Researcher Profile: M. Chemisto

Musa Chemisto

iCOMMS PhD Student | Email:

I am a PhD student within the iCOMMS Research Team. I also hold an MSc in Computer Science and a BSc in Computer Science.



Evaluating Access and Usage: A Classic Grounded Theory of WSDB Impact in Uganda's Water Sector

In this study, we focus on Uganda’s Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) sector. Despite increased ICT investment to tackle service delivery (reporting technical issues, complaints management, revenue collection, water management and monitoring & evaluation (M&E)), Uganda’s WSS sector is burdened by several challenges and this research seeks explanatory rationale for some of these challenges.

This study aims at investigating the impact of ICT initiatives in Uganda’s WASH sector. They study will generally look at how District Water Officers (DWOs) and other stakeholders (NGO's, Donors, Public and Civil society) in Uganda’s WASHs sector use ICT interventions like WSDB that were implemented to manage water source information. DWO’s are responsible for submitting country-wide water source information that is entered into the WSDB and other systems. By meeting several DWOs and other stakeholders, this research will focus on evaluating impact of use/ non-use of the WSDB.

This explanatory and Interpretive inductive study will use a Classic Grounded theory methodology coupled with Multiple case study design for evaluating usage and impact of the WSDB in the sector. The findings from the study will be encapsulated into a new substantive research that examines the relationship at the country level between WSDB access and use with its usage and water sector development. A substantive theory stating the impact of Information Systems specifically the WSDB implementation is the key theoretical contribution for the study on Uganda's water sector.


1. Chemisto, M., ​Rivett, U. (2018): Examining the Adoption and Usage of an e-Government System in Rural South Africa. Proceedings of the Conference on Information Communications Technology and Society (ICTAS), 8 - 9 March 2018, Durban, South Africa, ISBN: 978-1-5386-1000-8, Volume 18, pp. 200-205. 

2. Chemisto, M., ​Rivett, U., & Jacobs, C. (2016): Impact iof Co-Design and Design Science on Adoption of an ICT Solution in Rural South Africa. Proceedings of the 22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 11 - 14 August 2016, San Diego, California, USA, ISBN: 978-0-9966831-2-8.

3. Jacobs, C., Rivett, U., & Chemisto, M. (2016). Information Technology in Environmental Engineering: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering (ITEE 2015). In J. Marx Gómez & B. Scholtz (Eds.), (pp. 65–74). Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-25153-0_6.

4. Chemisto, M., ​Rivett, U. (2015): A Review of Sector Coordination and ICTs in Multi-Stakeholder Environs of Uganda’s Rural Water Sector. Proceedings of the 9th IDIA conference, 8 - 9 November 2015, Nungwi, Zanzibar: 266-285 ISBN: 978-0-620-68395-1.

5. Chemisto M., Rezwanul H.M., Mottalib A.: An Improved 1-NN Time Series Classification Algorithm:- Proceedings of the Internal Conference on Computer and Information Technology, WASET (ICCIT’ 10). Cape Town, South Africa, January 29-31, 2010, ISSN: 2070-3740, Volume 61, pp. 108-113.