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2015 Emerging Leaders Forum

Engaging Youth in defining a Post-2015 Agenda that works for Africa

On 8th October 2015, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the LéO Africa Forum holds a full-day conference on how to make the sustainable development goals work for Uganda's youth.


Debating Meaningful Youth Engagement in Democratic Governance

Youth Debate in Jinja

The debate in Jinja is the first in a regional series hosted by the University Forum on Governance and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The focus of the discussion is on meaningful youth engagement in Uganda’s democratic governance and political processes.


Young Leaders Think Tank Residential Workshop

Fast tracking the country compliance of the common markets protocol (CMP)

The Young Leaders Think Tank for Policy Alternatives will hold its second residential workshop from 25th to 27th September 2015. It will work on the issue of EAC integration.


Debating Meaningful Youth Engagement in Democratic Governance

Training Workshop for Regional Youth Debate Programme

The training workshop organized by UNIFOG and KAS takes place in preparation for regional debates that will explore why youth political participation remains ineffective despite existence of an apparently supportive institutional framework.


Consolidating Democracy and Social Order through Political Coalitions

Prospects and Challenges for The Democratic Alliance (TDA)

KAS and UNIFOG are organizing a panel discussion on 22nd September which will analyse the process of pre-election coalition building. The questions to be answered deal with the impacts and chances of success for such coalitions.


The State of East Africa’s Extractives Industry

Opportunities for Inclusive Growth

The Conference is organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Cooperation with the LéO Africa Forum and will take place on 15th September 2015. It will be the fourth KAS conference which focuses on oil and gas in Uganda.


Grass Roots Citizens' Conversations

Apac and Pallisa Districts

As Uganda prepares for the 2016 elections, ACFODE in partnership with KAS will conduct grass root citizens’ conversation sessions. They will be a platform to engage in meaningful discussion with members of the community in Pallisa and Apac Districts.


Young Leaders Think Tank Residential Workshop

Youth and Participation in Agriculture; Review and Analysis of Current Policies, Development of Policy Recommendations

The “Young Leaders Think Tank for Policy Alternatives” (Think Tank) is going on a two day residential workshop in which the paper on policy recommendations in the field of agriculture will be presented, discussed, and intensively worked on.


Grass Roots Citizens' Conversations

Kiboga District

As Uganda prepares for the 2016 General elections, ACFODE in partnership with KAS will conduct grass root citizens’ conversation sessions. They will be a platform to engage in meaningful discussion with members of the community in Kiboga District.


Eastern Regional Youth Leadership Training

KAS and the NYC organize a “Regional Youth Leadership Forum” with the aim to provide a regional platform for youth representatives from the regions to build their leadership skills and strengthen their capacity to contribute to Uganda's development.

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Exploring community-based approaches to addressing cattle rustling in Karamoja region.

While there is still much work to be done in addressing the underlying causes of cattle rustling in the Karamoja region, community-based approaches offer a promising way forward that emphasises the importance of local engagement and participation.

Perspectives from Grassroots Migration Agenda Dialogues in Jinja, Pallisa and Manafwa districts.

The externalization of labor to the Middle East has been a common practice for decades, but why, when and how migration takes place is what is of fundamental concern. KAS Uganda conducted grassroots dialogues on the topic within three districts. Here are some bottom-up viewpoints.

Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda Thomas Tayebwa as guest

Prospects for cooperation with the East African country

From March 27 to 31, we hosted a delegation of parliamentarians from Uganda. The main purpose of this delegation trip was a joint exchange, among other things on joint cooperation between the EU and Uganda.

Peacebuilding Lessons for South Sudan from Northern Uganda

Yei-Okere Peacebuilding Initiative

Drawing a parallel between Okere, a small community that found itself in the wrath of war and civil strife for over three decades and now trying to rebuild itself, and Yei which is currently in the storm of such challenges, we thought it worthwhile as KAS, YAMORA, and Okere City to exchange lessons, networks, and strategies for advocacy, organizing and lobbying with local leaders in Yei, South Sudan.

Refugee Welfare Councils (RWCs) as Spaces for Political Participation of refugees in Uganda

Refugee Welfare Councils

While the official intention had been to bring together refugees and nationals to foster refugee and host community relations, RWCs have now emerged as important instruments for improving service delivery, facilitating community organizing, strengthening identity, and driving political participation among refugees in Uganda.

An Overview of Uganda’s Migration Profile

Public Dialogue at Makerere University

On Wednesday 7th December we set out to Makerere University for a public dialogue on the state of migration in Uganda. A youth engagement, we hoped to provide more information, correct misconceptions, and inspire their scholarly pursuits. Most curious about Karamoja and the increasing presence of homeless Karamajongs on the streets around them, critical about the government’s capacity to meet the refugee policy’s demands, the 174 students we met up with were an intelligent and challenging crowd for our panelists. The panelists included; Edgar Mwine, an Huduma fellow, and Migration Expert, Sheila Nsekanabo, a researcher at the Centre for Multilateral Affairs, Natasha Hadijjah Sebunya, an Artist and Writer, Lomilou Lucious, a Programme Manager at Mercy Corps, and Ian Katusiime, a journalist at the Independent Magazine. The public dialogue was moderated by Ojok Okello, the founder, and CEO of Okere City.

Musings on Emigration in Uganda at the Kampala Geopolitics Conference

Emigration in Uganda

One of the topics that were discussed at the 2022 Kampala Geopolitics Conference focused on understanding the emigration trends in Uganda. It was moderated by Ojok Okello, the founder of Okere City. He was joined by: Frank Nuwagaba, a Migration Officer at the Uganda Ministry of Internal Affairs; Agnes Igoye, a migration expert from IGAD; Barbara Maureen, an investigative journalist at the African Institute for Investigative Journalism (AIIJ); and Mutyaba Michael, a scholar, and researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

“We Know Better How to Tackle Cattle Rustling” - Abim Residents

Grassroots Migration Agenda

Alongside our partners GAIN-Uganda and ADYOFU, KAS on Thursday 21st October 2022 implemented its grassroots migration agenda meeting with the Ethur, the residents of the Abim district located in the Karamoja sub-region to discuss how to tackle cattle rustling, a vice that has riddled progress in the sub-region for decades.

The Portrait of Migration in the Northern Uganda City of Lira

Alongside our partners GAIN-Uganda and the Lira NGO Forum, KAS on Friday 22nd October 2022 implemented its grassroots migration agenda.

However one sees it, the migration portrait in Lira City is a mixed one, punctuated with many challenges as well as opportunities. How to widen the base for opportunities and shrink the challenges is a question local politicians and communities have to answer! 

Self-Settled Urban Refugees in Kampala and Labor Market Dynamics

On 06th October 2022 at the MCI Media Hub, we convened a discussion together with the African Centre for Trade and Development (ACTADE) to explore pathways and opportunities towards integrating urban refugees and migrants into Uganda’s labor market.

The event attracted 28 participants that included urban refugees and migrants (main participants), academia, International agencies, civil society (working with migrants and refugees), and the private sector. Organizations and companies that attended included Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), IOM, Refugee Law Project, Refugee Talent Group, Vision Fund, Opportunity Bank, Young African Refugees for Integrated Development (YARID), International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), among others.