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UECD Switzerland Newsletter


# 4 - Autumn 2016

Dear members, students, supporters, and friends,

A year has passed, a lot has happened. In this UECD newsletter – the fourth edition – you’ll learn about the newest developments within our organization as well as about recent news in Uganda. Moreover, we’ve done a short interview with one of our students: Patience Arinaitwe.

Enjoy reading!

The UECD Board, Switzerland

News from Uganda

Headlines and Stories  


The eternal President
Mr Museveni has held power for 30 years and Mr Besigye, a former ally, has spent half that time trying to dislodge him. February’s election was the fourth contest between the two, with the usual result. The playing field was uneven, with state institutions bent to Mr Museveni’s will: Article from the Economist 
 
Uganda affected by crisis in South Sudan
More than 70,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border with Uganda since fighting erupted in July. Most of those fleeing South Sudan are women and children.
Due to insufficient funding, the UN and the Ugandan government recently had to cut food rations amid the unprecedented influx of refugees. Uganda hosts the largest number of South Sudanese refugees in Africa, more than 373,000. Al Jazeera reports.
 
Tax collection in Kampala: A success story
It is five years since the creation of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), a new executive body charged with improving services in the city. One of its first priorities was to overhaul tax collection – with great success: Revenues have been growing at an impressive rate. From 8,9 mio $ in 2011 to 32,5 mio $ last year. This represent roughly one third of the authority’s total budget, and it is the necessary basis for financing better services for the Ugandan capital. A special report

UECD News

The latest from the board in Switzerland 


Annual members meeting 2016
The annual members meeting took place in April 2016 in Zurich. It was the moment to say goodbye to our long-time board member Markus Boller. Despite the many challenges related to checking budgets and dealing with the complicated world of international money transfers, Markus did an excellent job and was a key pillar of UECD’s success. Thanks a lot, Markus! We are happy that you remain a member of UECD Switzerland.
The members elected Lenz Rimensberger as Markus' successor in the board. As someone with both the Ugandan as well as the Swiss passport, Lenz looks like a perfect match for UECD. Members in Uganda will soon get to know him in person, as Lenz is travelling to Kampala in November.
UECD Switzerland’s members also adopted a modification of our associations’ statutes: as from now, UECD’s objectives are supplemented by the aim to support students in their efforts to integrate into the job market.
 
UECD Switzerland’s anniversary trip to Uganda
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of our association, UECD Switzerland will organize a trip to Uganda for its members. The visit will take place from 15th to 18th February 2017. Further details will be shared in due time.
 
Two new students
We warmly welcome our two new students: Catherine Tushabe, who recently started her bachelor in social work and administration at the Uganda Christian University, and Jacqueline Achiro, who pursues a bachelor in business & administration at Gulu University.
 

Organic agriculture in Uganda: Event in Zurich
UECD invites its sponsors, members, and guests to an event on organic agriculture in Uganda. Loredana Sorg, an agriculturalist working for the Swiss NGO Biovision, will be presenting some of the opportunities and challenges related to organic farming in Uganda and in East Africa. The presentation is followed by an aperitif. We’re looking forward to meeting you there.

"Corruption has been a monster among Ugandan leaders"

 

Insights from our student Patience Arinaitwe (24). She studies Social Work and Social Administration at the Uganda Christian University near Kampala.

"Uganda is a developing country. It largely depends on agriculture. In general, it imports more products than it exports. Uganda needs to improve on its agriculture in order to be able to compete with other countries. For example, farming methods should be modernized.

There is also a high level of unemployment in Uganda, especially among youth. One of the root cause has been corruption. It has been a monster among Ugandan leaders. Most funds do not reach their planned destinations.

Ugandans should therefore aim at building a corruption-free nation with strong democratic structures and systems, separated powers as well as checks and balances. People should be employed according to their qualifications and skills not according to "who knows who"."

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"What impressed me about UECD was the family spirit among its members. I was impressed by the love, care, and support among the members. There is effective communication and cooperation. For example, when Eva was in Uganda, it was like a family get-together. It was really fun.
UECD Uganda members should stay in touch after their studies in order to maintain that family spirit. And apart from meetings, there should be annual outings in order to strengthen unity and love among UECD members."

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"I was recently elected the leader of all Social work and social administration (swasa) students at my university. Being a leader, I advocate for all swasa students in the guild parliament. 
My responsiblity is to ensure that their concerns and issues are made known to the administration. I am mediator between swasa students and the administration."

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