Fifty years after independence, genuine democracy continues to elude Uganda. After decades of brutal dictatorships and autocratic rule, current president Yoweri Museveni restored the world’s hope for peace and prosperity when he took power in January 1986 and embarked on a series of political and economic reforms.
Today, twenty-six years later, Uganda once again faces a restrictive political environment, flawed electoral processes, and an apathetic citizenry. At the same time, over the past five years, a cross-section of civil society organizations has led the effort to mobilize greater civic participation in political accountability processes.
In his presentation, Frank Rusa Nyakaana explored the opportunities and challenges faced by Ugandan civil society groups in their struggle for political accountability. He offered his perspectives on the way forward, as well as recommendations for international development practitioners, civil society, and the Ugandan government.
His presentation was followed by comments by Eric Robinson.
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