The Government of Uganda has been urged to ensure that all refugee camps are connected with internet to enable refugees to embrace e-commerce and other social services.
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Civil Society asks Uganda Govt to extend internet to Refugee Camps

The Government of Uganda has been urged to ensure that all refugee camps are connected with internet to enable refugees to embrace e-commerce and other social services.

According to Tim Timbiti, Program Manager, USAID/GBI with NetHope an Organization operating in Bidi-Bidi Refuge Settlement Camp in West Nile,  once the camps are connected, it will Improve access to humanitarian services since ICT plays a big role in closing information gaps.

“It ’s all about connectivity. Connecting NGOs that serve the refugee communities and the refugees will close the information gap,” said Timbiti.

Refugee settlements have sprawled across the grasslands of northwestern Uganda. Bidi-Bidi area, close to the border with South Sudan, is home to one of the largest refugee populations in the world.

It has over 224,000 South Sudanese who have fled conflicts in their country.

NetHope has been crucial at building an information superhighway in this part of rural Uganda, with funding from USAID.

As a nonprofit consortium, NetHope is working to assist its member NGOs supporting the refugees in northern Uganda.

“After all, we don’t want refugees to be left behind. This can only be achieved when the Government extend Internet connectivity to such places,” added Timbiti.

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO