MoMo Hackathon 2022

MTN is inviting developers in Uganda to participate in a Hackathon to create an app that can process financial transactions, with added capabilities that go beyond processing payments.

MTN is now looking for companies, entrepreneurs and developers across the continent to innovate and leverage mobile money to accelerate financial inclusion and digitize payments.

The MoMo API Hackathon will enable developers based in Ghana, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Rwanda, eSwatini, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Conakry, Zambia and Benin to offer financial and transactional applications innovations using the MTN mobile money (MoMo) API platform.

The first prize is USD 5,000, the second prize is USD 3,000, third prize is USD 2,000.

For the overview, themes, prizes, rules, and registration, click here.

 

 

MTN supports the focus on groundwater to combat water scarcity

Last week, on 22nd March, MTN joined the rest of the world in celebration of World Water day under the theme: “Groundwater, making the invisible visible”, a theme aimed at spotlighting the importance of underground water in curbing water scarcity around the world.

Increasingly, different countries around the world are facing water scarcity as a result of climate change, which poses a threat to the future of human and animal life in those countries.

Closer to home, there has been great concern about water shortages resulting from climate change in the East African region. In a 2022 report, Oxfam International warned that as many as 28 million people across East Africa could face severe hunger if lack of rain persists through March.

News reports in Uganda indicate that some areas of the country such as Nakasongola and Gulu are challenged by water scarcity due to prolonged drought in those regions. In some cases, people have resorted to using dirty water from the lake for cooking which is a recipe for water-borne diseases.

On the other hand, research documented by WaterAid and the British Geological Survey in 2022 reveals that there is enough groundwater in Africa for most countries to survive at least five years of drought – and some, more than 50 years.

However, investment into tapping these groundwater sources to provide clean and safe water to communities remains limited.  Ground water in Africa is commonly sourced from beneath the land surface for instance through boreholes, springs and wells.

In a statement released recently, Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive of WaterAid in the UK, said: “There are vast reserves of water right under people’s feet, many of which are replenished every year by rainfall and other surface water, but they can’t access it because services are chronically underfunded. Tapping into groundwater would ensure millions of people have access to safe, clean water no matter what the climate crisis throws at them.”  

To bridge this gap, there is need for collaboration between both non-profit and profit organisations geared towards increasing access to clean water in the country.

Companies such as MTN are making progress in this initiative. The telecom company over the years has dedicated proceeds from MTN Kampala Marathon towards construction of boreholes in water-scarce areas of Northern Uganda including Amuria and Nakapiripirit.

The boreholes have extended access to clean water to more than 4000 people including refugees in the country.

During the thick of the pandemic in 2020, MTN Uganda partnered with National Water and Sewerage Corporation to provide 23 bulk water points to water stressed areas of Kampala to mitigate the spread of the virus due to of lack of water.

According to Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, the volatile climate conditions today underscore the significance of groundwater in the survival of the human race.

“We cannot afford to ignore the significance of groundwater today because it poses a solution to some of the water scarcity challenges around the world. And as investment into exploration of this water source gains momentum, there is need for collective responsibility in guaranteeing water conservation,” he said.

Explaining MTN’s effort in extending access to clean and safe water across the country, Vanhelleputte also added: “The goal behind MTN’s investment in this initiative is fuelled by our belief that MTN can only flourish when the communities and ecosystems in which it operates are healthy. In addition, as part of our Ambition 2025 strategy, MTN Group commits to further drive efforts to create shared value, with Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) at the core.

 

 

Vehicles Disposal by Public Auction.

 TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

  1. All vehicles are sold with no duty to repair – sold “as is”. MTN Uganda shall entertain no claims after the sale. All vehicles are sold without any warranties or guarantees of any kind whatsoever. Please ensure that you have carefully inspected the vehicle you are buying before the auction starts.
  2. MTN Uganda gives no warranty as to the correctness of date of first registration, year of manufacture and the odometer reading listed on the vehicle to be correct and will not be liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the description or identification of the vehicles. In making a bid, a bidder shall be deemed to have made themselves fully acquainted with the condition, description, and identification of the vehicle.
  3. In no event shall the successful bidder or buyer hold MTN Uganda responsible for having made or implied any warranty or merchantability or fitness for any specific purpose.
  4. Removal of vehicles from MTN premises shall be at the expense, liability, and risk of the successful bidder. All vehicles must be removed within the period announced by the auctioneer for each auction. Ownership of vehicles not removed within the announced period will revert to MTN Uganda for resale or disposal, without refund or recourse to the bidder. Vehicles not removed shall be considered abandoned and no refunds shall be issued.
  5. Announcements made at the time of the sale (during the auction) take precedence over conflicting announcements or postings.
  6. MTN Uganda reserves the right to withdraw any vehicle from the sale before or during the auction without prior notice.
  7. Persons attending the preview/inspection period, the auction, or the removal period assume all risks of damage, injury, or loss to their person and/or property, and release MTN Uganda from liability thereof.
  8. On payment of the full bid price, the risk shall pass from MTN Uganda to the buyer. However, title shall pass from MTN Uganda upon completion of the Uganda Revenue Authority motor vehicle transfer process.
  9. These rules apply to both bidders and successful bidders (buyers) and the terms and conditions will be deemed to be accepted by either of them, on completion of registration as a bidder.

MTN Uganda supports the Rotary cancer run

As has been the case in the previous years, MTN Uganda staff will join the Rotary community in the Cancer Run that is slated for this Sunday in Kampala and in all major towns across the country in a bid to raise funds for the construction of two Bunkers that will ease the treatment of cancer.

While receiving the cancer run kits on behalf of MTN Uganda staff at Nyonyi gardens today, Bryan Mbasa, the Acting Senior Manager MTN Foundation said that the cancer run is a noble event with good intentions in the area of health that the MTN Foundation is also involved in.

“We have been supporting the Cancer Run over the years because as the MTN Foundation, we are passionate about the area of health. We believe that good health is critical to the development of the country,”Mbasa said.
Mbasa also noted that in the past, MTN Uganda has supported the Uganda cancer institute under its corporate social responsibility dubbed ’21 days of yellow care’.

Rotarian Juliet Kyokunda, the Chair of this year’s Cancer Run lauded MTN for supporting the initiative over the years.
“MTN Uganda has supported the cancer run over the years because just like Rotary, the MTN Foundation is involved in humanitarian work which entails health. Working with them is seamless and I have high hopes that our partnership will get stronger,” Kyokunda said.

Now in its eighth year, the Cancer Run, is an annual event which aims at mobilizing funds for setting up cancer treatment and management infrastructure around the country.

From the previous cancer runs, a 36 bed capacity cancer center and a blood bank have been constructed in Nsambya and Mengo hospitals respectively. Both facilities are fully functional and running.

This year’s mission remains collecting funds for the construction of two bunkers to accommodate two linear accelerator machines that are used for the treatment of Cancer. The two bunkers have been estimated to cost 18 billion shillings (USD 4.5m). So far, 1.8 billion shillings has been collected and is available in the bank.

“I invite everyone to contribute to this noble cause and those who can, should join us and run for their health this Sunday,” Kyokunda said.

Today, fundraising through sporting activities such as walking, running, cycling and swimming are becoming popular.
Every year, MTN Uganda holds a marathon to raise funds for many social issues ranging from education and health to water and sanitation. Just like the previous years, this year’s marathon which is slated for November will also raise funds that will be committed to addressing social issues and spreading smiles to people everywhere you go.

 

 

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Good together

MTN Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Djibril Ouattara to the position of MTN Ivory Coast CEO, effective 1 November 2019. The appointment follows the departure of former CEO, Freddy Tchala in September.

Djibril is a seasoned executive with experience spanning more than 15 years in telecoms. In his most recent role as CEO of MTN Congo Brazzaville, he made significant strides in delivering on the company’s BRIGHT strategy.

He has implemented a successful turnaround including a network transformation which won MTN Congo Brazzaville the award for ‘best network’ in the country for two consecutive years, and an aggressive Supply and Distribution transformation leading to significant value share growth. Additionally, he led the operation’s mobile money development, achieving 53% penetration rate in two years.

Djibril has worked across Africa, the USA and Europe. Prior to joining MTN he held CEO roles at Canal Plus Ivory Coast and Etisalat-Atlantique Telecom Togo. He holds an MBA from MIT-Sloan School of Management (USA), as well as an Engineering Degree from ENSIA-INSET in Ivory Coast.

