By Mwayafu M. David September 2012
Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) held its annual General Meeting on September 21, 2012 at Cardinal Nsubuga Leadership Training Nsambya in Kampala. According to Mr. Kaganga John, he appreciated the role that UCSD has played in the information generation, dissemination and sharing a great work well done. However, most of the members have not utilized the information. He encouraged members to ensure that there is a two way flow of the information from the secretariat to members and from members to the secretariat.
He also noted that, Most of the organizations in developing countries are the most vulnerable in terms of access to information and dissemination and that is why Mr. Kaganga John through Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA) is struggling to ensure that he establishes a computer centre for the computer literacy to farmers and the youth in the rural community.
He is fundraising for the project to build a community Resource centre and equip it with internet, radio and television where the community will access current information from their local area and around the World on Agriculture and food security, environmental awareness and sustainability, climate change adaptation, marketing and marketing skills, education, health and land rights. Within the radius of 50kilo meters of Kikandwa there is no Resource or internet Centre of any kind were the community access information
Most of the members have no access to computers and even those who have; access to internet is still a major limitation. “Dongles or modems are still very expensive” and for him he got a computer when he visited the United States of America. “KEA is growing like a bush fire in the Hamatan” When he met with some experts in the USA, they asked him “how do you people think you will come out of the information divide to be like the developed world?” Because we are in least developing countries or developing countries.
Unless almost 24 hours you are connected to the internet, whatever you do will not succeed in achieving it because you will be behind the news and development hence a challenge in achieving sustainable development.
While in Rio Brazil, during the Rio+ 20 Summit in June, whenever you could see a person without a computer you just know that one is from developing country or least Developing country. People in the developed countries are all connected by phones that are internet enabled and computers connected to internet and Mr. Kimbowa Richard – UCSD, Could confirm this.
According to Mr. Kaganga John, “If we want to develop our organizations all of us must be connected 24 hours” that is why for him who leaves in the country side of central Uganda he can wake up at 2:00am and check what new information and development is taking place in his area of interest.
He also thanked the Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development because it has built his capacity and when he joined the coalition, he did not know much. But through his persistence in asking Mr. Mwayafu M. David – National Coordinator Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development and Kimbowa Richard - Regional Coordinator East African Sustainability Watch Network to teach him how to use the computer he has managed to progress well. He also accounts that himself he has never gone to any institutions to learn computer use and applications. But because of his will power for the quest for knowledge and skills through innovations he has been able to use other colleagues who are computer literate to learn and also be ahead of the game. Although he is among the success stories there are many people in developing countries who are in dire need for the computer services and access to internet and computers.