The mobile revolution has changed, and is continuing to shape, the way we do things either as individuals or institutions. The spread of mobile phones, communication systems, and the internet has had a big impact on job creation, business development, and transformation in several sectors such as agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and tourism. In Uganda’s agriculture sector, farmers are currently using the power of mobile to transact and receive extension services.
Digital transformation is underway in Uganda, the number of people accessing digital content and services is growing. This is having a profound impact on the country’s socio-economic development, with digital platforms beginning to provide access to life-enhancing services while improving productivity and efficiency across key sectors of the economy. Mobile technology is at the heart of this digital transformation.
To maximize the impact of mobile-enabled digital transformation in Uganda, the government, mobile industry and other stakeholders need to work together to enhance digital and financial inclusion, particularly among underserved populations. This report is instrumental in highlighting the power of mobile technology on development, its contribution to National Development Plan (NDP) aspirations and providing an excellent baseline to guide interventions for NDP III. Two broad areas of focus for efforts by government and other stakeholders were identified:
- Leverage new opportunities for mobile-enabled progress on NDP II priority areas; and
- Incorporating mobile into NDP III planning.