Inside an African Community Network

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The fifth session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa took a deep dive inside the operations of an African community network (CN).

The session focused on two community networks: BOSCO Uganda located in Northern Uganda and PAMOJA Net in Eastern DRC. They showcased their respective and practical approach to connecting the unconnected. 

During the webinar, the two community networks presented a series of short videos to expose participants to their respective:

  • The governance structures,
  • The business models, and
  • The technical operations of these community networks.

This interactive session provided deep insights into the day to day operations of Bosco Uganda and PAMOJA Net.

About BOSCO Uganda

Battery Operated System for Community Outreach (BOSCO) Uganda is a not-for-profit organisation under the trusteeship of the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu founded in 2007. Its mission is to provide innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions using a collaborative and web-based approach to foster socioeconomic development and peace building in rural communities in northern Uganda. BOSCO supports 48 ICT and Development Centres with over 60,000 beneficiaries in the Northern and West Nile regions in Uganda. It was awarded the 2010 Breaking Borders Award in Technology from Google and Global Voices, and the Rural E-Services Award from the Uganda Communications Commission in 2012.BOSCO operates over 30 solar-powered ICT labs, and five larger microgrids, two of which at 30 kWp are sustainable economically with a slow payback of capital expense.

About PamojaNET

Pamoja, “together” in Swahilian, is an initiative of Ensemble which began in 2016 to install the island’s first WiFi network, Pamoja Net. Over 3,900 people have now benefitted from free access to Pamoja Net. Research carried out by Ensemble revealed that 98% of users felt that Pamoja Net had contributed to a positive change in their life from a new-found ability to connect with family and friends to conducting educational research, making job applications, checking weather reports before fishing on Lake Kivu and saving money.

Together, we can connect the world. One community at the time. 
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Moderator and community network representatives

Jean Louis Fendji

Senior Lecturer, University of Ngaoundere and Research Director, AfroLeadership

Dr. Eng. Jean Louis Fendji holds a PhD from the University of Bremen in Germany since 2015. His PhD work was focused on how to turn Community Telecentres into Community… Read more

Chako Armant

La Difference (PamojaNET Community Network)

Chako Armant currently works as a Project Manager within "La Difference DR Congo" where her responsibility amongst others includes ensuring the quality of projects in the organization. Chako not only… Read more

Alva-Ntyo Mihigo Herton

La Difference (PamojaNET Community Network)

Alva-Ntyo Mihigo Herton is an Engineer in Telecommunications Engineering and Management and specialist in wireless transmission. After university he worked as a network administrator and trainer in a cybercafé, in… Read more

Daniel Komakech

BOSCO Uganda

Daniel Komakech is one of Bosco-Uganda’s longest serving staff members having first joined in 2011 as an ICT Field Coordinator. Dan’s longevity at Bosco-Uganda is fueled by a passion for… Read more

Okot Solomon Nono

BOSCO Uganda

Solomon is an ICT professional and a Network Engineer, passionate about the development of Community Networks in Africa and the rest of the world. He Holds a degree in Information… Read more

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