Effective 1 November, current MTN Congo Brazzaville Chief Technical and Information Officer (CTIO), Ayham Moussa, will undertake the position of acting CEO for MTN Congo Brazzaville until a permanent appointment is finalised.

 

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MTN Foundation lights up Buvuma Island

Friday 18th October 2019- Buvuma Island, Central Uganda

NOTE:

  • The MTN Uganda Foundation, together with Fenix International Uganda as an implementing partner have powered and lit up Buvuma Island.
  • Buvuma Island is off the national power grid. As such, it depends on solar and thermal power which majority of the residents cannot afford.
  • The MTN Foundation donated 550 solar kits worth 380 million. Fenix International Uganda will install and maintain the kits. The beneficiaries include 9 schools and 2 health centers.

The MTN Uganda Foundation has partnered with Fenix International Uganda to provide power and lighting for selected schools and health centers in Buvuma Island.
Fenix International Uganda is a next-generation energy and technology company whose mission is to improve the quality of life of customers through inclusive energy.

In the partnership worth 380 million, MTN Foundation has provided 550 customized solar kits for schools and health facilities. Fenix International Uganda will install and maintain the kits to ensure the project’s sustainability. Under a similar project in June this year, MTN donated and installed 100 solar kits in Bunambutye resettlement camp in Bulambuli district in Eastern Uganda.

The project dubbed “Light up a Village” is aimed at improving performance of learners in schools by increasing reading time especially in the night, to enhance teacher preparation for lessons, provide considering that Buvuma was ranked among the worst performing districts in Last year’s Primary Leaving examinations.
The district also suffers a poor learner retention capacity due to a host of challenges faced by both learners and teachers.

Speaking at the Handover of the solar kits, Mr. Bryan Mbasa, the Acting Senior Manager, MTN Foundation noted that:
“By providing solar lighting, learners can be able to read for longer as they prepare for their forth-coming exams. Their safety is also guaranteed especially those in boarding schools who are staying in dormitories without light.”
Mr. Mbasa further noted that with the availability of solar power, students can now have access to computers as a way of preparing them for the digital era.t

Niarami seed Secondary school, Namunyolo P/S, Bukaali community P/S, Bulondo P/S, Namakeba P/S, Lukoma P/S, KitikoP/S, Buyuba P/S, Bugaya P/S are the schools that will benefit from the project.

Under health, the project will provide lighting for Migadde and Kifulu Health centers.
This is aimed at supporting maternal health in the region by ensuring that mothers can access round the clock services from these health centers.

“As the MTN Foundation, we are passionate about maternal health and we hope that by lighting up these health centers, mothers can access health services at any time,” Mr. Mbasa said.

Hon. Robert Migadde, the Member of Parliament, Buvuma district thanked MTN for the noble gesture towards the schools and health centers.

“Given that we are a hard to reach area which is off the national power grid, this project is a life-changing one for this area. Our children will now be able to study better and our health facilities can now provide the residents with the much-needed night services,” Hon. Migadde said.

The MTN Foundation has undertaken to support a number of government initiatives.
Early this Month, the MTN Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Ministry of Health unveiled the finance and date schedule to implement maternal health projects to a tune of UGX.1.33 billion.
While UGX. 600 million was raised from the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon and regional runs, the other is a top up from the MTN Foundation.

The funds are being used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda namely Muyembe HC IV in Bulambuli district, Pakwach HC IV in Pakwach district, Kalangala HC IV in Kalangala district, Karugutu HC IV in Ntoroko district and Kawempe Women and Children Hospital in Kampala.Early this year, the MTN Foundation refurbished eight Maternity wards in eight health center III facilities across the country during the MTN 20th anniversary celebrations. Arua, Gulu, Lira, Kabarole, Hoima, Kiruhura, Kabale and Mbale are the districts that were reached during this initiative.

In addition to renovating and refurbishing maternity wards, the MTN Foundation also provided them with solar energy, water and sanitation facilities to maternity wards.

 

About MTN Foundation

The MTN Uganda Foundation is a non-profit entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its corporate social investments (CSI).

The main objective of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in education, health and other national priorities.

