Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

China and Uganda – an Uneasy Friendship

The dynamics of Sino-Ugandan relations and its economic and societal im-pacts on Ugandan society


Enabling women to start up their own businesses and to create employment would bring major benefits to the country, turning Ugandan women into a strong asset. Acknowledging the role of women entrepreneurs in private sector development, poverty reduction, and sustainable growth and development in Uganda, this paper aims to identify ways to empower women for effective entrepreneurship. The question thus arising is the following: How can Ugandan women be empowered to successfully engage in entrepreneurial activities?

Taking Action – Prospects for Possible Foreign Interventions in the South Sudanese Civil War

On 26th August, the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung Uganda and South Sudan, in cooperation with the University Fo-rum for Governance (UNIFOG) organized a full-day symposium on possibilities for peace and inclusive state-building in South Sudan. Reflecting on practical proposals for solutions and feasible actions to improve on the sit-uation in Uganda’s northern neighbour-state, there was clearly one key question that came to dominate the debate: the question of foreign inter-vention.

Social media on the rise


The number of people in Uganda who have access to the Internet is continuously growing. Due to the power of social media, more and more people find it attractive to communicate via Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and others. But there are many voices within government who want to regulate social media networks. Does that mean, the free space which social media creates is jeopardized?

The EAC Regional Integration and Prospects for Peace Building in South Sudan

It is undoubted that South Sudan’s entry as a member of the EAC provides the country with numerous opportunities to increase her market size; reduce on the transaction costs and increase economic efficiency. But what are some of the fundamental political economy questions that underpin South Sudan’s entry to the EAC regional economic bloc? Why should a country arguably devoid of most of the integration principles like stability, human rights, rule of law and good governance be accepted into the community?

Tagging, Tweeting, Posting: Social Media and Politics in Uganda

The Impact of Social Media on the Run-up to the 2016 Elections in Uganda

While in Uganda still only a relatively small percentage of the population has access to social media, its importance in political communication and activism cannot be overestimated. Due to the power that manifests itself in hashtags, posts, and images, the Ugandan political elites on the one hand learned to use social media for their political goals and campaigning. On the other hand, however, there are also calls for regulation as social media can be just as uncomfortable as it can be useful. This country report takes stock and analyses the impact social media has on the electoral process.

South Sudan – Triumph of Diplomacy at Last?

Following the latest peace deal signed on 27 August to bring South Sudan’s civil war to an end, Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar, president and reinstated deputy, have agreed to cease all fighting. However, regardless of whether the deal takes hold over upcoming weeks, the devastating war has already ravaged the impover-ished nation over the past two years.

25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Some Personal Considerations for Africa

At the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, this country report tries to answer the following questions: what parallels exist between the then divided Germany and present day Uganda or Africa? What have been the implications of the fall of the wall to the so-called developing world? Are there any specific lessons around the fall of the wall that Uganda or Africa can draw on?

Countdown to the Ugandan Elections

The Big Questions

With the Ugandan elections around the corner, the report focuses on the major questions that dominate the local and international debate on the electoral exercise: the political playing field, the major policy issues, the party landscape, party promises and their campaign strategies, the regional and international relevance of the Ugandan election, and the prospects of electoral violence.

Guarding the Guardians

Managing Peace and Non-Violence During the Elections in Uganda

On February 18, the second general election since the re-introduction of multiparty democracy will be held in Uganda. There are widespread speculations that violence may affect the polling process and the period after. In consequence, the countries’ security scheme has been strengthened in anticipatory preparedness, with the government stating that this was necessary to ensure that core democratic values such as a peaceful, free and fair election process could be defended.

About this series

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.

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