CDA News May 2019

CDA News May 2019

Posted: May 28, 2019

CDA has been hard at work the first months of 2019 – working on two new projects and one ongoing program.

We have launched the second intake of the Youth4Policy program in collaboration with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Public Policy Institute. Eight young Ugandans were selected as the newest Fellows and will be independently researching and analysing Uganda’s most pressing policy challenges over the coming months. Ultimately, through their research they will be contributing a critical youth perspective to public policy discussions in Uganda.

We are working with the University of Oxford and the University of Cape Town on Project RISE (Renewable, Innovative and Scalable Electrification). Project RISE provides academic insights into how to sustainably scale off-grid electrification in Uganda and Zambia, developing recommendations for local and international energy businesses, policies, regulations and community engagement. CDA has helped to coordinate in-depth interviews with over 30 stakeholders, most of them local energy businesses, as well as execute a household survey in Northern, Eastern, Western and Central Uganda. The project’s findings will be shared through a Practitioners’ Guide that CDA will produce with the partner universities later this year.

Additionally, we are currently conducting the 11th edition of the Konrad Adenauer’s ‘Reality Check’ series – a study focusing on Uganda’s civil society space with the aim of highlighting corrective pathways for more effective engagement of CSOs in the development process. More specifically, the study will provide a better understanding of different actors in Uganda’s civil society space including “new” civil society in the form of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and “old” civil society such as churches, trade unions, cooperatives etc. The study will also identify opportunities for incentivising collaboration amongst actors in Uganda’s civil society space to bolster their voice and influence to inform decisions around the strategic direction of civil society support schemes and partnerships.