Uganda was formed in 1916 when a number of territories and chiefdoms were pulled together under the British Empire. The country gained independence from Britain in 1962. Uganda is recovering from over 20 years of civil war, between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan Government forces, which forced 1.8 million people out of their homes and saw approximately 30,000 children abducted by the LRA. In September 2006 the LRA agreed to a ceasefire.
The country has shown strong signs of development in recent years. In particular, tourism has been developed significantly and now contributes around 7.4 % to the economy. There is a significant opportunity to further develop the industry given the beautiful surroundings and the wide range of wildlife.
Tell me something about Uganda….
- The total population of Uganda is 34.6m
- Uganda is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa, bordered by Kenya, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, and Tanzania
- 80% of the Ugandan workforce is employed in farming – climate change has had a severe impact on the production of crops
- The country has access to recently discovered oil reserves. This could be a valuable natural resource for Uganda in the future if investment is made in managing the industry effectively.
- In particular, Uganda has pushed hard against HIV/AIDS. The campaign to fight the spread of the virus has helped prevalence drop from 30% in the mid 1990s to around 6.5% in 2005. This is a fantastic success for the country.