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Belgium gives sh1.83b for Real-time information and monitoring in Uganda

The Government of Belgium and the United Nations have signed an agreement in which Belgium will provide 470 249 Euros (sh1.83b) to fund a 12-month project on Real-time information and monitoring to support quality of public service delivery in Uganda.

The agreement was signed in Kampala today at the Belgian embassy by Ambassador Hugo Verbist on behalf of Belgium and UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda Rosa Malango on behalf of the United Nations.

‘Belgium is one of the pioneers for investing in digitalisation as a driver for development. Thanks to Belgium’s commitment, European Ministers of Development Cooperation have recently decided to mainstream digital solutions and technologies in EU Development Policy’, said H.E. Hugo Verbist, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium during the signing ceremony.

‘I pledge our continued commitment to engage with development partners, the private sector, academia and governments to build data innovation for development in Africa,’ said Ms. Malango on behalf of the United Nations.

The project is a collaboration between the Belgian Development Cooperation and UN Global Pulse Lab Kampala, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Sports, to harness big data analytics for quality public service delivery in Uganda.

The project will design applications to support service delivery in the two focus areas of the Belgian Development Cooperation in Uganda: secondary technical and professional education; and primary healthcare.
These applications will use Big Data, real-time analytics and visualization techniques to inform and monitor in real time, public service delivery in Uganda. The applications will also focus on the geographical areas where Belgian Development Cooperation, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and Sports are implementing programmes to strengthen quality of public service delivery and it will also support programme implementation with real-time monitoring and insights.

Six pilot applications which will be developed under this project will use Big Data, real-time analytics and visualization techniques to inform and monitor in real-time public service delivery in Uganda.
For the health sector Pulse Lab Kampala will harness innovative data analysis such as GPS tracking, radio mining to allow for the real-time monitoring of the performance of ambulances, of health sector finance and of the quality of health service delivery.

To strengthen quality education Pulse Lab Kampala will design a tool that allows real-time monitoring of education finance and support the analysis of public discussions and emerging issues around Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) and teacher training in Uganda. In addition, Pulse Lab Kampala will develop a skill gaps intelligence application which brings together data from various stakeholders and partners to tackle the issue of a skills mismatch.

Pulse Lab Kampala is the third Lab in the UN Global Pulse network The Lab opened its doors in 2015 as an inter-agency initiative of the United Nations under the UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda. The first of its kind in East Africa, the Lab supports the United Nations System in Uganda and the Government of Uganda by bringing together partners from academia and the private sector to collaboratively develop new approaches for Big Data Analytics and Data Innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Agencies in Uganda