Louise Eldridge and Joselyne Kirungi, Restless Development Team Leaders with International Citizen Service (ICS) in Uganda, write about how they used World Environment Day to highlight the vital issue of climate change in their local community…
Margaret Balikagala is the Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Programme Coordinator for Restless Development in Uganda. In this post for the #CoolerPlanet series, she looks at the various impacts climate change has on Uganda.
Increase in average temperatures, change in rainfall patterns and total annual rainfall amounts are the most critical climate change issues in Uganda. The implications for the Ugandan people are significant, with a change in temperature having an effect on water resources, food security, natural resource management, human health, housing and infrastructure. Meanwhile the rain causes flooding, which affects transportation, housing, social services and people’s livelihoods.
Henry Otafire is an action/2015 campaigner from Uganda and co-founded a youth-led platform called Response to African Youth Dynamics to raise a young generation that is environmentally conscious. In this longer read for the #CoolerPlanet blog series, he details the impact that Climate Change will have on Uganda and what young people all over the world can do for the planet.
As I sit down to write this blog, it is raining cats and dogs in Kampala. Heavy rains accompanied by disasters such as floods and landslides have hit the country and are expected to continue in the coming months.
Uganda just like other African countries is not exempt from the effects of climate change. Kampala is already experiencing more rains and will see more rains, with increased risk of floods and drainage problems, causing outbreaks of cholera and diarrhoea.
The second in our series of Trustee blogs from Hannah Bronwin, a previous volunteer for Restless Development and Senior Associate at multinational law firm Linklaters, who joined our International Board of Trustees for a four year term in July 2015.
Before joining Linklaters as a trainee lawyer eight years ago, I worked for 6 months in Uganda with SPW, now Restless Development [since 2010]. Then, as now, Restless Development was a dynamic organisation of passionate young volunteers who provided support for thousands of young people in the developing world to improve their livelihoods, health and civic participation. The zest and energy of the young Ugandans I met was inspiring. Their ability to triumph in the face of adversity will stay with me forever.
Ella McNab is Restless Development’s Partnerships Manager and recently visited our projects in Karamoja, Uganda. The experience brought the daily work she does to life and reaffirmed her belief in Restless Development’s youth-led approach.
When I found out I would be accompanying a Restless Development supporter to visit our projects in Karamoja, Uganda, I was both excited and apprehensive. Excited because the work Restless Development deliver in Karamoja is viewed as one of our flagship programmes. Apprehensive because the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office warns against all travel to the ‘lawless’ region which is recovering from decades of civil war.
The statistics on Karamoja are stark. Over 80 per cent of the population live below the poverty line and the region lags behind the rest of the country on all socio-economic indicators. Literacy levels are as low as 12%, and malnutrition levels are regularly higher than 10% (UNICEF Nutrition Surveys), in part due to the harsh climatic conditions in the region.
As a result, the development landscape in Karamoja is saturated and the main street in Moroto, the largest town in the area, is lined with INGOs. So what value does Restless Development add in such a crowded market? After a day with the team I felt confident in my answer, and proud of where our value lies:
Norah Omal is the Marketing and Communications Officer at Restless Development Uganda and she supported the Big Conversation by engaging Ugandan stakeholders through social media and organising meetings with Restless Alumni, partners and young people. In this blog she focuses on the outcome of Focus Group Discussions with young people, aimed at getting them thinking about the change they want to see in their communities, countries and at the global level.
In Uganda our goal was to involve as many young people as possible because they are the group being directly affected by negative sexual reproductive health outcomes, high rates of unemployment and poverty. As well as young people, we reached a mix of stakeholders, including community groups, partner and private sector organizations for a total of 511 people.