Global Fund frustrates Uganda’s plans to strengthen health information infrastructures

On 20 March 2017, the Uganda country coordinating mechanism (CCM) submitted a funding request to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria containing three components: TB/HIV, malaria and RSSH (resilient and sustainable systems for health). The CCM also submitted a proposed program split for its 2017-2019 allocation. According the Global Fund Observer, however, […]

Why do IT projects fail?

“Most ICT4D projects fail as they aren’t based on a real demand or need from Africans themselves, rather they are driven by outside (EU/US) organisations.” Alex Little summarising Tim Unwin at e-learning Africa in Lusaka, 28 May 2010

“Don’t rely on donors for ICT”

A senior Mozambican minister has said Africa will lag behind in the development of science and technology if the continent continues to rely on donors as major funders of the sector. Mr Venancio Simao Massingue, Mozambican minister for Science and Technology, said Africa can support development of ICTs out of its own resources as long […]

Tanzania focuses on Public Sector ICT Management

The University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre (UCC) yesterday launched a two-year project on capacity building on the effective use and management of information and communication technology in the public sector. The Sh500 million (US$ 370,000) project will see at least 240 workers in the public sector receive ICT training. Office of the President […]

The meaning of Ownership

Ranil Dissanayake at Aid Thoughts has a very useful piece on the aid industry’s (and its recipients’) problems with the spirit and letter of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. “Working in development among donors or in Government, Ownership is a ubiquitous phrase. It’s a major theme, or at least mentioned, in almost every […]

Rwanda trains its own developers for e-Health Programme

The Rwandan Ministry of Health, has  unveiled its first batch of software programmers who will be in charge of developing and implementing the Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS). OpenMRS is  a community-developed, open-source, enterprise electronic medical record system platform which is being implemented in Rwanda to nationally track patient-level medical information, connecting over 500 health […]

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