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This past year, Uganda has made great strides towards promoting transparency in the extractive industries. Indeed, Uganda has joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the global standard for transparency in oil, gas, and mining. However, the EITI global body is failing to...
Growing up in rural Uganda in Mpondwe village, Rwenzori subregion, I enjoyed swimming with my peers in Mpondwe river which flows from Mount Rwenzori. This was typical of village life. We would innocently dive in the deep water, oblivious of the risks and swim, forgetting any other chores we had for...
On Sunday 11th April 2021, oil companies and the governments of Uganda and Tanzania signed three accords: a tariff and transportation agreement, shareholding agreement, and Host Government Agreement. The signing of these paves the way for the development of key oil infrastructure projects, such as...
Water points are favorite play areas for children in rural areas. The pull could be because of the joy of drinking water that is clean and safe, the fascination of watching it fill up buckets, or simply splashing it all over the place. Five-year-old Wini (Juba Arabic for Winnie) is no exception on...
It’s 2021 and schools have to re-open after a mandatory lockdown was imposed on all institutions across the country, which was meant to curb the spread of Covid-19. Uganda, like the rest of the world, experienced the Covid-19 pandemic and its disruptive effects on people’s lives. Women and men in...
Food connects all of us and other living things. In fact, there is no living thing on earth that doesn’t eat. This means that everyone needs food at all times. Thus food needs to be available, accessible, affordable, safe, and of preference to the individuals that need it. However, with the rising...
Uganda found commercial oil in 2006. But only now is the country readying itself for the Final Investment Decision. The FID, expected this March or thereabouts, is the point in the capital project planning process when the decision to make major financial commitments by oil companies is taken...
The news that the government of Kenya had banned maize from Uganda because of high levels of mycotoxins was received with mixed reactions. Many people rushed to politicize the move and blame Kenya for the action. Such action is not new to Uganda as it has on some occasions, like in 2020, faced the...
Authors: Joseph O. Olwenyi, Caroline Avan, Henrique Alcenca Home to the 4th largest oil reserves in sub Saharan Africa, Uganda is on the verge of joining the club of oil producing countries. But to reap sufficient fiscal benefits from the project and avoid massive tax avoidance, it will have to...
International Women’s Day was on 8 March 2021 and with it, a reminder that Uganda and the world at large are still struggling with the issues that have for long slowed down the success of women. In 2020, the coronavirus lockdown demonstrated the day-to-day hardships that women face in their lives...

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