Workshop with Local Youth Council Leaders on Youth Participation – Northern Region
Strengthening Youth Structures in the Northern Region for Effectiveness and Election Preparedness
From April 15th until April 17th, Youth Councilors and Youth Council Leaders of 16 northern Districts of Uganda participated in a training in Gulu held by the National Youth Council (NYC) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). Focus of the training was to build the capacity of the local youth structures to better coordinate their work and lead young people at the district level, as well as specifically address the topic of the upcoming elections 2016 and how young people in the north can be most effectively prepared for and involved in the election process.
First KAS Scholarship Holders Training 2015
Local Governance: Interrogating the Ugandan Model and Exploring Alternatives
The first annual scholarship holders training of 2015 took place on Tuesday, 28th April, at the Grand Global Hotel Kampala. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) invited its scholars, which are studying in the field of Democracy and Development Studies, and Local Governance and Human Rights at the Uganda Martyr’s University, to a workshop on “Local Governance: Interrogating the Ugandan model and exploring alternatives”. This meeting was also considered as an informative get-together to foster the development of a strong alumni network.
Campaigning Training for Women
30 Female Councilors Trained in Kiboga District
The workshop in Kiboga, which took place from 14 to 16 of April, is the first of a series of workshops which focus on equipping aspiring leaders with skills and information on their mandate and as such support them to design their campaigns along achievable outcomes in relation to their mandate as women’s representatives and female political leaders.
Young Leaders Think Tank Non Residential Workshop
Capacity Building and Review Meeting
After the first workshop of the year, where the “Young Leaders Think Tank for Policy Alternatives” set the frame for the upcoming work, they met again on Saturday, 25th April 2015 at Salama Shield Foundation. During this follow-up meeting, the participants concretized the planning process as well as reviewed the progress so far attained by the groups.
Unity in Diversity?
Scholars Discuss Religious Tolerance and Radicalisation in Uganda
On 27 March 2015, a public dialogue organised by the University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) brought together secular and religious scholars to discuss the question of “Unity in Diversity: Perspective on Uganda as a Multidenominational Society”. While also discussing the roots and causes of religious radicalisation in Uganda, the dialogue was a strong call for religious tolerance, coexistence, and dialogue between people belonging to different faiths and denominations.
Student Leaders as Drivers of Democratic Reform
Debate of the Candidates for the Position of Guild President, Makerere University
On 8 March 2015 the annual guild presidential candidates’ debate took place at Makerere University. The debate is traditionally organised by the University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Uganda and South Sudan. The debate gave the nine candidates for the position of Guild President the chance to improve on their debating skills and offered the students of Makerere University an opportunity to inform themselves about the candidates and their programmes.
Young Leaders Think Tank Advocates for Electoral Reforms
In 2014, the Young Leaders Think Tank for Policy Alternatives worked on policy recommendations concerning electoral reforms. Since the subject is heatedly discsussed within civil society and the political sphere, the publication is not only timely, but was also used to advocate for the Think Tank's recommendations within different fora.
Challenges, Opportunities, and Prospects for Sustainable Economic Transformation
In a public lecture organised by the University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG) in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) on 16 April 2014, Prof. Charles Kwesiga, Executive Director of the Uganda Industrial Research Institute, reflected on the chances of and challenges for economic transformation in Uganda. The lecture was followed by a panel discussion with representatives of academia, civil society, and politics. All panellists agreed that Uganda has the potential for economic transformation, but that the necessary economic and institutional framework for this was not in place.
Capacity Enhancement Sessions for Women Councillors in Pallisa District
Between 11 and 13 March 2014 Action for Development (ACFODE), a Ugandan women's rights organisation, held a highly successful workshop for female councillors in Pallisa District in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The aim of the workshop was to equip the female participants with the tools they need in order to successfully champion the interests of their constituents generally and those of women particularly.
GOOD GOVERNANCE IS CENTRAL TO EFFECTIVE RESOURCE UTILISATION AND DEVELOPMENT – JOHN KUFOUR
Former Ghanaian President H.E. John Agyekum Kufour has underscored the centrality of good governance for Africa to avoid the so-called natural resource curse. He was delivering a public lecture at Makerere University on the invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Makerere University.