For more information, please contact:

The mediadesk.ug@mtn.com or 077 212 1372 or  Emmy Olaki at emmy.olaki@tbwa-uganda.com or 078 260 5997

 

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MTN Foundation hands over blood storage equipment to Mbarara Regional Blood Bank

NOTE:

  • This follows an agreement between the MTN Foundation and Ministry of Health to purchase an automatic blood plasma extractor machine and 3 refrigerators to improve the blood processing and blood storage in the four regional blood banks across the country.
  • In July 2019, MTN Foundation availed UGX. 347 million for the purchase of the equipment. The MTN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte handed over the cheque to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwiine.
  • Apart from Mbarara Regional blood bank, the other beneficiaries include; Mbale Regional Blood Bank and Arua Regional Blood Bank and the headquarters of the Uganda Blood transfusion Services in Nakasero.

 

Thursday 3rd October 2019- Mbarara-Western Uganda.

MTN Uganda Foundation has officially handed over blood storage equipment to the Mbarara Regional blood bank under the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS).
This is in a bid to address the issue of blood shortage arising from inadequate blood storage equipment.

The state-of-the-art blood refrigerator was handed over to the Parliamentary Woman Representative for Mbarara Municipality, Hon. Rosette Kajungu Mutambi in a ceremony held today at the Mbarara Regional Blood Bank in Mbarara district.
This follows the telecom company’s pledge in July when it availed UGX. 347 million to procure the equipment that comprises of an automated plasma extractor and 3 blood refrigerators. The automated plasma extractor that will be stationed at the Nakasero Blood Bank will be used for the processing of blood plasma to extract components of red and white blood cells, and platelets for the Nakasero blood bank.

The three refrigerators will be delivered to the regional blood banks based at the regional referral hospitals in Mbarara, Mbale and Arua. Mbarara becomes the first regional blood bank to receive its equipment. Arua and Mbale are set to receive theirs in due course.

While handing over the equipment, Mr. Bryan Mbasa, the Acting Senior Manager, MTN Foundation reiterated MTN Uganda’s commitment to supporting government’s push towards meeting the Global Sustainable Development Goal No. 3 which aims at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages.

“We are proud of this partnership with the UBTS and the Ministry of Health in complementing their efforts to make available this scarce resource of blood,” Mr. Mbasa said.

Speaking at the same ceremony, Mbarara District Health Officer noted that the refrigerators will address the issue of blood shortage that has been arising from inadequate storage facilities.
While receiving the equipment, Hon. Kajungu thanked the MTN Foundation for working together with the government for the good of the people of Uganda.

“Thank you MTN Foundation Uganda for this equipment. It will go a long way in addressing the blood shortage issues that arise from lack of adequate storage of donated blood to save lives,” Hon. Kajungu said, “The MTN Foundation has shown its passion for maternal health. By supporting safe blood storage, more mothers will be saved since more blood will be available, thanks to this initiative.”

The MTN Foundation has undertaken to support a number of government health initiatives. Early this Month, the MTN Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Ministry of Health unveiled the finance and date schedule to implement maternal health projects to a tune of UGX.1.33 billion. While UGX. 600 million was raised from the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon and regional runs, the other is a top up from the MTN Foundation.

The funds are being used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda namely Muyembe HC IV in Bulambuli district, Pakwach HC IV in Pakwach district, Kalangala HC IV in Kalangala district, Karugutu HC IV in Ntoroko district and Kawempe Women and Children Hospital in Kampala.

Early this year, the MTN Foundation refurbished eight Maternity wards in eight health center III facilities across the country during the MTN 20th anniversary celebrations. Arua, Gulu, Lira, Kabarole, Hoima, Kiruhura, Kabale and Mbale are the districts that were reached during this initiative.

In addition to renovating and refurbishing maternity wards, the MTN Foundation also provided solar energy, water and sanitation facilities to maternity wards at selected health centers to ensure that mothers not only plan for their pregnancies but give life in dignity and comfort.

 

About MTN Foundation

The MTN Uganda Foundation is a non-profit entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its corporate social investments (CSI).

The main objective of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in education, health and other national priorities.

