Uganda: Cultural Diplomacy Projects

Uganda: Cultural Diplomacy Projects


Project Details

  • Country:        Uganda
  • Telephone:   + 256 774 578 535
  • Email:            ttpu2002@yahoo.com
  • Website:        http://www.mbaletigers.com
  • Sponsored by: The Government of Uganda and the Swedish International Development Agency

Organisation Description

The MTTTC was founded in 1993, and since 2003 has been sponsored through cooperation between the Ugandan government and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The organisation is based in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. Over the last ten years the club has won recognition as the most successful youth table tennis club in East Africa, and players from the club have represented Uganda in a number of international tournaments, such as The Commonwealth Games and All African Games.

Project Description

The project provides economically disadvantaged girls and boys with an opportunity to develop their sporting and organisational skills. It also serves to educate Ugandan youth on gender, HIV/AIDS and environmental issues. On a local level, youths from different ethnic groups and social stratas come together to play table tennis and learn from each other. On an international level, exchange programs with table tennis players from Kenya and Sweden have given youths from the three countries opportunities to visit other nations and experience new cultures through their sporting activities. These exchange programmes, together with international tournaments and educational activities have given the youth of MTTTC a chance of gaining an understanding of cultures outside their everyday life. For its work in youth empowerment and cultural exchange through sports, the project was upheld as a ‘good example of development cooperation’ by the Swedish International Development Agency in 2008. The initiative was presented at the EU, European Development Days 2009 under the heading of ‘European citizens as catalysts for change.’

Aims of the Project

–          To identify and train talented local children for national and international competitions;

–          To raise awareness of Nigeria as a sporting nation;

–          To encourage international interest in Nigeria.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

The project brings youth from different cultural backgrounds together under the universal language of sports. It allows them to earn about other cultures, whilst creating lasting relationships with youths from other countries. The project functions like an arena where cultural meetings take place naturally. The success of the MTTTC points towards the potential of sports as a tool for grass roots cultural diplomacy.


Project Details

Organisation Description

The Uganda National Cultural Centre is a Ugandan statutory body sponsored by the Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, and was established in 1959 by the Uganda National Cultural Centre Act. The UNCC is responsible for building nationwide institutions and associations in the arts and cultural sector. UNCC works to put culture on the national agenda and takes responsibility for preserving, promoting and documenting the many cultural traits and traditions of Uganda.

Project Description

The UNCC is guided by the notion of unity in diversity, integrity and relevance to national development. It works to nourish, celebrate, promote and popularise Ugandan art and culture through setting standards, building capacity and implementing relevant national policies.

Aims of the Project

–         To preserve, promote and popularize Uganda’s cultural heritage locally, nationally and internationally;

–         To entertain and educate the public through theatre and film;

–         To encourage and develop cultural and artistic activities.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

As a nation with many distinctive cultural groups, the UNCC plays an important role in the preservation and promotion of Ugandan society. The UNCC is an arena where cultural diplomacy is played out through various cultural activities such as theatre, dance and film. The organization also promotes the awareness of different Ugandan cultural groups in providing them with a means to perform at a national level.


Project Details

  • Country:        Uganda
  • Telephone:   +256 772 506 227 / +256 392 963 527
  • Email:             brosdi@infocom.co.ug
  • Website:        http://brosdi.or.ug
  • Sponsored by: Various public and private partnerships (see below)

Organisation Description

The Busoga Rural Open Source and Development Initiative (BROSDI) is a not-for-profit organization working in partnership with various public and private sector organizations such as Teach a Man to Fish, the Grameen Foundation, Hivos, CTA, Syngenta, the Uganda Communications Commission and Linux Solutions, and focuses on improving rural livelihoods. According to World Bank statistics, Uganda’s rural population constitutes 87% of the country’s total population. BROSDI therefore works to empower these rural communities through the use of ICT and open development mediums. In doing so, they hope to facilitate effective knowledge sharing and information management through advocating the use of Free Open Source Software (FOSS).

Project Description

With help and involvement from both the Ugandan government and civil society, HCC works on providing opportunities for education, as well as academic materials so that rural children and orphans can compete favorably with urban schools. The HCC also strives to help rural children develop practical social skills, so that they can learn how to express themselves and share their thoughts on all geographic levels through the use of ICT.

Aims of the Project

–          To empower the Ugandan rural community by broadening its access and use of ICT;

–          To teach children to adopt a culture of knowledge-sharing and information management;

–          To aid in the development of children’s social skills.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

By empowering children through the development of their social and personal skills, and by introducing them to ICT tools, BROSDI is providing a platform where thoughts and ideas can be spread and shared. The organisation is also creating an arena where the Ugandan government, civil society, and private sector in can come together and work towards a common goal.


Project Details

  • Country:        Uganda
  • Telephone: +256 414 269 477 / +256 414 269 507
  • Email:            info@ceewauganda.org
  • Website:       http://www.ceewauganda.org/
  • Sponsored by: Various public and private partnerships (see below)

Organisation Description

The Council for Economic Empowerment for Women of Africa (CEEWA)-Uganda is a non-partisan and non-profit organisation that works towards promoting the economic empowerment of women. The organization works in partnership with the Ugandan Ministry of ICT, the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, the World Bank, Hivos, and DFID. The Council was established in 1995 by female professionals with qualifications and experience in among other disciplines statistics, banking, economics, agriculture and gender-based social work. Their aim was to use their knowledge to further develop women’s economic aspirations, rights and potentials in Uganda.

Project Description

Building Local Democracy (BLD) is a project that CEEWA embarked upon in 2008. The activities comprise informing districts in Uganda about the country’s gender policy in a simple, illustrated manner. CEEWA also trains BLD partners, and organises dialogue meetings to inform people about the Uganda Gender Policy. Print and audio media are also used to share and spread information.

Aims of the Project

–          To facilitate equal opportunities, and promote gender equality in local government plans, budgets and institutional practices;

–          To challenge undemocratic practices and structures that serve to disempower areas of Ugandan society, in particular women and youths.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

CEEWA-Uganda empowers women and youth in Uganda, which can be considered as marginalised elements of Ugandan society, through educating them in their rights, and encouraging them to participate more in their local communities. Through the economic empowerment and inclusion of women and youth in society, and by informing local communities about Uganda’s gender policy, it is hoped that a shift will eventually be observed in the traditional view of women and youth as subordinate to the Ugandan patriarchal cultural structure. In the long-run this practice will yield lasting benefits in Uganda, as this type of cultural diplomacy not only enhances the socio-cultural understanding of the population, but also increases national interests through the resulting increases the country’s economic development.



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