Oftentimes the problem that arises from implementing technology in developing nations is that the solutions provided are geared more toward the first world than the third. To many, the digitization of paperwork falls into this category. However, in Mombasa, this is not the case.
USAID funded a digitization project recently to address the recurring problem of missing files in the Mombasa court system. While there is some controversy regarding whether the missing files are in fact misplace or stolen, the new digital system will alleviate that problem. This new system will be operated by clerks who can respond to any questions regarding cases through text message. Computer screens have also been installed in the courtrooms to avoid congestion and allow easier access to court documents for the media and families.
To some, this may seem to be a superficial use of technology in an area where there are more pressing problems. However, the effects of a strong and fair legal system have a ripple effect on nearly every aspect of an effective and productive society. With a more efficient system, residents can finish their courtroom transactions in less time and dedicate more focus to problems occurring within their communities. This new system also guarantees more effective and fair proceedings in the courtrooms of impoverished nations which lowers dissatisfaction within the community.
– Pete Grapentien
Source: The Star
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