For more information, please contact:

The mediadesk.ug@mtn.com or 077 212 1372 or
Emmy Olaki at emmy.olaki@tbwa-uganda.com or 078 260 5997

 

 

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MTN Uganda lights up Bunambutye village as 21 days of Y’ELLO Care goes to Eastern Uganda

Thursday 13th June 2019 – Bulambuli District, Eastern Uganda

Two weeks into its staff-driven Corporate Social Responsibility dubbed ‘21 Days of Y’ello care’ (21DOYC), MTN Uganda has lit up the entire resettlement of landslide survivors set up by the Office of the Prime Minister in Bulambuli district in its ‘Light up a village’ campaign.

Following the landslides in Bududa last year, the Office of the Prime Minister through the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness acquired land to construct 900 houses for purposes of resettling the affected families. As part of our Y’ello Care activities, MTN staff will participate in installing solar lighting in all the 110 existing houses in Bulambuli village.

The MTN staff will also plant trees to better the environment and donate clothing and foodstuffs to the families in the village. In a special arrangement, the youth in Bulambuli resettlement camp will also be reached and empowered with vocational skills.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mr. Gordian Kyomukama, the Chief Technical Officer at MTN Uganda said that;

“As a trusted partner in the development of this nation, it gives us pride to participate further in the humanitarian initiatives fronted by the government. We stand with the survivors of the landslides in Bududa and are here to further improve the quality of their livelihood in this settlement. This is in line with our mission to make the lives of Ugandans better.”

In his keynote speech, the Minister of State for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Hon. Musa Ecweru noted that the lighting provided by MTN will positively impact the lives of the people in the village.

“With this kind of infrastructure in place, I am sure the people in this area will not only live a comfortable life but they will be able to engage in power-driven income generating activities to better their lives,” Hon. Ecweru said.

21DOYC is global award-winning voluntary staff program that sees the MTN Uganda staff stepping out of their offices to make a difference in the lives of the communities within which they work in every year. This is the 13th edition of the annual program.

The three week-long program is an organic and voluntary corporate social responsibility
Platform that entails giving back to the community in various ways but not limited to community clean-ups, health center refurbishments and donations.

This year, the 21 Days of Y’ello Care focuses on one of the most critical issues affecting countries across the globe – Youth Empowerment – under the theme ‘Creating a Brighter Future’.

Uganda is the second youngest population in the world with 78 percent of the population below 30 years, second to Niger’s 83 percent (UNDP, 2016).

In Uganda, 30 percent of the youth who are qualified from tertiary institutions have difficulty transiting into the labour market. The situation is worse for youths that are semi-skilled or unskilled.

Evidence indicates that unemployed youths in Uganda engage in socio-economic ills like gambling (sports betting), drug abuse and also engage in criminal activities. Many times, it is such unemployed youth groups that have destabilized peace around the country engaging in demonstrations (ACODE, 2014).

 

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MTN Foundation supports Bududa landslides victims

Wednesday 12th June, 2019 – Bududa District, Eastern Uganda

MTN Uganda has donated non-food relief items worth Ugshs 30 million to the victims of the recent Bududa landslides.

The landslides that happened early last week have so far left 6 dead and scores injured while over 80 households have been washed away, leaving hundreds of survivors with no shelter, food and warm clothing among other needs.

Led by MTN Uganda’s Corporate Services General Manager, Ms. Enid Edroma, MTN staff supported the relief efforts of the Uganda Red Cross Society in Bududa by donating warm clothes and blankets as a temporary support to the victims.

The Guest of honor, Lutsehe County Area MP Hon. Godfrey Watenga Nabutanyi and Hon. Justine Khainza Woman MP Bududa received the items in a handover ceremony held in Bududa this morning.
While handing over the items, Ms. Edroma expressed MTN’s heartfelt sympathy to the people of Bududa.

“We understand that this is such a trying time for you. We however hope that this little support we have rendered will offer you some comfort,” Ms. Edroma said, “Beyond being a telecom business entity, MTN Uganda is committed to positively impacting the lives of the communities it serves.

In his keynote remarks, Hon. Nabutanyi thanked MTN for remembering his community in its time of need.

“As you can see, many of the people have been left with nothing. These items that you have provided are very much appreciated. We thank MTN for being our trusted friends,” Hon. Nabutanyi said.

Hon Khainza noted that over 100,000 people are living precariously in Bududa district. The government recently started relocating landslide victims in the district to Bunambutye Sub-county in Bulambuli District. More than 90 families who survived the October 2018 landslides have so far been relocated to the area where 101 houses were built out of the planned 900 houses.

 

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