Uganda Communications Commission has developed a new digital monitoring and evaluation framework with an objective of monitoring the progress the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) 3rd policy operations guidelines implementation.
The RCDF 3rd policy guidelines focuses on three main areas including coverage of broadband connectivity in hard to reach areas where commercial interventions are not possible, content mediation to ensure that the content provided is developmental and adds value to the people in the area of research and advocacy.
According to Ibrahim Bbosa, the Head of Public and International Relations at UCC, the platform will be used to monitor, track and evaluate the implementation based on the above guidelines.
“We developed the digital platform so that we can be able to monitor the progress of the project that are advancing access to network coverage in areas that are unserved, underserved and hard to reach,” he said.
Ibrahim in a phone call interview said that the commission has been partnering with the private sector service provider operators to set up infrastructure in areas where the commercial operators do not find it commercially viable to put up such enabling infrastructure.
“The RCDF program also focuses on research and advocacy. We want to sensitize the people in the hard to reach areas on digitalization for development, but also to do research on how some of the digital challenges can be addressed. We are positive that this new platform will help the commission on ensuring that all these objectives are reached within the set timeline,” he said.
RCDF is a Universal Service Fund (USF) to communications in Uganda. It was established in 2003 and it is administered at arms’ length by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).