6 October 2017
Efficient Supply Chain for International Logistics
Funds received yesterday evening, last delivery of IT equipment took place today and consolidated shipment from UK to Uganda is scheduled for Monday.
Unless this shipment gets bumped off one of the flights on it’s way to Uganda, delivery into Uganda will be next Friday. That’s 8 days from payment to delivery more than 4,000 miles away – and that’s a record we’re out to improve on in the future.
The goods were sourced in Finland, UK and US, however the application is far more interesting – please read more below.
Enabling IT and Internet Access to Solar Powered Schools across Uganda
This is not just any shipment of IT equipment – this is the proof of concept for IT, educational software and internet access for schools in Uganda, some of which are using solar power only and currently haven’t any access to IT nor the internet.
The goal for this IT solution is to make an impact on children’s education; who will benefit from access to IT, the internet and educational software. The main constraints are financial, power and internet. The solution is a cost effective IT solution, IT equipment with very low power consumption and an internet caching solution pre-configured with educational software, ensuring internet pages load efficiently and fast.
Development of the IT solution was led by Samanga Solutions based in Uganda in partnership with International IT based in the UK.
This IT solution contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education and access to IT agreed between United Nations (UN) and the government of Uganda.
Uganda was one of the first countries to develop its 2015/16–2019/20 national development plan in line with the SDGs. The Government of Uganda estimates that 76 per cent of the SDGs targets are reflected in the plan and adapted to the national context. For more information on Uganda’s SDGs, please see here: UNDP – About Uganda and SDGs
Samanga Solutions and International IT are very excited about the opportunity to bring IT and internet capabilities to generations of students across Uganda in the years to come.