Entries in Uganda (12)
There's no silver bullet to overcome the natural resource curse that haunts much of the globe. But countries in East Africa, the region I am most familiar with, can take several practical and affordable steps to exploit resources in ways that will benefit citizens and put realistic development goals within reach.
Since discovering oil in 2009, Uganda has not pumped a single barrel and the resource remains unexploited. An historic opportunity has so far been stymied by bureaucracy, law suits, corruption, hostilities with neighbors taking on a military hue, as well as the lack of adequate infrastructure to move the oil to market.
"A little more than forty years ago, an observation was made that foreign aid was aid from the poor people of the rich countries to the rich people of the poor countries."
On a tarmac at Congo's Goma Airport, customs agents seized a Gulfstream jet with millions of dollars in cash on board.
Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs said the government of Uganda will repay €4 million that was diverted from an Irish aid package.
A retired supreme court justice in Uganda has proposed anti-corruption training for citizens, starting with the school kids.
A new World Bank study on corruption in the roads sector shows the challenges contractors and engineering firms working in developing countries face when trying to avoid being drawn into schemes that violate the Foreign Corruption Practices Act or the anti-corruption laws of other nations or both.