Uganda's Leading Conversation Platform on Why Social Media Matters for Political and Social Developments

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The Uganda Social Media Conference is an annual programme organized by the Uganda country office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) which aims to bring together key stakeholders from government, civil society, academia and the media to have a constructive exchange on the impact of social media on state and society, highlighting both opportunities and challenges. The conference provides a unique platform for theorizing, dialoguing and engaging on how the growing relevance of social media shapes our social and political interactions and changes the way we access and process information

In its global engagement in the promotion of democracy and good governance, KAS has a long history of promoting free and professional media through journalism trainings and scholarship programmes as well as facilitating networking and dialogue platforms. Through the Media Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa based in Johannesburg, KAS supports journalists, bloggers and political communicators across the continent, for example by facilitating the online platform “Africa Blogging” (

In Uganda, KAS in July 2015 organized the first ever platform meant to harness social media opportunities for political communication. The 2015 Social Media Conference brought together a host of experts and professionals from the civil society, media practitioners and scholars, political activists, and government officials to assess the impact of social media on political communication and civic engagement. In July 2016 the second edition of the Social Media Conference focused on the question how Social Media is transforming Uganda’s political and social landscape. Through a series of panels and break-away sessions the conference explored a wide range of topics, including the impact of social media on democratic spaces, the challenges for traditional media, opportunities for good governance and service delivery, social media dynamics with regard to contemporary culture, as well as the specific opportunities and challenges for women in online spaces and social media.

The relevant links to the past Conferences can be found below_




Here's a summary clip of the past Social Media Conferences:





Check out the 2016 event report and pictures here__

Check out the 2017 event report and pictures here__

THE 2016 EVENT WAS LIVESTREAMED: Click here for the recorded video.