n Mousaion - Business information systems design for Uganda's economic development : the case of northern Uganda




This article is the result of a preliminary study on the business community and in particular the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Arua district of northern Uganda. The aim was primarily to test the research instruments for the main study that should result in the design of a business information system (BIS) for northern Uganda that would also support Uganda's economic development. It is assumed that northern Uganda, because of the lack of a BIS, is lagging behind in economic development. The study examined the characteristics of the business community in northern Uganda, business information needs, sources and channels used for accessing business information, problems faced in accessing business information and proposals for designing a viable BIS that will facilitate accessibility to quality information for business transactions. The findings reveal that in order to provide quality business information to the business community in northern Uganda, diverse approaches should be used with a multifaceted means of access. In conclusion the study recommends what features a viable BIS unique to northern Uganda should have.


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