Peter Kamalingin B.L is a passionate leader, development practitioner, humanitarian worker and policy analyst devoted to finding African solutions to African problems. He has 18 years of experience in development and humanitarian work across Africa and Asia. He is the Country Director at Oxfam in Uganda. Prior to this, he was Associate Country Director at Oxfam in Somalia. He also worked at the regional Oxfam offices as Representative for Humanitarian Planning in The Horn of Africa.
Peter has worked with other INGOs at programme and policy advisor level. At CARE, he was Programme Leader- Northern Uganda. At UNDP he worked as Public Outreach Advisor in Afghanistan. He was the Action Aid Food Rights Policy Coordinator before becoming the Policy & Programme Manager-Uganda. In all these positions, he led major change processes.
He holds an MA in International Relations (UoN, Nairobi), MA Peace & Conflict Studies (EPU, Austria), BA Political Science & Public Administration (MUK, Kampala). His favorite pastime is keeping bees and tending to trees and his farm on the beautiful slopes of Mt Elgon in Eastern Uganda. .
At Oxfam in Uganda, Peter has led a transformation change process. He spearheaded the design of a new Country strategy that aims for the realization of a Ugandan society where citizens (and particularly women) across all age groups claim ands exercise their rights and responsibilities and are able to influence the decisions that affect their lives.
On this platform, Oxfam in Uganda has started to transform its partnerships, relationship and knowledge systems in such a way that it enables citizens and citizen organizations to be more influential, more aware and more assertive of their rights. From development work to humanitarian preparedness, local leadership to citizen centered campaigning, Oxfam in Uganda is convening and mobilizing different actors around issues of common interest.
Under Peter’s leadership, Oxfam in Uganda is now actively feeding into and drawing from Oxfam’s global networks and partnership in ways that maximizes impact for the poor and vulnerable people whose lives it seeks to transform. More than anything else, Peter values the agency of people in the fight against poverty – the reason why he expends much energy creating leaders more than followers both within and outside Oxfam.