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Bio-gas: Using cleaner renewable energy to protect the environment

It is scorching hot in Kabarongo village, deep in the green valleys of Lyatonde district. Grace Kyomugasho, a widow aged 67 years, sits on the veranda of her house. She is a local farmer here. She looks after cattle and owns banana, fruit and vegetable plantations. She has two grown children and sev more

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Fighting poverty, one sweater at a time

Suzan Ezatia, a retired teacher, runs a successful small enterprise in Nvara ward, Arua Municipality. Together with her partner, John Ondoma, also a retired teacher, the two decided to form Friends Cottage Industry, a sewing company, in 2002. Susan, who acts as the production manager, devotes all he more

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Improving accountability for government programmes through Parliamentary Outreaches

In 2008, the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, her deputy, the leader of the opposition, and several ministers and lawmakers, made their way to the central western district of Masaka to launch an outreach forum. The forum, the first of its kind in Uganda was aimed at bringing Parliament closer t more

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Increasing smallholder farmers' incomes through value addition

The early morning sun is unforgiving. But Bosco Oryem Owiny doesn’t seem to mind the heat. He is in the gardens ploughing away with his cow. As he works the machines, pushing the animal forward, sweat beads freely drip down his face.  Oryem is a rice farmer and a member of Awere Farmers Marketi more

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Infusing the Human Development Paradigm in Education

UNDP is promoting the teaching of the Human Development (HD) paradigm through introduction of a course in some universities in the country. This is creating a wealth of Ugandans who are familiar with HD concepts and philosophy. The four universities that are involved are Mbarara University of Scienc more

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Modern conservation helps farmers prosper in the drylands

In the Lyantonde district of Uganda, farmer David Muhoozi Kiseetula is seeing big changes in his harvest – and his life – after his farmers’ cooperative received a grant for education and instruction on new farming methods. “I used to harvest less than 100 kilos of maize from my garden. Today, I ha more

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Rediscovering agriculture for human development

Kabarole - The National Human Development Report and the Millennium Development Goals Progress reports have been launched at a workshop in Kabarole district. The National Development Report, entitled, ‘Rediscovering Agriculture for Human Development’, will be disseminated in all four regions of Ugan more

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Restoring the lives of war victims

Twenty six year old Nancy Auma was walking to her aunt’s home in Paicho, some 30km from Gulu town in northern Uganda, when she was forcibly abducted by rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). Back then in 1999, the LRA’s 17 year rebellion was in its tenth year. Thousands had died and as many as 1 more

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Small Grants Changing Lives: Wetland conservation of Makanaga birds' paradise changes a community

For James Ojowi, the vast Makanaga wetland in Bussi Islands, Wakiso district, was just another vast swathe of fertile land for agriculture. Every year, the 37-year-old farmer would plant cassava, potatoes, bananas, and vegetables to feed his family and to sell in the market to cater to other needs. more

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Strengthening Parliamentary oversight to improve service delivery at the local government level

MBALE - Lack of drugs in health centres, poorly maintained roads and inadequate funding to districts were some of the issues that dominated debate at the Parliamentary outreach held in Mbale town on Friday April 20-12. Over 100 representatives from 25 districts in Eastern Uganda participated in the more