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Trends, Challenges and Prospects of Deepening Democracy at the Local Level

Mbale District Local Governance Actors Discuss Trends and Challenges to Democratisation

Civil society, political party activists and local government leaders in Mbale district emphasised the need to continue a dialogue on issues of democracy and development. This consensus was reached during dialogue at Masaba Hilltop hotel facilitated by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, July 21, 2011.

Economic Growth and Equity

Social Market Economy as an Alternative Approach to Poverty Reduction?

At a public dialogue organised by Makerere University Convocation (MUC) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) leading representatives from the academic as well as the political sphere discussed whether the concept of Social Market Economy could represent an alternative approach to ensure inclusive growth and poverty reduction in Uganda. They largely agreed that a mixture of free market and the creation of a social balance through state intervention in cases of market failure is the way forward.

Training Workshop for District Political Party Leaders

Strengthening the Capacity of District Political Party Leaders to Enhance Institutional Communications

With the overall aim to train elected party representatives in the understanding of political party functions and the importance of party structures in the co-ordination and recruitment of members, the Foundation for African Development (FAD) has conducted a training programme for district political party leaders from 12th to 13th July in Soroti. The two-day workshop was supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

KABAKE! – Interactive radio at grassroots level in Uganda

In Uganda like in many other African countries the radio is of enormous importance as a primary source of information for the population. This insight forms the basis for the pro-active integration of radio programs in the spectrum of KAS activities in Africa. During his visit to Northern Uganda the Deputy Secretary General of KAS, Dr. Gerhard Wahlers, got a personal impression of this type of work and could experience with how much enthusiasm community members at grassroots level discuss political topics and put forward their concerns in front of radio microphones.

The Role of State and Market for Sustainable Development in Africa

Conference with former German President Horst Köhler in Kampala

At a conference organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung the former President of Germany, Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler, discussed with leading Ugandan representatives from economy, politics and civil society about the principles of the social market economy and their relevance in the Ugandan context. He accentuated his optimism regarding Uganda’s future in spite of persisting problems such as poverty and unemployment. „I see among Ugandans the willingness to face the existing problems and the confidence in their ability to solve these problems “ Köhler stated.

Reporting about Human Rights

The public dialogue in Mbale held by local representatives of politics, police, civic society and the media focused on human rights reporting as well as on concrete assaults of journalists. On basis of a theoretical training in the following workshop journalists produced stories about human rights violations on the ground.

Eastern Uganda Students Debate Gender Issues

Students Debate organised by ACFODE

The Inter–Institutions debate tournament of 9th April in Soroti was a competition between five institutions of higher learning. They included Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Kumi University, Uganda College of Commerce (UCC), the East Africa Civil Aviation Academy and the Comprehensive School of Nursing - Soroti. The debate which is part of a series was organised by ACFODE in cooperation with KAS. It was held along the theme: "Involvement of the youth in the promotion of gender equality”

Journalism and Human Rights

Public Dialogue and Workshop in Kasese

Journalists from Kasese and the surrounding districts met for a public dialogue followed by a three-day workshop to discuss the role of journalists as bearers and promoters of human rights. The lively discussion about the freedom of the press in Uganda between different stakeholders during the dialogue provided a starting point for the subsequent workshop. Journalists participating in the workshopwere trained in reporting about human rights after a theoretical briefing about investigative journalism and the concept of human rights.

New UMDF-Board Elected

The Uganda Media Development Foundation (UMDF) has elected a new Executive Board. Mr. J.B Wasswa, a media consultant and Makerere University lecturer, was elected Board President with Mr. Mpimbaza Hashaka as Vice President. Others elected were Mr. Moses Sserwanga as General Secretary, Mr. Paul Kihika as Treasurer and Ms. Joyce Tabingwa as Education Secretary. Ms. Lucy Lapoti and Mr. Collins Juuko joined the board as committee members. The elections occurred at the March 18th general meeting.

National Dialogue: Journalists as Bearers and Promoters of Human Rights

The Ugandan Context

Public dialogue organised by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and Uganda Media Development Foundation (UMDF) with support from the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)