Discovering Uganda means exploring a quintessential example of the complex and unique tasks facing post-colonial African states. Indeed, the formidable project of nation-state building in Africa is clearly exemplified within the Ugandan political, economic, cultural and social context.
The development of this East African nation is beset with fascinating and complex issues that make it an exceptional case study within the East African community and the larger narrative of post-colonial Africa. The actions and philosophies of President Museveni have placed the Ugandan political system at an ideological crossroads. As his second term comes to an end, the fate of democracy and power in Uganda hang in the balance.
The civil war that continues to rage in the northern region has raised critical global issues surrounding human rights, child abduction, and the reconciliation of peace and justice on the international and domestic stage.
The conflict continues to have devastating effects on the Ugandan people, Museveni's political legitimacy, and countries in the region that have experienced increased strain due to the flow of irredentist populations. The progressive yet conflicted nature of gender rights and participation have also made Uganda a fascinating case study for understanding how activists are introducing and promoting new constructions of African feminism. As the global women's movement seeks to empower women across the African continent, Ugandan women are discovering creative methods of making this empowerment meaningful and culturally sustainable.
Ultimately, travel to Uganda means bringing to life key issues facing contemporary African states. Observing the development of a country at the forefront of many critical social justice concerns. Join us as we learn about the struggles, successes and identities of Uganda, through the eyes of the people and organizations closest to the issues!