Appropriate ICT tools especially radio and the formation of advocacy forums have helped improve service delivery through effective monitoring, advocating for improved service delivery and mobilization of the local communities to demand accountability.
ToroDev has so far initiated 16 advocacy forums in the 7 districts of the Rwenzori Region. Most of the advocacy forums have been formed by the 120 rural monitors so far trained by ToroDev since August, 2012 in online advocacy, monitoring service delivery using online social media/ICT tools like Ushahidi platform for online documentation, visualization and mapping. The Advocacy Forums also use FM Radio Broadcasting as an ICT tool for “convergence or hub” since it is the most accessed media channel in the rural areas of the Rwenzori Region.
As Bufunjo people’ forum in Bufunjo sub county, Kyenjojo district, we worked hand in hand with the head teacher of Bufunjo Seed secondary school Mr. Byaruhanga Sylvester to advocate for improved infrastructure of Bufunjo Seed secondary school the only secondary school in the sub county. We were hosted twice on radio in October 2014 and in February 2015 to discuss, lobby and Inform Leaders about the poor Infrastructure that the school had and we are glad that the leaders at the district responded and this year in May 2015, One Hundred Million 100 was given to construct two class rooms”. Said Andrew Tumwesigye, the leader of the Forum
|Before the construction of the classrooms|
|After the construction of the classrooms|
“I was hosted on Better Fm with the members of Bufunjo People’ forum in October 2014 and we discussed about lack of class rooms and desks in the school, we appreciate the advocacy Forum for always informing the leaders about the poor status of the school which had no class rooms, no desks and I thank ToroDev for giving us airtime to inform leaders about the school status and we are happy that leaders started responding immediately after the radio talk show and in March 2015 we were given a grant of 100m to work on two class rooms,”.Said Mr. Byaruhanga Sylvester, the head teacher Bufunjo Seed Secondary School.