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Title: African Highland Initiative/Acacia II: Improved Access to Information for Development (Research Component)

Date Published: February 2005
Author/s: Action Research Peer Learning Group
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Affiliation: Action Research Peer Learning Group
Faculty of Agriculture Makerere University


The AI-H-Acacia project seeks to find avenues through which communities in Kabale district can
be in a better position to contribute more effectively to their own development and enhance the
development process. An improved system and strategy in communication and information flow
is one of the avenues. Provision and availability of communication and links with information
sources will assist communities in operationaizing their plans related to enterprise development
and Natural Resource Management.
The hypothesis is that improved communication and information will step up use of available
technologies, decision making and hence improve the livelihoods of the communities. People
will be vigilant in looking for and using information provided they know what to get from where
when needed. Improving on the efficiency of information management through a "portal" where
various actors can readily deposit and access information, and providing a "clearing house" for
well-organized "best" practices and information, will enhance efficient search and use of
information. The challenge then becomes the 'what' and 'how' that could be done, hence the
research question and objectives below