USAID/Uganda through its partners held a Karamoja Learning Summit between September 12-14, 2023 in Uganda at Speke Resort Munyonyo. The theme for the Summit was “Sustainable Pathways to Food Security and Economic Growth in Karamoja: Reflecting on a Decade of Investments”.

A cross-section of participants at the summit

Makerere University School of Public Health – ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) was represented by Dr. Julius Ssentongo, Director Operations and Director Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab. The Summit was also attended by Dr. Sidonia Angom Ochieng from Gulu University Constituent College (GUCC) in Moroto, an institution that has partnered with RAN for the last 4 years to implement the Voices of Indigenous Peoples project in Karamoja.  Dr. Ssentongo presented on Day 3 at an Opening Thematic Plenary on “Strengthening Social Inclusion and Local Governance”. Dr. Sidonia presented during a Breakout Session on “Social Inclusion from a Conflict Lens”. The two speakers highlighted findings from the Voices of Indigenous Peoples project with a focus on marginalization of ethnic minorities within Karamoja such as the Ik and Tepeth. The discussions also included the plight of child trafficking that has been chronic with Napak district being extremely affected.

The discussions ignited a moment around how partners understand inclusion, and inclusive development in Karamoja. This included underscoring the challenges faced by the ethnic minorities as well as pathways to promote greater inclusion in policies and practices going forward.

The Summit attracted participants representing the District Local Governments of Karamoja sub region, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, USAID Implementing Partners, USAID and other Development Partners.

Engagements at the Summit in pictures

By: Dr. Julius Ssentongo, RAN Director Operations and Director Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab.