News Roundup - August 21, 2013
Our second post in an ongoing series.
Makerere University strike turns to an indefinite closure, police took over the property, staff and the Government respond
Norbert Mao, Ugandan DP leader, and the UN, among many others, condemn the passing of The Public Order Management Bill, which restricts political conversations between three or more individuals without government permission.
Historicizing the Public Order Management Bill just passed in Uganda: http://angeloizama.com/2013/08/06/musical-chairs-history-amin-and-public-order-in-uganda/
Makerere students protest the Public Order Management Bill and the larger context of a now-shutdown Makerere University: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/13+Makerere++Kyambogo+students+held+over+demo/-/688334/1960052/-/drp8ru/-/index.html
Higher Education Bill tabled: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Higher+education+loans+bill+tabled/-/688334/1962248/-/15hkh9d/-/index.html
Uncertainty for Victoria University students after its accreditation was suspended in response to legislation proposed to further criminalize homosexuality in Uganda: http://www.monitor.co.ug/artsculture/Reviews/What+next+for+Victoria+University+students+/-/691232/1960390/-/h74hui/-/index.html
Students develop an app for pain-free malaria tests: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/08/ugandan-app-for-pain-free-malaria-test/
Kyambogo University loses land to developer: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Kyambogo+University+loses+land+to+developer/-/688334/1961798/-/ro7yl9z/-/index.html
A coalition of 40 civil-society groups petition the Speaker of Parliament over maternal deaths:http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/645883-kadaga-petitioned-over-maternal-deaths.html
Students win the top prize at Orange’s Community Innovations Award competition for their app sharing agricultural information across Uganda: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/645889-students-create-agro-market-mobile-app-in-orange-competition.html
We believe in easy, open access to information. Keeping up to speed with developments in a field - especially one with which you may not otherwise be connected - is no easy task. With these two premises in mind we are inaugurating a new series of updates, a news roundup of sorts that will share what we’re reading and thinking about at the moment. Links are by no means endorsements; instead, they serve as entry points to a larger conversation we hope you will join.
This will be the beginning of an ongoing series of posts collecting news, commentary, and other media relevant to the work that we do. We’ll link mostly to education and (post) conflict related issues in northern Uganda and the region more broadly with other, related stories occasionally interspersed. We hope to serve as a forum for collecting what often feels like an overwhelming amount of information, highlighting what we’re reading in a given week or month in an easily digestible format.
Think we missed an important piece in the roundup? Let us know in the comments!
Commentary (and dissenting voices) on a new, much-discussed report by Resolve on a weakened LRA: http://www.irinnews.org/report/98509/lra-weaker-than-it-has-been-in-at-least-20-years
Government to charge interest on student loans: http://www.observer.ug/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26111&Itemid=114
The World Bank makes a significant policy shift and emphasizes the need for investment in higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/644758-university-education-the-new-world-bank-darling.html
Commentary on Caesar Acellam’s June 28th public address, including his story of defection: http://justiceinconflict.org/2013/07/31/a-rebels-escape-an-lra-commander-tells-his-story/
Ugandan Army accused of land grabbing in Lamwo District: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Army-accused-of-grabbing-graves/-/688334/1930960/-/12t1u9f/-/index.html
President Museveni warns teachers against participating in a planned, nation-wide strike: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/644982-don-t-strike-museveni-tells-teachers.html
Government embarks on expanding six universities and two degree-awarding institutions: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/644811-govt-to-expand-universities.html
Makerere Students Win Microsoft Women’s Empowerment Award: http://allafrica.com/stories/201307190079.html
Dr. Alcinda Honwana on “Youth, Waithood, and Protest Movements in Africa” (full transcript and introductory remarks for the International Africa Institute’s 2013 Lugard Lecture): http://www.internationalafricaninstitute.org/lugard.html