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Behind the Good Country Index

Simon Anholt the co-founder of the Good Country Index has since 2014 been challenging governments around the world to harmonize their domestic with international responsibilities by cooperating and collaborating more without necessarily losing their competitive edge. He shared his views with The Independent’s Ronald Musoke in an email interview What …

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UN confirms 19 staff killed in Ethiopian airlines crash

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The United Nations Department of Safety and Security has confirmed that it lost 19 of its staff members in the Ethiopian Airlines crash which killed more than 150 people yesterday. Among the dead are seven staff of the World Food Programme and two from the …

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5,000 South Sudanese flee fresh fighting

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Thousands of South Sudanese refugees have crossed into DRC, while some are heading to Uganda, following fresh fighting between the government and a new rebel group, the National Salvation Front. According to reports from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 5,000 people …

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Verification finds over 350,000 ghost refugees in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government of Uganda with the support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has concluded a comprehensive exercise to verify the identities of all refugees and asylum-seekers in the country, using enhanced biometric tools. According to the verification figures released Thursday, the number of refugees …

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Uganda refugee verification launched, 6,900 get cards

  Isingiro, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Over 6,900 refugees have received new attestation forms and ration cards at the end of the first phase of a countrywide biometric verification exercise that started on March 1, 2018  in the Oruchinga refugee settlement in Uganda’s South-West region. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, …

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Uganda suspends refugees chief after scandal

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | Uganda has stepped up investigations into recent corruption allegations by indicting the Commissioner for Refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister Apollo Kazungu. Simon Gerald Menhya has been appointed acting commissioner. Hillary Onek, Minister of disaster preparedness and refugees and Musa Ecweru, …

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UNHCR: Biometric verification of refugees in Uganda set for March 1

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with partners in government and NGOs will on March 1 launch a verification exercise targeting all refugees in Uganda. The intervention by UNHCR in Uganda comes weeks after allegations emerged that Ugandan officials are inflating refugee figures in order …

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Uganda investigates refugee fraud allegations

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Uganda is investigating allegations of widespread fraud in its refugee aid programme, a government official said Monday, as the UN also raised concerns over human trafficking in Ugandan camps. “The office of the prime minister has received reports alleging that there could have been acts …

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