Forth coming Event In London UK Teso Development International Conference | Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd September 2018 | De Vere Selsdom Estate Hotel, London, UK | Theme: Working Together for Sustainable Development
Targeting the Ateker youth for the first time in Karamoja issues will be discussed by our own Karamojongs and MPs of Karamoja representatives.
The Teso International Development Conference is an annual even to the Teso welfare Association. We are grateful that this year’s event is organised in collaboration with the Karamojong Community UK Foundation with the theme of the conference is Working Together for Sustainable Development.
The overall goal of the conference is to unite, collaborate, and partner with young people and women in identifying strategies for achieving sustainable development of Ateker people in the UK, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
As Karamojong in the diaspora, our focus will be to look at trends, challenges, successes and opportunities to be explored in Karamoja.
Aware that a lot of efforts have been put in place by local, national and international bodies to enhance Karamojong development, this event will provide an opportunity to reflect what has worked and what is not working in the development process of the region.
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Shaping Karamoja’s Development Agenda
By Ambrose Dbins ToolitMany decades ago, it was common to hear people joke that “we shall not wait for Karamoja to develop”, such remarks were not uttered entirely in jest but as an expression of the reality of the under developed nature Karamoja region.Karamoja historically has been viewed as a violent, backward, underdeveloped peripheral region since the colonial era. Although Uganda has achieved unprecedented socio-economic progress over the past decades with poverty declining, Karamoja has persistently remained the poorest and most underdeveloped region despite several development interventions.Based on the human development index, the region is at the bottom of the radar, with one in every two people being poor. Unlike the rest of Uganda, Karamoja presents a unique development challenge. It is a semi-arid, characterised by a combination of acute poverty and persistent famine, vulnerability to drought, poor infrastructural development and basic social service delivery, limited marketing opportunities, natural resource degradation, social-cultural marginalisation, compounded by longstanding dependency on external aid.Despite these challenges, the region is endowed with several untapped natural resources, livestock, proximity to two strategic international borders that can unlock trade opportunities. Karamoja’ s development potential has been highlighted many times yet untapped. For example, the region is considered as “the basket of Uganda’s minerals” (GOU, 2011) and “top tourist destination because of its stunning scenery and wildlife” (CNN, 2016).The core aspirations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to ensure that no one is left behind. For Karamoja region to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of socio-economic development, it requires deliberate-ambitious and collective undertaking to turn its potentials to reality and transform the region; and reach out to the most marginalized especially youth and women.To shed light on these issues, this paper titled, “Shaping Karamoja’ s Development Agenda in a Changing World: trends, challenges and opportunities for development” will be delivered by Ambrose Dbins Toolit at the 5th Annual Teso Development International Conference in London, United Kingdom.About Ambrose Dbins Toolit.A born of Karenga, Kaabong district, Karamoja region, Ambrose Dbins TOOLIT is a governance and policy analyst with well demonstrated years of professional experience in international development with the United Nations, International Development organizations and local Civil Society Organisations in Uganda, Lesotho and South Africa. He is currently working with United Nations Development Programme managing United Nations Volunteers Programme for South Africa and Lesotho.Ambrose holds an MA. International Development Studies from Kimmage Development Study Center, Dublin-Ireland. He attended Makerere University where he received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Justice (2016), a Bachelor of Adult and Community Education (2006) and a Diploma in Education of Kyambogo University (1998).
Ambrose is also a founding Executive Member and General Secretary of Karamoja Community UK Foundation, an organisation dedicated to advancing Karamoja’ s development through advocacy, sharing information experiences and strategies about the region in the diaspora.
KCUKF was launched by His Royal Highness, Papa Iteso Emorimor Augustine Adugala Osusban on 23 September 2018 with his delegation and goverment representative Minster for Teso affairs Hon Agnes Akiror Egunyu