RICNET @ a Glance

Who We Are

Established in 2005, Rwenzori Information Centres Network (RIC-NET) is a duly registered an NGO (S. 5914/11258), independent, non-partisan,
working with grassroots communities to overcome poverty, social exclusion, violence against children (VAC /SGBV), conflicts and human
rights violations; and providing a platform for collective reflection, action and voice in Rwenzori region-Uganda. The network consists of 15
Information centres/e-society centres from Kasese, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa Districts.  The
organisation is an active member and partner to several national NGOs Networks such as: RWECO, CEW-IT, DENIVA, Uganda National NGO Forum
(UNNGOF), Agro-profocus, U-report and Plantwise Uganda.

VISION
Informed and active citizens in a prosperous, just and democratic society

MISSION
Facilitate Information sharing, partnerships and unlocking potentials for inclusive sustainable development.

OBJECTIVES
1.      To converge various information and knowledge sharing models, unlocking people’s potentials to empower, engage, amplify their voice
for good governance, better service delivery and eradicate poverty.
2.      To advance the dignity and protection of the vulnerable, socially excluded people, minorities and children; preventing conflicts,
violence and seeking justice, restoration for survivors.
3.      To enhance appropriation of ICT and media to mobilise, empower and support the creation of new culturally responsive learning platforms
and environment for wealth creation and civic engagement.
4.      To support communities and NGOs at grassroots, Districts and regional level with information to build resilience, engage public
officials and institutions to respect civil liberties and be accountable for provision of quality and timely social and judicial services.
5.      To promote human rights, peaceful coexistence and other alternatives to secure the right to better and sustainable livelihood.
6.      To sensitize citizens on dangers of climate change and promote climate-resilient pathways: adaptation, mitigation and sustainable
development projects.
7.      To build information based society through action research and advocacy.

What We Do

Our programmes and projects contribute to Sustainable Development
Goals: 1: End Poverty in all its forms everywhere; 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of environment;16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive
institutions at all levels.

THEMATIC AREAS

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND YOUTH (CEY): unlocking potential: supporting education of conflict affected girls, orphans and vulnerable  children
(OVC), and tailor-made vocational training and apprenticeship; preventive health: Better Nutrition, Access to water, Sanitation & Waste management, immunization, prevention of transmission of HIV & Malaria; Child protection: Better parenting and prevention of Violence against children and adolescents (VAC);  Economic empowerment :VSLA geared at improving households’ income; Knowledge sharing: Farmers clinic and agro info-skills sharing.

SOCIAL INCLUSION AND RIGHTS (SIR): voicing the Silence: amplify voices of the socially excluded persons and the sexual minorities to assert,
demand and realize their human rights. Community sensitization: create awareness of the plight and peculiarities of minorities so that the
wide community can defend their rights and dignity. Empowerment: Build socially excluded and minorities’ capacity to generate wealth and reduce their poverty-exacerbated vulnerability.

TECHNOLOGY FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT (TAD): Customized software:  designing and deployment of different platforms that allows
citizens to engage with their leaders without putting themselves at risk; design public platforms to enable information documentation and
sharing, and amplify citizens’ voice on human rights, good governance, accountability and service delivery. CSOs Capacity building: Training CSOs and civil servants to use ICT for platforms and social media appropriately.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION (CAM): sensitize citizens on dangers of climate change and climate-resilient pathways: adaptation,
mitigation and sustainable development projects.

ACTION RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY (ARA): Building an information society by facilitating access to reliable, timely and relevant information and
skills in the field of agriculture, education, health, human rights and governance. Advocate for the use of information for poverty eradication at individual and community levels.