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The Tragedy of Natural Resources Dependent Pastoral Communities: A case of Teso-Karamoja Border Land Conflict

"This research sought to establish the linkages between land scarcity, security and ethnic conflict among the Itesot and the Karimojong in Katakwi- Moroto districts and identify options on how to resolve the conflict. Katakwi district is occupied...

Monitoring and Assessing the Performance of Local Government Councils in Uganda: Background, Methodology and Score Card

"The objective of this paper is to provide general background information and analysis upon which comprehensive monitoring of local councils is conceptualized and undertaken. The paper is based on a comprehensive review of existing literature on ...

Monitoring Legislative Representation: Environmental Issues in the 7th Parliament of Uganda

"The study sought to assess the effective legislative representation or performance of individual MPs, the committee on the Environment and Natural Resources and the entire 7th Parliament on Environmental matters. The utility of this initiative is...

Deepening Democracy in Uganda Legislative and Administrative Reforms Ahead of the 2011 Elections

"This policy briefing paper presents a summary of findings from a study on the legal and administrative reforms that the Government needs to undertake in order to facilitate the proper functioning of a multiparty political system in Uganda. In Jul...

The Functioning of a Multiparty System in Local Government Challenges of a Transition from the Movement System in Uganda

"The paper argues that since Uganda is grappling with the challenge of deepening democracy under a new multiparty dispensation, the functioning of multi-party in local governments should be given adequate attention. It is important therefore to ra...

Gifted by Nature, Disposessed by Parliament: The Plight of Mpungu Community in Kanungu District

"The purpose of this briefing paper is three fold: First, the paper provides information to the policy makers and particularly Parliament on the illegality of its resolution that formally alienated and gazetted the six villages of Mpungu Parish i...

Uganda’s National Budget 2010/2011: How Strategic are the Budget Priorities?

The debate came three weeks after Hon. Bbumba read her 2010/2011 budget speech before Parliament. The theme of the budget was “Strategic Priorities to Accelerate Growth, Employment and Socio-Economic Transformation for Prosperity”. Now, long gone ...

Decentralisation: A Good Thing Being Abused?

"Various official documents enjoin local government units to help enhance effective and transparent governance in Uganda. Decentralisation is the policy under which local governments operate. Local governments here refer to district councils, city...

Politics of Patronage and Religion in Uganda

"The 9th State of the Nation Platform meeting held on June 4, 2010 debated the “ Role of Religious Leaders in Promoting and Sustaining Democracy and Good Governance in Uganda: Towards the 2011 Elections and Beyond.” Bishop Zac Niringiye, the assi...

The East Africa Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Development

"This is a synthesis report of the proceedings of the East Africa Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Development which took place in Jinja-Uganda from the 28th -29th June 2006. The Conference brought together senior level officials fr...

Transforming Uganda’s Public Policy, Economy and Politics; What We Must Do to Make Uganda Better

"It is quite common to hear Ugandans complain, quite reasonably, about the poor delivery of public services and goods. They do not like what they see in their hospitals (rotten facilities and not enough drugs), in their schools (crowded classrooms...

In Defense of Farmers and Community Rights: Justifying their Inclusion in Uganda's Plant Variety Protection Legislation

"This paper has highlighted how the protection of farmers’ and community rights in the plant variety protection legislation can help in terms of achieving agro-biodiversity conservation and enrichment, food security, national security and poverty ...

From Concept to Action: The Protection and Promotion of Farmers' Rights in East Africa

"The importance of plant genetic resources and the need to conserve and sustainably utilize them has been the subject of many regional and international discussions in the last two and a half decades. The thrust of these discussions has centered n...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda: Soroti District Council Score-Card Report 2009/2010

"The report examines how the actions of Soroti District Local Government Council impact on the quality of service delivery in the district. By focusing on the political side of the local government system, the Local Government Councils Score Card ...

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda: Nebbi District Council Score-Card Report 2009/2010

"This district report provides evidence-based policy options needed to improve the role of Nebbi District Local Government Council in the delivery of public services and the deepening of democracy and accountability in Uganda. By focusing on the p...

Examining the Nexus Between Nature, Wealth and Power in the Lake George Fishery: The Case of Mayor Actors in the Fish Product Chain

"In this briefing paper, we present preliminary observations on the extent of degradation of fishery resources on Lake George, the structure of actors engaged in exploitation of the fisheries as well as key factors determining winners and losers i...

Uganda Local Government Councils Score Card Report 2008/9: A Comparative Summary of Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations

"This briefing paper presents a compressed summary of the findings and analysis of the first LGCSC assessment conducted in 10 districts and published in the main synthesis report. The 10 districts 4 which are spread evenly across the country were ...

Uganda National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan: The Crisis in Uganda's Biodiversity Policy Making Process

"It is important to recognize that Uganda's efforts to transform her economy, social services and politics are directly tied to the fate of our biological resources. Uganda's stock of biological diversity including forests, wildlife, wetlands, mic...

Promoting Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture through Facilitated Access to Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Understanding the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing

"This paper has been prepared to contribute to the understanding of the operation of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing (herein after referred to as the Multilateral System) and the opportunities it offers in promoting food secu...

Political Parties, Political Change and Environmental Governance in Uganda: A Review of Political Parties Manifestos

"This paper argues that political parties are going to be the main power blockers in the new political dispensation under a multiparty political system including making important decisions over the management and utilization of the environment and...

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