Charles Kabonero (left) and his colleagues had to flee to Uganda after their independent weekly Umuseso newspaper was banned in their native country. Now working in exile in Kampala, Charles and his colleagues started a new newspaper Newsline.
Panos London will work to help realise the potential of ICT to increase participation, democracy and accountability
ICT, such as mobile phones and the internet, can increase participation in decision-making, mobilise communities and help to improve governance and accountability. However, many poor and marginalised people have no access to these communications tools, and they do, there are issue of control and ownership of knowledge which prevent them being used to their full potential.
- We work with partners to demonstrate how development projects can become more effective through the use of mobile phones
- We develop methods for using social media and networking to address lack of participation in political and development processes
- We are building a network of technology experts, donors, civil society groups and development practicioners for sharing evidence, building knowledge and developing good practice.