Around a third of Uganda’s population have a computer and internet access. The mobile phone has now moved to the household level. “For us, this is very hot progress,” said Ruhunda.

Today, more than eight million Ugandans are using mobile money, i.e. they are handling their banking via their mobile. “The concept of mobile money is a very huge success in Africa, especially in my country Uganda and in Kenya,” Ruhunda stated. “E-money has great impact, especially when it comes to access to the markets, to know the price and also be able to sell your goods. This allows farmers to move faster than in the traditional system, which was prohibitive for them.”

Intermediaries are important catalysts

In Uganda’s neighbouring country Kenya too, the mobile has firmly established itself in the life of the rural population. “Kenya is one of the most advanced countries when it comes to mobile technologies and digital industries in Sub-Saharan Africa,” explained Heike Baumüller of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, Germany.