently, playing a vital role in development. The increasing use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has made possible new methods to deliver services through Telecentres. In view of this, access to information has the potential to contribute to poverty alleviation, create employment opportunities and, playing a central role in decision making. Community leaders seek information to resolve and manage conflicts; information on market demands and availability of commodities drive community business activities; and quite often, quick communication of information is essential among family members on the state of health of relatives. Community access to information and communication facilities is, therefore, a basic need. This paper defines Telecentres, reviews Information Communication Technologies, and gives an overview of selected Telecentres in Uganda and their users. It concludes with discussing challenges and possible solutions.

(University of Dar es Salaam Library Journal: 2003 5(1): 13-23)

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