2017

Media Coverage of Sexual Violence and Exploitation in Ugandan Schools

by Donnas Ojok

#WomeninMediaUg
Ugandan media has been awashed with many stories about sexual exploitation whether at home, school or work places. Regardless of it's shape and form, sexual violence, abuse and exploitations are not only dehumanizing but also criminal acts. Moreover, perpetrating these acts against school going children/minors is even most disgraceful. As part of our #WomeninMediaUg meeting sessions, we held a roundtable discussion with selected members of academia, media and civil society in Uganda.

2017

Climate finance in Uganda and how the private sector can tap in it

Climate change is a global problem whose challenges will be met at local, regional and international levels. Ambitious climate action is therefore required to meet the goals and targets of the Paris Agreement. Uganda’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) require substantial financing from a variety of sources (public, private, and external). This implies an expanded role for both government and private sector to consider investments in green growth and renewable energy.

2017

IS A NATIONAL DIALOGUE THE ANSWER TO SOUTH SUDAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE?

Since 2013, the world’s youngest nation has been engulfed in a brutal civil war. Since then, there have been a number of attempts to promote peace and dialogue; however, with the civil war now reaching its fourth year, the obstacles to peace multiply. In late 2016, President Salva Kiir initiated a National Dialogue which aimed to find a resolution to the conflict. However, the Dialogue was marred with issues even before it began this year.

2017

MULTIPARTYISM IN UGANDA

THE ROLE OF APPOINTED AND ELECTED LEADERS IN PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE IN A MULTI PARTY SYSTEM AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL
The last general elections held in early 2016 stood out for the high numbers of elected leaders entering office for the first time. Furthermore, despite the reintroduction of multipartyism over a decade ago, shortcomings in democratic practice still prevail, both on a local and a national level. In order to spread awareness on the functions of democracy in a multiparty system and ensure better service delivery to ordinary citizens, the Directorate of National Guidance, together with KAS, have set out to facilitate workshops for elected councilmembers across the country.

2017

INTERGENERATIONAL DIALOGUE

Harnessing the Demographic Divide to Enhance Youth Participation and Gender Equality
Uganda has one of the highest population growth rates and one of the youngest populations in the world. Youth participation, and especially that of the female youth, is crucial for the sustainment and endurance of the Ugandan society. However, while institutional provisions on youth participation in politics and policy-making do exist, issues of underrepresentation, unemployment, exploitation, and inadequate education, still prevail.

2017

REVIEWING EAST AFRICA'S REFUGEE MANAGEMENT APPROACHES

The various conflicts across eastern Africa have not only put a strain on the countries engulfed in violence, but also their neighbouring countries, who must handle the influx of refugees into their communities amidst already existing domestic economic hurdles. The East African Community’s (EAC) lack of a common framework on refugee management has made for great inconsistencies on policy and practice among the different member states.

2017

GRASSROOTS CIVIC EDUCATION TRAINING IN 10 DISTRICTS OF UGANDA

Civic education remains an important issue often neglected in Ugandan politics, despite the importance of political literacy and the engagement of all citizens in order for democracy to function properly. The goal, therefore, of the Governance Accountability Civil Society Network (GAIN) is to empower individuals and communities across the country to fully understand and practice their duties as citizens. Together with KAS, GAIN Uganda launched the Democracy Workbook in June 2017.

2017

The 2017 #UgandaSocialMedia Conference Report

In June 2017, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) – Uganda Country Office, held the third session of the annual Uganda Social Media Conference to provide a platform for deepening and expanding discussions around challenges that arise from social media use, but also to explore new perspectives on the same.