Category Archives: Director’s thoughts

Reflections on the High Level Political Forum

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‘High-hype’ characterized the one year build up towards the High Level Political Forum 2016 (HLPF). Many people anticipated that since the Sustainable Development Goals process had been deeply consultative and had emanated from a largely progressive and forward looking outcome document of the United Nations General Assembly of 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, […]

The Middle Income Status or Middle Class Citizens – Which one Does Uganda Want?

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I was motivated to write this article because of a piece I saw in the Monitor Newspaper of 22nd June 2016, page 10 – ‘What does the Middle Income Status mean?’ by Matsiko Kahunga. He argued quite eloquently about the futility of statistics in describing economic phenomenon and illustrated how a country with two people, […]

Reflections on the 2016 GPSA Forum at the World Bank

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The GPSA Global Partners Forum 2016 was held in Washington DC from 19 – 20th May. Uganda National NGO Forum was honored to be one of the hundreds of practitioners from across the globe, and the social accountability landscape who attended. Sessions covered a number of topics including state-society collaboration, the 2017 World Development report […]

Reflections on the Global Partnership for Social Accountability 2016 Forum at the World Bank: Constructive Engagement and its Limits

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In my mind it was clear that while ‘constructive engagement’ is an important and good strategy that many civil society organizations use in advocacy, to make it look like it is the best option for social accountability advocacy is to depoliticize advocacy work. This was said by Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director of Uganda National […]

Building Elite Consensus in Post-Election Uganda

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Presented at NGO Leader’s Retreat 11th March 2016 Bugolobi Royal Suites Hotel Kampala By Richard Ssewakiryanga Executive Director and Global Co Chair CSO Partnership for Effective Development On the 18th February 2016 we started the electoral season and it ends in March 2016. It was a season of high energy, anticipation, name calling, music, dancing […]

The State, Health and Sustainability of Civil Society in Uganda: Reflections from History and the Present – Presented at the DGF Partnership Conference 2015 Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi, Kampala 3rd – 4th December 2015

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Introduction As people, our health is a big preoccupation.  We exercise, we eat well, we try and get enough sleep, we go through medical check-ups and much more.  We know that if we are unhealthy we are not able to live the life we want.  For organizations, health is all the above – but structured […]

Climate Change is Here: A Letter from Kampala

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Dear Pope Francis, Kampala is abuzz. The presidential election season is underway and we are busy sprucing up the city ahead of your visit here from 27 – 29 November.   The city’s residents are conducting charity walks, renovating and buying commemorative rosaries that just arrived from Rome.  Workers are re-roofing The Martyr’s Shrine, building a new arena […]

Presentation at the DGF Board discussion with NGO Board and Civil Society Organisations

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Presentation by Mr Richard Ssewakiryanga, Executive Director, Uganda National NGO Forum; at the DGF Board discussion with NGO Board and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) at the DGF Offices, Kampala, Uganda on 15th April 2015 – Civil Society in Uganda Systemic Issues for Long Term Development and Sustainability To download a copy of the presentation, please […]