In April of this year, BOSCO Inc. board of director and technical advisor Tom Marentette visited the BOSCO Uganda team in Gulu to discuss several Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives, some of which related to the recent South Sudan refugee crisis.
The goal was an evaluation of the expansion of the BOSCO communications network into the “West Nile” region of northwestern Uganda. Visits were made to several communities in Arua and Adjumani, Uganda and fruitful conversations were had with several technology organizations, radio stations and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR).
In addition to looking at “vertical assets”, such as radio and communications’ towers to expand the BOSCO network, a highlight of our meetings was a conversation with a community based technology organization; CTEN (Community Technology Empowerment Network). BOSCO and Austrian NGO Horizon3000, meeting in Arua, Uganda.
CTEN is a group of South Sudanese refugees living in Rhino Camp, that has a similar mission to BOSCO, in using technologies and trainings to improve livelihoods. An output of the meetings was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which has been signed between BOSCO and CTEN to work together on community focused technology solutions. BOSCO looks forward to future programs with new and existing partners in response to the South Sudanese refugee situation.