African Highlands Initiative (AHI)
Submitted by gwl1 on Tue, 10/23/2007 - 13:53.
The African Highlands Initiative (AHI) is a consortium of Eastern African and international research organizations that work with local communities, local governments and development partners to improve livelihoods and reverse natural resource degradation in the intensively cultivated highlands of East and Central Africa. During the first phase of the project, three telecentres were set up in Kabale district of Uganda as central nodes in a rural information and communication system. Phase II will draw upon the pioneering work and capital built up during Phase I to pursue two major thrusts: help communities develop enterprises, mostly in the area of agriculture and natural resources management, through the application of information and communication technology (ICT); create and nurture linkages between organizations (nongovernmental, government) and policy entities by using and testing a variety of new and older technologies. The three new technologies will be Simputer, personal data assistants (PDAs) and mobile phones.