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USAID awards grants to solar firms

A total of 25 solar companies and eight financial institutions were the beneficiaries of a USAID Power Africa co-sponsored exhibition at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Kampala, Uganda | The Independent | Held under the theme ‘Financing East Africa’s Power and Energy Sector’ the event showcased products like grain mills, boda …

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Prayers for Speaker Kadaga

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga is currently admitted at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya where she is being treated for fatigue-related illness. Kampala, Uganda | The Independent | Shortly after returning from a trip to Morocco and the U.S., Kadaga was taken ill at Nakasero Hospital. Speculation of Kadaga’s …

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Muntu’s new party joins the fray

Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), a new party led by Maj Gen. Mugisha Muntu will soon be launched and outline its agenda. Kampala, Uganda | The Independent | ANT was cleared by the Electoral Commission after months of correspondence with the electoral body. In a statement, ANT convener Alice Alaso, …

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Modern monetary realism

MMT is essentially a description of how money is created and destroyed by governments and by banks Project Syndicate, 2019 | JAMES K. GALBRAITH | Is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) a potential boon to economic policymakers, or, as Harvard’s Kenneth Rogoff recently argued, a threat to “the entire global financial system” …

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ARTS: A brainy affair

Artist attempts to talk politics without propaganda Kampala, Uganda |DOMINIC MUWANGUZI| The painted brains come in many colours; they are white, blue, red., and occasionally green. They are the colours of the flags of countries like the USA, France, UK, Syria and Libya and, for artist John Baptist Ssekubulwa they …

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Banking on Refugees

Contrary to popular belief, refugees are on par with non-refugees when it comes to loan repayment Project Syndicate, 2019 | JACQUELINE MUSIITWA | Every minute, on average, 31 people are displaced around the world – forced to leave their jobs, homes, and even their families. These refugees often arrive, after …

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Fighting human trafficking

  Empower and train survivors cooperate with law enforcement to help dismantle trafficking networks Project Syndicate, 2019 | AGNES IGOYE | Human trafficking is on the rise, and a new report from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime reveals that perpetrators face “hardly any risk” of punishment. As …

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