Future of Data sharing in Uganda

How can we build the future we want?

UNGP Finland and UNGP Kampala in cooperation with the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance of Uganda


UNGP co-designed and facilitated a foresight retreat to explore a shared vision on the future of data sharing and reuse in Uganda. This workshop brought together more than 60 key players from government and UN agencies, the private sector, academia and Civil Society Organizations. Participants analysed the current challenges and opportunities in the data ecosystem in Uganda, created a vision on data sharing in migration, tourism and city domains, and identified how their organizations could support these efforts. The retreat helped build trust between participants and they agreed to establish a working group to continue the dialogue on inclusive data exchange.


The data space in Uganda is fragmented: most data exists in silos, controlled by some entities and isolated from others. This limits Uganda’s opportunities to spur innovation in key sectors such as tourism. Futures and foresight approaches allow participants to create a space to discuss future opportunities and build a common preferred future for data sharing.

Key lessons

  • Using futures and foresight tools helps uncover underlying issues and builds trust among participants.
  • Foresight is a powerful tool to unlock stakeholders’ views, align on a shared vision, and collectively identify actions needed to reach that future.
  • Scenario building creates safe spaces for dialogue and visionary alternatives

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