A week ago I was in Istanbul at the 8th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). GFMD is an informal UN initiative that aims to address the interconnectedness between migration and development. The first two days of the forum involved two hundred and eighty delegates from Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and a hundred people th from government. We heard directly … [Read more...]
In God’s name?
I was born and brought up as a Christian and although I was aware of religious differences in Uganda, I was also taught tolerance. Just as well, for you see I come from a large family and within that family are Christians, Muslims, Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventists etc. This tolerance was not limited to my family but appeared to be the norm certainly within the education … [Read more...]
Uganda’s Anti-homosexuality bill: What do we know?
If you have been following news about Uganda, you will by now be aware that the legislators of that country finally passed the anti homosexuality bill. By way of background the anti-homosexuality bill was first proposed in 2009 by Ugandan MP David Bahati who argued that homosexuality was alien to Uganda’s cultural and religious beliefs and was a threat to the … [Read more...]
What is the definition of terrorism?
In the aftermath of events at the Westgate shopping Mall in Nairobi Kenya there is an awful lot of soul searching and reflection as to how this could have happened, who knew what as well as what happens now. Further questions are to do with what impact if any these attacks will have on Somalis who call Kenya home and community cohesion broadly. I too, found myself in a … [Read more...]
The Guardian and the Daily Monitor: A tale of two papers
In May this year the Ugandan Police raided the offices of the Daily Monitor a respected Ugandan newspaper was raided by the Police and shut down for a few days because its editors had published something that government didn't want in the public domain. As you can imagine there was outrage both in Uganda and within the international community as evidenced in these articles from … [Read more...]
Human Rights for Gay people in Uganda in the light of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill
In this post I would like to share with you an essay I wrote in the Human Rights class I attended a few months ago- here is s synopsis The essay considers whether human rights are a western idea or are capable of transcending culture through a case study of the of human rights of gay people in Uganda in the light of the anti-homosexuality bill. It sets out the situation in … [Read more...]
My World in 2011
The year 2011 began just like any other year. I was in Uganda and folk were afraid of going out since Al shabab had thrown bombs amongst folk watching the world cup finals at the city's rugby club. So we stayed home, lit the BBQ and sat back to take in the fireworks at Sheraton Hotel from a vantage point of our back yard. As the year unfolded it turned to be quite … [Read more...]
Should givers gain II: Ces Loftus
I thought I would revisit this topic if only to shout out a about a woman in my network I admire greatly and one of the the most generous people I know in my network. If you missed the previous post on the issue of being generous to those in your network you can catch up here Ces is the brains behind Brand Buzz. She is an avid advocate for my work and has used her … [Read more...]
VILLAGES IN ACTION 2010- is this the biggest social media story of the year?
In my last post I was on my way out to Uganda from where I am writing. But before I left I had a telephone conversation with one of the sponsors of the VILLAGES IN ACTION and CEO at Business Fights Poverty asking if I would represent his company at the conference and in return he would cover my airfare! This is someone I met by joining his online forum! I have written … [Read more...]
Ethnic Supplies and Social media
Penny Power the founder of Ecademy on Ida Horner I first met Ida at the Weybridge Ecademy meeting and was drawn to her by her sense of purpose and her drive. Ida, as you will read, it passionate, determined and very aware of the contribution she can make. Penny Power the founder of Ecademy had this to say What has inspired me about Ida is her ability to slowly and calmly … [Read more...]