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It Experts Decry Low Usage Of Technology In Low Developed Countries

Information and Technology experts have decried low usage of Information Communication and Technology in advancing development programmes by government and private sector in low developing countries.

Meeting at the 11thInformation, Communication for Development conference(ICT4D) in Munyonyo they said most government and private sector organizations have not embraced IT usage despite of the demand to scale up their services.

“We are stretching to fulfill our promise to build capacity of local laadership. L ets ensure that technology helps us to hear a respond to those whose voices are not being heard to empower local affected communities,”Catholic Relief Services (CRS)Vice President Jennifer Poidatz said in her remarks.

Niek De Goeiji Country Representative CRS Uganda said technology used in humanitarian and development work is growing fastest in Asia and Africa according to survey they released.

Catholic relief services conducted the technology themed survey of NGO workers is the lead sponsor of the conference.

“It’s not enough that we have technological capacity at our fingertips. We have to get technology into the hands of local partners and program participants,” said.

Lauren Wooden CEO of Net Hope noted that most nonprofit organizations have  digitized their back office processes but have not necessarily gone digital however there is urgent need to empower people to experiment release and constantly enhance digital offerings.

The three days local conference is organized by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an annual gathering that brings together hundreds of people from across the humanitarian and development sector as well as the academia, tech and government sector.

This 11th edition has attracted over 1000 participants.

CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the catholic community in the United States of America. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries.

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