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Transforming lives and local communities through business linkages in tourism and agriculture

With no money to pay for university education following his A’ levels in 1993, Eliezer Magezi, turned to bee-keeping to earn a living. He had grown up helping out his father, who had practised apiculture on a small scale, and knew he could bank his future on honey. With this dream in mind, he startemore

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Community Policing promotes peace in Karamoja Region

In Nakapelimoru village, Kotido district, two communities of cattle keepers are about to go to war, cows have gone missing! A new settlement tribe of the Turuka from Kenya is suspected of having stolen cows from the native Jie tribe. In this community cows are sacred; they are a source of pride, weamore

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Small Grants Changing Lives: New efficient charcoaling technologies save trees in Kamuli district

Eighteen years ago, Paul Kironde had no job, and no money to feed his young family of three. Producing charcoal was the only available source of income for the twenty-one-year old whose one acre of land was only big enough to produce food for the family's subsistence, leaving very little to sell to more

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A daughter's right to property

Thirteen year-old Barbara Apire lives in Boroboro village, Adekokwok sub-county, in Lira district, Northern Uganda. Barbara’s mother died of Aids-related illnesses when she was 12, leaving her in the care of an aunt. Before she died, Barbara’s mother was running a successful grain business in BoroBomore

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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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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 tmore

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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 Sciencmore

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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 Uganmore

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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 hamore

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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 sevmore