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The City is our Space!

Challenges and possibilities of cities as social and democratic spaces

The LaBa! Arts Festival and KAS will host a common panel discussion on the theme “The City is our Space - Challenges and possibilities of cities as social and democratic spaces”, followed by a showing of the movie "Kapeke Town".

Workshop

Political Ideology and the Ugandan Context

The workshop will give politically active Ugandan youth the possibility to learn about the issue of political ideologies and discuss if Uganda needs an ideological framework and what this could look like, or if it should rather focus on contents.

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Creating an Enabling Environment for Professional Journalism in Uganda

The Role of Media Owners and Managers

The conference organised by the Uganda Media Development Foundation (UMDF) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung will bring together media owners and journalists, who discuss how an enabling work environment for the latter can be provided by the former.

Lecture

Africa Rising!

Challenges, Opportunities, and Prospects for Sustainable Economic Transformation

The lecture is a platform for examining Uganda’s prospects for sustained economic transformation in the face of newly emerging challenges. It will be given by Prof. Charles Kwesiga, Executive Director of the Uganda Industrial Research Institute.

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Launch of IYOP Communiqué on Youth and Development in Uganda

The Interparty Youth Platform (IYOP) launches its communiqué from the first Interparty Youth Conference held in July 2013. It states the key policy directions proposed by young people concerning the topics that have the biggest impact on the youth.

Discussion

“Education for All or Education for Success: Two Mutually Exclusive Options?”

Inter-party Public Dialogue

The debate brought together youth representatives of seven political parties, who discussed the issue of education, one of the most central issues affecting youth specifically and national development as a whole.

Discussion

‘Promoting Leadership Advancement of Young Talents’

Student Leadership Debate at Makerere University

The debate offered young aspirants for student leadership at Makerere University the opportunity to reflect on their qualities and display their talents as future leaders in Ugandan politics, economy, and society.

Workshop

Capacity Enhancement Sessions for Women in Local Politics, Pallisa District

Women in local councils face many challenges they have to overcome in order to effectively represent their constituents. The workshop brought together 30 female politicians and aimed to strengthen their skills and capacities as local councillors.

Lecture

ACCESS TO BUSINESS FINANCE: HURDLE OR OPPORTUNITY FOR SMEs IN UGANDA?

Public Lecture by Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile - Governor of the Uganda Central Bank

The lecture discusses the regulatory framework for SME financing in Uganda. SMEs are indisputably essential for economic transformation but Uganda still lacks specific policies to address their financing and promotion.

Lecture

The International Justice System and its Relevance to the Rule of Law in Africa

Public Lecture by Hon. Justice Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko, Appeals Judge at the ICC

On the background of intense discussions including from the Ugandan political leadership accusing the ICC of bias the lecture will explore how international justice instruments offer a relevant framework for strengthening the rule of law in Africa.

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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.