Rural Communications Development Fund - RCDF

The Rural Communications development Fund (RCDF) is a Universal Service Fund (USF) to communications in Uganda. It was established in 2003 and it is administered at arms' length by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

The projects implemented by RCDF include; Internet points of presence (POP) - 76, Internet cafes – 106, ICT training centres – 78, Public payphones – 4,099, District web portals – 78, Multi Purpose Community Tele-centres (MCT) – 13, Postal projects – 45, School ICT laboratories – 708, Health ICT facilities – 174, Voice network sites – 90, Content development projects – 106, Local governance projects 2, and Other unique projects – 31.

The direct impact realised out of the projects implemented includes; 100% voice coverage at the sub county level, 100% data coverage for every district town of Uganda, teaching of Computer Studies as a subject in at least 50% of government secondary schools and basic ICT equipment in all district government hospitals.

Between 2003 and 2009, the focus of RCDF projects was on ensuring access to ICT services for the underserved areas. Subsequently, the RCDF project focus shifted to ensuring usage of ICT services

RCDF was started in the year 2003. The activities of RCDF are guided by the RCDF policy of 2001 which was rolled over for the five year period 2003 to 2007. The RCDF policy programme defined by the Policy for the five year period is as follows;