Uganda has once again been put under lockdown after the 3rd wave of Covid-19 hit the country. This is very unfortunate news for its education sector. Education is the first step for people to gain the knowledge, critical thinking, empowerment and skills needed to make the world a better place. In Uganda, it is perhaps one of the most affected areas thanks to the pandemic. Our correspondent, Martha Nalukenge paints a vivid picture for us on how the virus severely affected the country.
Many people usually go into politics for the money and the power. Next year there will be elections in Kenya and our hope is that a new breed of politicians will emerge, those who will work for the benefit of the electorate. One of them might possibly be Saadia Rao. Thanks to her selfless acts, people have been encouraging her to stand for an elective seat. This is because they believe that she can make a positive difference. She talked to Vice Versa Global’s Cynthia Omondi.
Op vrijdagmiddag 25 juni vindt de volgende editie van het Wereld Café plaats. We gaan het dan hebben over onderwerpen als zuidelijk leiderschap en lokalisering van de ontwikkelingsagenda. Te gast zijn de twee hoogste ambtenaren in Nederland op het gebied van ontwikkelingssamenwerking: Kitty van der Heijden en Birgitta Tazelaar. En online doen professionals van organisaties uit het Zuiden aan het gesprek mee, waaronder Rachael Mwikali (Grassrootactiviste en feministe) en Charles Kojo vanDyck (West-Africa Civil Society Institute).
East Africa Youth are a young, energetic and curious group of people. If we as East Africa invested in harnessing their potential, then the region would attain most, if not all, of its development goals. However, they are faced with numerous challenges. Is the East Africa Youth Parliament the savior?
De ‘independent food systems dialogues’ zijn een goed initiatief, maar Nederland kan meer doen om diversiteit, inclusiviteit en échte duurzaamheid centraal te stellen in internationale afspraken over de toekomst van voedsel en landbouw. Dat schrijven Nout van der Vaart (Oxfam Novib), Nathalie van Haren (Both ENDS) en Stefan Schüller (Both ENDS) in deze opiniebijdrage.
How you tell a story can build or destroy the world. Eunice Mwaura, coordinator of Vice Versa Global talks about the power of a positive narrative, three months after the establishment of this platform. Through it, great untold stories have been brought to the fore. Positive remarkable stories that have invoked social change.
Today on Upclose With Eva Nakato the story of a bold gentleman who saved many lives of people living with HIV during the Lockdown by delivering antiretroviral drugs (ARV’s) to them using a bicycle! Watch the inspirational story of Hillary Nuwamanya, a young person living with HIV himself, on the Vice Versa Global YouTube Channel.
Next week it will be 40 years since the first cases of what would later be called AIDS were reported. Yet after all this time, the issue of stigmatization still exists. Vice Versa columnist Eva Nakato knows exactly what it means to live with the stigma, having been born with HIV. She shares with us her personal experience, how she overcame them, the lessons learnt along the way and what she’s teaching her son.
In Europe and other Western countries, biker clubs are normally associated with criminal gangs and other social evils. However, in Uganda, a bikers club from Masaka is actually helping out in the community through several social outreach programs. Vice Versa Global’s Martha Nalukenge sought to find out more about them and what drives them. ‘We ride with vision and mission.’
Emmanuel Alie Mansaray recently became a social media sensation in the West African country of Sierra Leone. This is after his invention of a solar-powered engine car was spotted on the streets of Freetown. His innovative solar car hit the headlines not only in his home country, but also internationally, leaving many people amazed by his outstanding creativity. So, who exactly is this young man and what is the force behind his passion for inventions?
In de reeks over wat er qua ontwikkelingssamenwerking in het regeerakkoord hoort te komen, is het woord aan Leon Willems, directeur van Free Press Unlimited. ‘Veel van de gestelde prioriteiten hebben meer met public relations en profilering van Nederland te maken, dan dat ze zoden aan de dijk zetten.’
Residents of Kibera in Nairobi woke up to a morning of destruction and mourning after flesh floods swept through the area. This has become a common occurrence in the area every time it rains and it’s about time long lasting solutions were effected. The most practical solution is we plant trees instead of houses along the river banks. Vice Versa Global’s own Nicera Wanjiru, who grew up and resides in Kibera, narrates her experience on that particular day.