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ALIN Uganda

ALIN started operations in Uganda in 2009 with ICT centres targeting the rural population in Northern Uganda.The project focused on enabling access to information, creating and sharing knowledge and rural community empowerment. The pilot project in Northern Uganda saw the establishment of three Maarifa centers in Gulu (Koro and Awach) and Moyo (1), thus, laying a foundation for a larger program (Internet Now!) in the region. The project aimed at providing ICT to foster social and economic development in a region that is recovering from conflict.

Internet Now!


A project to create 100 Maarifa centres in Northern Uganda



In 2012, ALIN partnered with Oxfam Novib, Samasource and Inveneo to implement Internet Now! , project to avail online work opportunities for communities in northern Uganda. Internet Now! project aimed at connecting villages with the internet and training youths on ICTs from offices modelled on shipping containers accommodating 5-6 computer workstations.

These centres were meant to provide Micro-work and provide hubs for exchange of agriculture and market information. Microwork is a type of business process outsourcing breaking large cloud-based tasks down into several parts. ALIN’s role was community mobilization, deployment of infrastructure such as modular container offices, Internet masts and equipping of the centres to enable connectivity and learning. The infrastructure was later handed over to a social enterprise for sustainability as per Internet Now! project objectives.

The micro-centers are small metal containers housing 5-6 computers. Local young people aged between 18 to 30 years, an age group severely affected by unemployment in the war-ravaged region, are employed to do “microwork” at the centers. Microwork is a type of business process outsourcing breaking large cloud-based tasks down into several parts.