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CEMCOD takes Social Media training to West Nile LG officials

Last week we took another Social Media training to West Nile with participants coming from the districts of Moyo, Koboko, Yumbe, Nebbi and Arua. The training, focusing on the effective use of social media for civic engagement and accountability saw a total of 20 local government officials gain skills and knowledge of Web 2.0 social media platforms and tools, with some participants making their first appearances on platforms such as twitter and facebook. “For a long time, I have been avoiding anyone who brings up conversations concerning twitter. I now realize it’s because I did not know so much and was bound to be left in darkness. This training adds a lot of value to my work.” Mr. Tabu Job from Moyo local government revealed during the training. Participants who included Chief Administrative officers, District information officers, District Planners and Community development Officers were taken through practical sessions like blogging, online collaborations, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and many more. Mr. Guma Victor, a participant from Moyo local government said while he had reservations as to whether he would turn up for the workshop when he received the invitation, the knowledge he acquired in three days was quiet enormous and very relevant to his work as a local government official. Mr. Guma is one of the participant who made attempts at starting their blogs during the training. CEMCOD conducts the Social Media trainings under the project: Promoting Good governance, Accountability and Civic engagement at the local government level through Media. The project is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Uganda office. This CEMCOD-KAS partnership that started early this year seeks to improve good governance, transparency and accountability in the management of public affairs, citizen engagement and service delivery. The three days’ workshop hosted in Arua from August 22 - 25, 2016, was concluded with a public dialogue, bringing together stakeholders from the media, civil society and other government entities. While giving his remarks at the dialogue, Mr. Andua Martin who represented the Arua Chief Administrative Officer urged participants to stop limiting social media to facebook alone. “It is high time local governments fully embraced Social Media for engaging with the communities we serve. In this way we shall get instant and important feedback that will inform the way we do things in an improved manner. The masses will also appreciate the services we offer.” He said. The West Nile region training was the third that we have conducted this year. Previous trainings have taken place in Busoga sub region (Jinja) and Ankole sub region (Mbarara) .


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