Javie Ssozi – in a nutshell
Hi, my name is Javie Ssozi. I am a freelance digital media consultant – currently freelancing for Open Society Foundations’ Health Media Initiative. Formally the Technical Officer at Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). I hold a BSc in Computer Science from Makerere University. I am a blogger and trainer of citizen journalists in Uganda. I run a personal blog – “The African Timer” where I write about the link between Technology, Education and ‘Development’. The name of my personal blog (The African Timer) is derived from the belief that “Africans” don’t keep time and as such often Africa lags behind while other continents continue to lead.
I am a Winner of World Bank Institute’s Social Innovator Award – Class of 2010.
I am very enthusiastic about ICT4D. I have a big passion for technology, citizen journalism, social innovation, human rights and development. Through my work with Women of Uganda Network I worked closely with rural communities, trained women entrepreneurs, farmers, the youth, citizen journalist and women organisations on the role of ICTs in Development. Even though I have picked special interest in the “new technologies”, I constantly remind myself that developing countries like Uganda have not reached a stage where they can comfortable rely on use of New Technologies to communicate and/ access information. That is why I continue to promote the use and application of traditional ICT tools.
I am a member of World SPEED (Students Platform for Engineering Education Development). SPEED supports tomorrow’s leaders in improving their own training to answer the demands placed on graduating engineers. I won a Scholarship from World SPEED to participate in the 7th GSF and World Engineering Education Forum in Singapore (2010).
I am the Co-Founder and Project leader of Rural Farming for Development a project which aims at “Improving food access, income and general livelihood for rural farmers in Uganda” (http://ireportug.wordpress.com).
I train Civil Society Organisations on use of digital media for advocacy, documentation and as a tool for promoting human rights. Social media continues to attract new internet users from different age groups, there fore its important for Civil Society Organisations to integrate social media in the communication strategies to engage the communities. I know that Social Media is also very effective in advocacy.
- ICT4D Trainings for Students and Civil Society
- Use of Social Media for Advocacy/ Social good
- Digital Media Consultant
- Web Developer
Email: ssozi.javie [at] gmail.com
Skype name: ssozi.javie
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