L-R: Dr. Maxime Houinato- UN Women Uganda, France Ambassador to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou, Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu- Makerere University, Mathias Kamp of Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung at a press conference held at Makerere University on 2nd October 2019
Makerere University will for the second time host the second
edition of Kampala Geopolitics Conference.
The two-day high level academic public event scheduled for 17th and 18th
October will attract elites and international researchers to discuss current
geopolitical questions and trends.
Jules-Amand Aniambossou, the Ambassador of France to Uganda, says the
conference aims at creating a high-level, interactive and dynamic platform for
dialogue and free exchange of ideas cutting across contemporary, local and international
He says while the elites are critical in development of countries, they should
also debate with people on ground.
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Experts from within Uganda and the African continent will be joined by
international researchers to engage in participatory and documented debates on
The inaugural Kampala Geopolitics Conference was held last year at
Makerere in October.
As a build-up to last year’s successful conference, partners including the
Embassy of France, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), UN Women Uganda, Makerere
University, Alliance Françoise Kampala and Reach a hand Uganda resolved to have
it at Makerere for its emblematic significance as the oldest and prestigious
university in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“Today’s challenges are multifaceted and call on everyone to take action
because we have many key issues; climate change, security, education, global
health, SDGs and so on and so on. It is a duty of our generation to work on a
new way to find solutions to our current global challenges,” Ambassador
Mathias Kamp, KAS country representative for Uganda and South Sudan said as the
external actors, their main role is to create a platform for people to share
“It is an expression of our confidence in Makerere University as a centre of
academic and intellectual excellence in Uganda and on the continent which is
also reflected in the rankings,” Kamp says.
He adds that; “But I think there is a third dimension that shouldn’t be overlooked
which is excellence in discourse as well, in debate and discussion and that is
what we want to contribute to Makerere with Geopolitics conference”
According to Kamp, the conference will largely feature 18 panels with key focus
on a variety of topics relating to global challenges, regional trends, the
sustainable development goals and culture and society.
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Speakers at the conference will include Dr Hellen Nambalilwa from
Makerere University, Rosa Malango from United Nations and Ambassador German
Ambassador to Uganda Albrecht Conze.
Others are US ambassador Deborah Malac, BBC's Allan Kasujja, EU Ambassador to
Uganda H.E Attilio Pacifici, Max Walter from Centre for Development
Alternatives, Ramathan Ggoobi, and Charles Onyango Obbo and among others.