Call for papers on ICT4D transparency

The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) is calling for chapter proposals for its next annual anthology which will focus on  “Transparency through ICT – empowering people and communities”.  The intended target audience is both Swedish and development community partners, including civil society. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobiles as a means to fight corruption
  • E- governance – fighting corruption through systemic change
  • Expose – investigate – disseminate: looking at Wikileaks and similar services
  • ICT as a tool for increasing transparency of national and international aids flows
  • Transparency without users – the need to empower citizens and civil society

Proposal deadline is 15 March with chapters to be submitted by 15 May.

see  SPIDER – Call for Chapter Proposals for next issue of ICT4D Series

Uganda creates service providers register

The Ugandan Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority has launched a Register of Providers, an online platform that profiles service providers in a bid to streamline the public bidding process. All local and international companies wishing to do business with the Ugandan Government will be expected to have their profiles in the database. Companies are required to present registration certificates, staffing capacity and education levels plus physical and financial stands.

Launching the register at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel yesterday, finance minister Syda Bbumba said: “It is one great measure that will help the Government to guard against incompetent companies winning tenders.” Over 1,000 firms are expected to have registered by the end of next year. Companies will pay sh150,000 (US$80) every year to be registered.

via Conan Businge and David Mugabe at New Vision Online