Handbook for Local Government Actors

Accountability, Public Resource Management and Gender Inclusion in Local Governments

In the face of the changing needs of communities served by local governments, laws relating to the operations of local governments have been known to change frequently owing to the demanding nature of accountability and governance. KAS and its partners, therefore, present the most recent legal framework which contains legislation, regulations and policies applicable to the local governments in their dayto- day operations.

Fourth Edition of the KAS Newsletter

Newsletter 04/2020

Learn all about the KAS activities from October to December 2020 and the Upcoming launch of the Uchaguzi Voter App.

Read more about our upcoming events and activity highlights!

Newsletter 03/2020

Check out the 3rd edition of our 2020 Newsletter running from July to September.

Keeping up with KAS!

Newsletter 02/2020

More about KAS activities and news between April and June 2020 is just a click away. Keeping up with us has never been made easier.

Kampala's Air Quality is Red-Flagged

Awareness of the "Silent Killer" Remains Low

Today, polluted air is the greatest environmental risk to health around the entire world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 7 million people annually die as a result of living with polluted air. In 2019, Uganda scored third on the African continent for recording the highest and most dangerously polluted air – only Ghana and DR Congo produced worse results. In global comparison, Uganda ranks among the top 25 of countries with the highest amount of Particulate Matter (PM), an airborne contaminant which negatively affects human health. Escaping these microscopic pollutants is virtually impossible, especially in the capital city Kampala.


Corona pandemic in Africa: More poverty, crises and conflicts?

Insights into Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Mali, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda

The corona pandemic has reached sub-Saharan-Africa. Against this backdrop, we report on the overall situation and take a closer look at the state of affairs in Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Mali, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Furthermore, we also investigate what German politics could do to mitigate the negative effects of the corona virus and how African countries can better protect themselves against further pandemics.

COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response

Rethinking E-learning in Uganda

Public health emergencies affect the education and safety of children in several ways. Due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, for instance, the education of 5 million children was interrupted.- School closures across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2015 made it difficult for the governments of these countries to find alternative ways to provide continued education, resulting in many children dropping out of school. The current pandemic has forced most govern- ments around the world to temporarily close educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, impacting over 91% of the world’s student popu- lation according to UNESCO. Uganda, amidst its economic challenges, the unforeseen situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is another turn of the screw in the education situation of its school-going age population. This research looks systematically at the opportunities and challenges of diffus- ing e-learning in the context of Uganda, where the vast majority lack basic needs for livelihood and access to the internet is a problem.

A review of COVID-19 and the health equality dilemma in Uganda

Uganda’s development response over the years, where we have seen impressively high economic growth rates that have not translated into a better life for the poorest and most vulnerable such as women, has spilled into its COVID-19 response. This paper discusses the ways in which approaches to development- with focus on health sector- that do not include the poorest and most vulnerable will combine with old patriarchy and a global pandemic to leave women worse off. It extracts lessonsfrom Uganda’s ongoing COVID-19 response and makes recommendations on short term measures to make the response more inclusive and cognizant of existing inequalities, and work towards resolving rather than compounding them. It also suggests long term measures that post-pandemic, can be used to address health inequalities.

COVID-19 in Uganda

Toward a National Strategy on Complex Public Health Emergencies

This paper analyses the relationship between Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Uganda, on one hand, and the development and operationalization of a National Strategy on Complex Public Health Emergencies. Attention centres on:(i) State preparedness following outbreak and global transmission of Covid-19;(ii) State Responses tosubsequent importation to, and transmission of the disease within, Uganda; (iii) State-Society Relations occasioned by intra-country morbidity and transmissions; and (iv) the implications of (i)-(iii) for Uganda’s national strategy for CPHEs.The paper underscores the State’s central role in developing and operationalising a CPHE Strategy. The Strategy, though a multi-stakeholder effort, ought to prioritise preparedness, response, and post-CPHE socioeconomic recovery in order to cushion society against immediate and long-term impacts of CPHEs. Severally,Covid-19 has revealed the need to alter Uganda’s approach to public health governance. The conclusion sums up main lessons and makes recommendations for developing a National CPHE Strategy.

Citizens Speak!

Public Service Needs during Lockdown in Uganda

As a global pandemic of COVID19 is threatening our lives and economies, our relationship towards government is starting to change. With over 2.5 million confirmed infections worldwide, Uganda has so far been spared with only 61 confirmed cases and no deaths. On 31st March, a 14-day lockdown was imposed on the country, which was extended for another 21 days on the 14th of April. The effects of this lockdown on the virus, as well as economic and social life, are yet to be seen. What is certain is that many Ugandans, sitting at home in self-isolation, are talking about their needs during the pandemic and openly sharing their anxieties about the future through WhatsApp groups and social media platforms.

Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

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.

Event Reports

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.


A Women’s Development Magazine

ARISE magazine features varying issues around women and development in Uganda. Whether women wearing uniform, working as farmers, or holding political offices: We review the trends and challenges women face in Uganda. The magazine has been published in cooperation with Action for Development since 1990.

Reality Check

The series analyses developmental challenges in the political, social and economic sphere in Uganda. The editions examine hot topics of the daily political agenda and undertake a rigorous reality check. Reality Check is published in cooperation with Centre for Development Alternatives.

Economic Policy Paper Series

We examine economic issues in Uganda through a policy lens: Which way for Uganda's economic development? Which obstacles does the country face? And how can political players set the course for economic growth? This series crafts policy papers to inform and inspire debates around economic progress in Uganda. The Economic Policy Paper Series is published in cooperation with Centre for Development Alternatives.