What is useful knowledge and what may be useless knowledge

Families. Communities and Government invest a lot in training youths through formal education with the perceived end that they will become active contributors in community and family development. Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen giving a presentation at the first team workshop of our Challenging Categories Research Project. The reality is that this investment, however sustained, is … Continue reading What is useful knowledge and what may be useless knowledge

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

Dr. Ben Jones on Uganda’s category: ‘Unemployed Graduate’ (Video)

First a disclaimer. The moral situation is not wholesale grim for unemployed graduate youths that get entrusted with youth development interventions in their communities, but the general attitude amongst policy makers seems to be that graduate youths without clearly visible or defined sources of income are generally unemployed, vulnerable, in need of support, are a … Continue reading Dr. Ben Jones on Uganda’s category: ‘Unemployed Graduate’ (Video)

Dr. Ocen on Study I: Cohort of educated young women and the gendered politics of courts

Education is supposed to produce a certain level of agency.  It is supposed to help you innovate, to transform situations and to be relevant. We, the research team, want to know whether we have educated unemployed youth in rural Lango. We see people going to school, people graduating from school. We want to explore how … Continue reading Dr. Ocen on Study I: Cohort of educated young women and the gendered politics of courts

Akullo Betty on the church and gender issues induced unemployment

Our chief guest (Mr. Alex B. Okello, Permanent Secretary of the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity, Office of the President and Member of the CPAR Uganda Board of Directors), I remember when he used to work with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, they interviewed me, and I lost the job. Why did I lose the … Continue reading Akullo Betty on the church and gender issues induced unemployment

Resident City Commissioner for Lira City appreciates Challenging Categories Project

I see we have distinguished ladies and gentlemen. You will allow me to respect the protocol as we are. Good afternoon. I am delighted to be part of this programme. I was informed about this programme this morning and I prayed to God that I should have the opportunity to be part of it. I … Continue reading Resident City Commissioner for Lira City appreciates Challenging Categories Project