BOSCO Uganda was founded in 2007 to assist war-affected communities in Northern Uganda to enter globalized society in ways that preserve and advance their own culture, beginning with information and communication technology (ICT) access and training.
BOSCO has focused on providing innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions using a collaborative and Internet approach to foster socio-economic development and peace building in rural communities in Northern Uganda.
Our strategy has been based on ICT and computer education for rural communities, with a particular focus on Web 2.0 applications and usage; ICT for sustainable rural development, livelihoods and income generation; and research and installation of innovative ICT technologies for rural areas. Increasingly, we have added a focus on providing solar power at scales beyond what is needed to support ICT, as well as entrepreneurial training to support innovative commercial application of not only ICT but also of other uses for electricity.
BOSCO envisions open and peaceful rural communities, ready to face the challenges and opportunities of the globalized world in the 21st century. Through creative use of renewable energy in the face of challenges of energy scarcity at the electrification frontier, we support growth of innovative, communal and socially responsible use of energy not only in energy-scarce, but perhaps also in energy wasteful communities.
Twenty years of conflict and displacement have isolated the people of Northern Uganda from the technological developments rapidly evolving in their own country and throughout the world. This isolation and lack of access to 21st century Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has prevented communities from accessing and learning about and with the internet and other electrified resources.
Instead, many communities have become reliant on traditional aid. However, today, with peace in Northern Uganda, BOSCO-Uganda believes that we can begin to turn dependency into self-advocacy through the use of innovative and collaborative ICT technologies and entrepreneurial uses of micro-scale electricity.
Initiated in 2006 under the umbrella of Gulu Archdiocese, BOSCO Uganda has been implementing a pilot ICT project in 6 IDP-camps in Gulu and Amuru district (including Choo Pe, Unyama, Lacor, Pagak, Pabbo and Jengari). After the successful implementation of Phase I, BOSCO Uganda is currently expanding its activities in Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Pader and Lira Districts.
BOSCO-Uganda uses innovative technology particularly adapted to rural regions. Its internet stations, situated in rural communities and former internally displaced persons camps, consist of low-power, solar powered PCs connected to a high-speed, long-range WiFi Internet connection. Each communication station is linked to other BOSCO sites via a free VoIP telephony network and through a high-speed internal network (INTRANET) content management page.
Moving beyond the provision of technical solutions, BOSCO will be concentrating on the development of both proven and emerging directions for ICT usage. These directions include computer education adapted to the realities of 21st Century global interconnectivity and a Web 2.0 collaborative approach to cooperation with health centres, e-agriculture, educational outreach, e-government, micro-solar electrification, entrepreneurial training, etc.