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National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIISP)


Government of Uganda designed the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme to facilitate the creation of an ICT Innovation ecosystem and marketplace for Ugandan innovative digital products

The growth of the ICT innovation ecosystem in Uganda has mainly been private sector led with minimal direct support from government. Unfortunately, this approach has not been very successful and it has created standalone and closed software applications that have not promoted innovation at a national level. The NIISP will tackle bottlenecks to creating a digital ecosystem by promoting the development and deployment of applications to create an open ecosystem in Uganda that shall enable the government, companies and individuals to innovate and reach new markets. The program shall:

  1. Encourage innovation by providing opportunities to create applications to support service delivery;
  2. Generate highly skilled jobs and wealth for individuals and companies that create applications for both government and the private sector; and
  3. Improve the use of government data for ICT innovation and application development.
The NIISP shall champion the creation of the ICT Innovation ecosystem to facilitate the growth and development of the software applications and innovations industry. The NIISP will focus on encouraging the creation of easy to consume and highly marketable digital products. The Specific Objectives for this programme are:
  • To provide systematic and sustainable support to national ICT innovators
  • To promote ICT products, services and solutions for improved service delivery as part of a wider digital ecosystem.
  • To establish and operationalize ICT innovation parks.
  • To promote local electronics manufacturing and assembly.

How it Works

Supporting Locally developed ICT solutions to address Ugandan needs

Support to ICT Innovators

Provide direct support to innovators to design, develop and implement solutions that address Ugandan needs. A call is published for applications for support annually

Promote Local Manufacturing

Establish a conducive environment to facilitate local electronics manufacturing and assembly

Establish ICT Parks

Create favourable working spaces and eliminate obstacles to ease ICT product development

Promote ICT Products

Boost adoption of locally developed ICT products, services and solutions for improved service delivery