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Uganda: ICT Ministry Seeks Shs70bn for Parish Development Model

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                                We need to purchase devices, particularly computers, to give to parish leaders and train them and other government leaders on how to collect information.
                            
                            
                                                
                            
                                                            KAMPALA, Uganda, January 17, 2022/APO Group/ --
                                                        
                            The Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and National Orientation is seeking Shs70.6 billion to implement the Parish Development Model (PDM).





The cabinet approved the implementation of PDM as the delivery strategy for households transitioning out of the subsistence economy from July 1, 2021.



The ICT Ministry was entrusted with the responsibility of spearheading Pillar 5 (Community Data) of the PDM which involves the creation of the Parish Development Management Information System (PDMIS) to, among others, validate beneficiary information, assess means people's livelihood and standard of living and track progress and performance across the different pillars to report in real time on program implementation.



While presenting the ICT sectoral budget framework document for 2022/23 to the ICT Committee, ICT Minister Hon Chris Baryomunsi justified the need for 70.6 billion shs and said that it would go a long way in building a robust monitoring and evaluation to measure the success of the program.



“As we begin the Parish Development Model, we have to collect data and information.  We need to buy devices, in particular computers, to give to parish heads and train them and other government leaders on how to collect information and send it to the central database for monitoring,” said Baryomunsi.



He said that several government projects have failed due to a weak monitoring and evaluation system that makes it difficult to measure the impact of the intervention and determine its success.



“We are developing a digital dashboard that will be at the central level where, at a glance, you can check across the many parishes what has been done and where there are challenges.  So if these parish leaders can feed this information, then we can monitor at the central level,” he said, adding that some of the money will be used to communicate and educate Ugandans about the change in mindset.
Uganda: ICT Ministry Seeks Shs70bn for Parish Development Model

We need to purchase devices, particularly computers, to give to parish leaders and train them and other government leaders on how to collect information.

KAMPALA, Uganda, January 17, 2022/APO Group/ —

The Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and National Orientation is seeking Shs70.6 billion to implement the Parish Development Model (PDM).

The cabinet approved the implementation of PDM as the delivery strategy for households transitioning out of the subsistence economy from July 1, 2021.

The ICT Ministry was entrusted with the responsibility of spearheading Pillar 5 (Community Data) of the PDM which involves the creation of the Parish Development Management Information System (PDMIS) to, among others, validate beneficiary information, assess means people’s livelihood and standard of living and track progress and performance across the different pillars to report in real time on program implementation.

While presenting the ICT sectoral budget framework document for 2022/23 to the ICT Committee, ICT Minister Hon Chris Baryomunsi justified the need for 70.6 billion shs and said that it would go a long way in building a robust monitoring and evaluation to measure the success of the program.

“As we begin the Parish Development Model, we have to collect data and information. We need to buy devices, in particular computers, to give to parish heads and train them and other government leaders on how to collect information and send it to the central database for monitoring,” said Baryomunsi.

He said that several government projects have failed due to a weak monitoring and evaluation system that makes it difficult to measure the impact of the intervention and determine its success.

“We are developing a digital dashboard that will be at the central level where, at a glance, you can check across the many parishes what has been done and where there are challenges. So if these parish leaders can feed this information, then we can monitor at the central level,” he said, adding that some of the money will be used to communicate and educate Ugandans about the change in mindset.

“We need citizens to have a patriotic sense of responsibility, but also more importantly, to have that mindset that makes them aware that they have to work hard,” he said.

Hon Muhammed Nsereko (Indep., Kampala Central Division) was skeptical about the success of the PDM if the funding gap is not addressed. The Shs 70.6 billion for PDM remains among the unfunded priorities.

“How is the Ministry going to do data analysis when there is such a funding gap in data collection and even in purchasing laptops? Isn’t this lip service? The success of this program must be supported by data,” said Nsereko.

Hon Barnabas Tinkasiimire (NRM, Buyaga West County) urged the ICT Ministry to race against time and move faster in creating information systems to capture data and information, considering that the program is scheduled to be fully operational in March of this year.

The digital transformation program for the Ministry of ICT and other industry bodies has a funding gap of Shh 231.3bn with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), which requires Shh 51.1bn to upgrade the seal, while Vision Group it requires 2.9 billion shs to renew the vanished vernacular. documents according to the presidential directive and the Ministry of ICT seeks an additional 12.1 billion shs for communication and change of mentality.

The Minister of State for National Guidance, Hon. Godfrey Kabbyanga Baluku, pleaded with the ICT Committee chaired by Eng. Moses Magogo to consider the sector’s budget shortfalls and make funds available for the sector if the Ministry is to fully implement its ICT program. digital transformation.

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