A ‘Big Man’ in Kwania whose philosophy is “don’t get used to free things”

My grandfather, abaa dwong Otim Raymond, is a very interesting man. He decided to add to his name: ”Gi Nono Pe Nayi”, meaning: "don’t get so used to free things." He even marked most of his assets like chairs, benches and others, with his new name, "Gi Nono Pe Nayi Otim Raymond." He did so, … Continue reading A ‘Big Man’ in Kwania whose philosophy is “don’t get used to free things”

Video – MD’s Weekly Episode 1 – Challenging Categories Project Up-date

“As the Managing Director of CPAR Uganda, I am delighted to share with you that our innovative, cutting age, research and advocacy project is off the ground. We have been in the field for about four months now collecting data on the whole idea of challenging categories – educated unemployed youth as institutional innovators in … Continue reading Video – MD’s Weekly Episode 1 – Challenging Categories Project Up-date

Oluka on the changing requirements for being a ‘big man’ among Kumam

Initially in Kumam culture, being a ‘big man’ was earned from inheritance. For example, when the father died, it was the first borne male child who inherited the cattle riches; owned all of the land that was his father’s. He took over the position of the late father and automatically he became a 'big man' … Continue reading Oluka on the changing requirements for being a ‘big man’ among Kumam

Aguti observes how the ‘Big Man’ in Teso is one who can ‘shake mangoes’

Some time ago, as I was growing up, as a young girl, a ‘big man’ in Teso was classified as one who possessed a lot of wealth in form of large herds of livestock; extensive land; married many wives; had homesteads and granaries of food stuffs; and had produced many children. This has changed in … Continue reading Aguti observes how the ‘Big Man’ in Teso is one who can ‘shake mangoes’

Dr. Jones’ empirical research brings positive impact on our daily lives

We, at CPAR Uganda, are privileged to work closely with Dr. Ben Jones, a lecturer in development studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA). For a two year period 2021 to 2023, Dr. Jones is the Principal Investigator for our research and policy advocacy project: "Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youth as Institutional Innovators in … Continue reading Dr. Jones’ empirical research brings positive impact on our daily lives

James Opolo on how hard work earned him ‘big man’ status

In 2017, I was appointed the secretary to our small clan system called ‘DOGOLA’. During that time when the Chief was making his appointment for me to be on his cabinet, some elders said: “the position of the secretary needs someone who is matured and married.” And since I was not married, those elders were … Continue reading James Opolo on how hard work earned him ‘big man’ status

My problem was not only saving but also how to spend, tips Acio Sharon

“I realized that my problem was not only saving but also how to spend it too. I would just throw money without accountability but from the mentorship program I stopped doing misdirected priorities.”Acio Sharon Enon, CPAR Uganda Innovator This tip on the culture of savings that was given by our CPAR Uganda Innovators – young … Continue reading My problem was not only saving but also how to spend, tips Acio Sharon

Innovators share tips on how and why you should adopt a culture of saving

“How I wished I got the knowledge before completing school, am sure savings from my pocket money would have done something for me at the moment. I wasted money. But, as they say: better late than never,” wrote Mercy Acen after participating in the training for our first module, “Understanding Poverty in Rural Uganda” of … Continue reading Innovators share tips on how and why you should adopt a culture of saving