Events - Uganda Office
The Kampala Geopolitics Conference - 2nd edition
The conference will feature 18 panels and will attract thousands of participants from Uganda and beyond. The targeted audience is the general public with special focus on students, ...
The Kampala Geopolitics Conference - 2nd edition
The conference will feature 18 panels and will attract thousands of participants from Uganda and beyond. The targeted audience is the general public with special focus on students, ...learn more
Youth4Policy Final Writing Workshop
Fellows of the Youth4Policy programme are meeting to finalise their writing products for submission of their research-based policy briefs.
The Age of Digital Interdependence
KAS in partnership with the Ministry of ICT is conducting a multi-stakeholder forum on the report of the UN Secretary-General's high level panel on Digital Cooperation
Dialogue on Open Government in Uganda
Trenda, Challenges and Prospects
In Partnership with the Government Citizen Interaction Centre, KAS is organizing a dialogue on the trends, challenges and prospects of open government in Uganda
ACFODE National Women's Conference
ACFODE holds their national women's conference
Private Sector Forum
In partnership with Centre for Development Alternatives and representative bodies of the private sector, KAS is holding a Private Sector Forum to reflect on the challenges of unemployment and curbed economic growth in Uganda.
Kampala Geopolitics Student Debates 2019
The Kampala Geopolitics Student Debates will offer Makerere University students exposure to numerous political views and a chance to actively question and critique common statements with debate topics cutting across contemporary, local and international geopolitics. Through outstanding performance during the course of the debates, the student-panellists can further qualify to be nominated for panels at the Kampala Geopolitics Conference 2019, taking place on the 17th and 18th of October.
Youth4Policy Research Validation Workshops
Youth4Policy Fellows are meeting with our mentors and facilitators to validate their research results from the field and to prepare their policy recommendations for their final policy briefs.
Public Symposium "East-Africa's Rising Middle Class: Challenges and Opportunities"
Uganda's middle class is growing but requisite economic opportunities must be created to match this growth. Together with Goethe-Zentrum Kampala UGCS, we will organise a pubic symposium at Makerere University on the 16th of August to discuss the challenges and opportunities of a rising middle class. Besides awarding the winners of a Photo Contest – presenting lived realities of Kampala’s Middle Class – we are looking forward to a lively symposium discussing East-African perspectives on the Middle Class with the following panellists: Milton Ayoki (UG), Yamara-Monika Wessling (DE) and James Muriuki (KE).
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BOOK REVIEWS - EXIT WEST
“I can understand it,” [Nadia] said.“Imagine if you lived here. And millionsof people from all over the world suddenlyarrived.”
COMMENTARY REFUGEES ARE HUMAN NOT A BURDEN
Uganda has been commended internationally for hosting thousands of refugees from neighbouring countries.Today, the majority of refugees in Uganda come from South Sudan, at 73%, and the DRC, at about 19% ofthe total number of refugees. The remaining percentage consists of Burundians, Somalis and others. As atJanuary 2018, the total number of refugees in the country was 1,411,794. The Government of Uganda hasalso announced that it “is considering a request” from Israel to relocate at least 500 African refugees, mostlyEritreans and Sudanese, from Israel to Uganda.
GENDER AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
An October 2017 UN WomenBrief on the RohingyaRefugee Crisis Response inBangladesh, East Asia, painted, indetailed and grim exposés, thegender dynamics in this refugeecrisis. The Rohingya, an ethnicgroup a small percentage of whomare Muslims, face one of themost terrible humanitarian crisestoday. The UN High Commissioneron Human Rights described thesituation as a textbook example ofethnic cleansing.
GLOBAL REFUGEES WELCOME INDEX 2016
The 2016 Refugees Welcome Index, the first ever such index, showed several variances. Refugees Welcome Index measured levels of acceptance for refugees for the very first time. The index was based on a global survey commissioned by Amnesty International carried out by strategy consultancy firm, GlobeScan.
HOW PHYSICAL ASSAULT, EXPLOITATION AND SEXUAL HARASSEMENT FOLLOW WOMEN INTO REFUGEE SETTLEMENTS
Late in 2016, a heavily pregnant Anna Lakong fledthe civil war in South Sudan. Her husband belongedto one of the fighting groups, so he escorted her tothe border. He did not continue with the journey intoUganda but returned to South Sudan, to fight.
IS UGANDA’S REPUTATION AS A REFUGEE PARADISE AT STAKE?
UGANDA HAS HAD A LONGHISTORY OF HOSTINGPEOPLE WHO ARE FLEEINGUPHEAVALS IN THEIRCOUNTRIES. IN THE 1930SAND EARLY 1940S, THECOUNTRY HOSTED INNYABYEYA, KOJJA ANDARAPAI REFUGEE CAMPSEUROPEAN AND ARABREFUGEES DISPLACED BYWORLD WAR II, INCLUDINGITALIAN PRISONERS OFWAR, WHO WERE HOUSED INENTEBBE.
NUTRITION AND HEALTH ISSUES IN A UGANDAN REFUGEE SETTLEMENT COMMUNITY
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there is a clear link between nutrition and public health. Communicable diseases brought on in part by malnutrition are responsible for millions of preventable deaths each year. Mass population movements can result in high rates of malnutrition, sickness and death.
PROTECTING FEMALE REFUGEES AGAINST SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) isendemic among the refugee communities,largely because of the patriarchal societythey come from. The January 2018statistics from World Vision Uganda’s West NileRefugee Response Situation showed that 82% ofSouth Sudanese refugees in Uganda are womenand children, and because of their disadvantagedposition in society, they face more risks of abusethan their male counterparts.
THE REFUGEE CRISIS - A CHALLENGE FOR UGANDA
By the end of 2016, the numberof displaced people around theworld had risen to 65.6 million,an increase of 300,000 on theyear before, and the largest numberever recorded, according to the UNRefugee Agency, UNHCR. To put thislarge number in perspective, one shouldnote that it is more than the populationof the United Kingdom or almost twicethe population of Uganda.
THE TRAIL OF TEARS
THE HARROWING PLIGHT OF SUDANESE FEMALE REFUGEES
Our writer, Brian Mutebi, undertook a field trip to Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe district, at the Uganda-South Sudan border. The settlement is home to thousands of refugees from South Sudan who fled their country after the outbreak of civil war. In this article he compiled the harrowing stories of refugee women in the encampment.
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