ICT to improve delivery in 17 districts and the judiciary

17 Aug 2006

UNDP Rwanda has donated computer equipment to the Ministry of Infrastructure and to the Supreme Court to assist the two government institutions to improve delivery through the promotion of ICT.
The programme supporting the Ministry of Infrastructure and the urban districts aims to assist the Ministry and the district beneficiating from the project. “These equipment will assist the district in their planning and data analysis”, said the Minister of Infrastructure, Stanislas Kamanzi, an externality is the effect of a transaction between two parties on a third party who is not involved in the carrying out of that transaction.

“The computers and accessories handed over today are just part of the overall programme which is worth US$ 346,500”, said John O. Kakonge, UNDP Rwanda Officer-in-Charge. The equipment donated are worth US$ 40,461 while the rest of the budget is used for the development of a National Urban Planning Policy and the organization of workshops including other training opportunities. The equipment include 17 desktop computers, 17 UPS, 17 printers, 16 flash disks, 1 digital sender and 1 digital camera.

“The decentralization policy advocated by the Government of Rwanda opens new horizons of hope for the socio-economic development of our country”, said Honourable Stanislas KAMANZI, the Rwandan Minister for Infrastructure. “We reiterate our thanks to everyone who contributes to technical, financial and human resource capacity building of various government institutions”, he added.

In all 17 districts received each a computer and its accessories, a printer and a flash disk while a laptop, a digital sender and a digital camera were given to the Ministry of Infrastructure. The equipment will be used by the districts units dealing with land, city planning, habitat and infrastructure and will facilitate these units in data collection and treatment as well as in communicating with different partners.
The same day, UNDP handed over computer equipment and accessories as well generators to the Supreme Court. The function was presided over John O. Kakonge, UNDP Rwanda Officer- in- Charge and Ms Anne Gahongayire, Secretary General at the Supreme Court. "The support we are receiving today will be extremely useful as it will contribute greatly to the delivery of justice", said Ms Gahongayire, commending UNDP Rwanda for its continued support to the Justice sector. She invited the UNDP Officer-in- Charge to visit the work of the Supreme Court in the field, an invitation that Mr. Kakonge warmly welcomed.

“We envisage more capacity building and computerization for the rural courts to facilitate access of justice to the poor “, said John Kakonge, adding that the computerization of the judicial system is crucial and an important component of the government’s ICT policy.
The donated equipment include 15 computers and accessories including printers and UPS, and 2 generators is worth 24 Million Rwandan francs.

This year, UNDP has earmarked about US$ 800,000 for support in the whole of the Justice Sector and for the Supreme Court alone UNDP has provided US$ 150. Activities undertaken by the project include the training of judges, the rehabilitation of rural courts, capacity building and the computerization of the judicial system.