More than 65 percent of Uganda’s youth are unemployed, and various organizations have trained thousands to start their own businesses. Some young people say they need capital rather than training to become entrepreneurs, but an economist argues that “the right attitude and business management skills” are the most important factors.
Winnie Kiiza, the first female opposition leader in Uganda’s parliament, plans to go after laws that allow President Yoweri Museveni to remain in power, decades after he first took it. In a Q&A with GPJ, she explains how she’ll do it and why she thinks female politicians face tougher criticism than do the men.
As refugees from South Sudan pour into Uganda, children are suffering from a lack of access to education and other basic needs. But one woman, a refugee herself, is leading efforts to ensure that children continue to learn.
Uganda’s laws and occasional police raids have been inadequate in keeping children from working in artisanal gold mines, and as many as 30 percent of those who labor in that sector are children, according to one report. Health and other hazards abound, but some parents at the mines argue that children should be allowed to work with them, because they lighten the burden and help to provide vital income.
Plawaste Recycling Company’s new plant in Mbarara district, 175 miles from the capital of Kampala, will build on the company’s ongoing work to train communities in waste management. Plawaste produces, on average, 44 tons of recycled material per month, and local Ugandan people will reap a financial benefit by selling their used plastics to the plant.
More than a century after Indians first arrived in Uganda as indentured slaves, racial tension between them and black Ugandans persist. Indians are a key part of the Ugandan economy, but still, encounters between the two groups can escalate into violence.
More than 200,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Uganda since the conflict-prone country experienced a fresh wave of fighting in July. The large number of refugees has overwhelmed available resources, and many in the Pagirinya settlement in northwestern Uganda are among those without food and promised plots of land.
Curvy women have long been the standard of beauty, but international media’s influence is changing that and leading to a rise in eating disorders among non-Caucasian Africans. Girls especially lack the energy to concentrate in school and are sleeping and fainting in class.
An estimated 48,000 Ugandans have returned home in recent months from South Sudan, where many operated businesses. Violence in South Sudan has crippled that country’s economy and forced small business owners to abandon their investments.
A plan to remove road humps, also known as speed bumps, throughout the East African country will better accommodate transport trucks that move through the region, but could result in more traffic accidents.