Almost half of Africa is at war! Even a cursory look at conflict data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program reveals a common denominator for most of these conflicts, namely, inequalities in resource allocation or perceived discrimination by the people in power. Even in relatively peaceful countries, income disparities threaten peace at the micro level. […]
A friend narrated to me a rather sad childhood situation that involved his father. He had been sent by the father to pick something from the house. Though he didn’t clearly get what his father wanted, he feared to ask and clarify for fear of a violent response from him (the father). In general, around […]
Today, 9th June 2017, we celebrate the National Heroes Day in Uganda. A day set apart to celebrate men and women of valour who have done great exploits for the country, from bush war comrades (don’t miss the Animal Farm reference) to a school proprietor that has left behind a huge legacy (;-)). Over the […]
One of the major objections to the work of development agencies, especially in Uganda, has been that their interventions are rarely sustainable and instead create a dependency syndrome in the beneficiaries. From my observations in the past three weeks, I’ve seen that BRAC overcomes this by using an empowerment approach where beneficiaries are facilitated to […]
As an avid social media user, I can confidently say that Twitter offers the best opportunities for connection. Through my four years of tweeting, one can only imagine the variety of people (and accounts) that I have interacted. One of my favorite pastimes has been looking out for irrational 140-character soundbytes related to feminism and […]
A poem on diversity and inclusion, written in 10minutes!
The first week of the BRAC Young Professionals Programme promised (and delivered) an unforgettable experience with a packed line up of top management from both BRAC Bangladesh and BRAC International. The program provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet seasoned development experts and career professionals at the helm of the world’s biggest development organisation.