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SusWatch raises issue of slum dwellers for the Lake Victoria basin Mayors to consider The East African SusWatch Network’s Civil Society Watchdog Discussion Paper No.2: Water, sanitation and basic hygiene on selected islands and landing sites in and around Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania: Scarcity amidst plenty? was presented at the 2nd Conference of the Lake Victoria region, Kisumu, July 22 – 23, 2008. It particularly generated debate on the proposal to address the needs of slum dwellers for a sustained improvement in sanitation and hygiene in towns and cities.

‘Fish for the Future is everyone’s responsibility’: A Call for Prioritization of Actions, along a Clear Road Map A regional Conference on Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation Stakeholders’ Conference on the theme: Fish for the future is everyone’s responsibility, took place took place in Kampala, October 27 – 29, 2008. The overall objective was to draw attention to the declining Nile Perch stocks in Lake Victoria and to call for collaborative efforts to ensure responsible utilization of the fisheries resources at all levels.

Leasing plots on Lake Victoria is NOT a Panacea to illegal fishing methods The Chairman of the Ugandan Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon. Deus Bikwasizehi and other Committee members last week brought back in focus the long standing debate that Lakes including L.Victoria be divided into plots and leased to fishermen. His line of reasoning is that it is here that a solution to ensure that people abandon using illegal fishing methods lies.

Call for long term sustainable solutions to address the ‘silent violence’ underlying the Kenyan political crisis The Kenyan crisis sparked off by the contested December 2007 Elections results might have taken many people and its neighbors by surprise. But the root cause of its persistence resulting in the violent acts that have displaced some Kenyans from their homes and country can best be explained by the ‘reasons behind what meets the eye’ in terms of inequality and historical factors based on some recent studies.

‘Be a Champion at the UN High Level meeting UN High-Level Event on the MDGs) September 25, 2008’, - UCSD urges Uganda Government UCSD as a member of the international End Water Poverty Coalition has written a letter to Government of Uganda through the Prime Minister of Uganda – Prof.

Climate talks in Poland: Issues, Expectations The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted in 1992 at the Rio Summit and provides principles of equity for a multilateral agreement on addressing climate change including the principle of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ – where rich, industrialized nations’ due to their overwhelming contribution to historical emissions have a responsibility in acting first to bring down their national emissions.

Cross-border fishing problems in Lake Victoria: an unending problem? The issue of cross border dispute over fishing in Lake Victoria has cropped up again. This time, according to The Daily Nation (Friday September 26, 2008): Kenyans kicked out of island by Uganda. The story gives an account of the unending conflict over Migingo Island in Lake Victoria which is claimed by both Uganda and Kenya – a long standing dispute. However, underlying this is the controversy over fishing rights.

Summing up 2008 for 2009 The Year 2008 started with fuel and food stresses (high prices) that have escalated to date. This has further been complicated by the global financial meltdown whose repercussions to securing sustainable development in Uganda and East Africa are yet to be fully understood.

International Women’s Day 2008: How far are Ugandan Women and girls being invested in? The theme for 2008 International Women's Day is: ‘Investing in Women and Girls’. The celebration will have an intense focus on financing for gender equality at the country level. In Uganda, women comprise 24% of Parliament and 40% of Local Council leaders which is a considerable framework to promote women’s visibility and voice in decision making, rather than an end in itself.

Rising food prices: Time for Governments to discipline the market The sharp increase in food prices over the past couple of years has raised serious concerns about the food and nutrition situation of poor people in East Africa that is only recovering from the effects of the recent Kenyan crisis. Today, in Uganda for example, one can only get essential commodities (like sugar, soap, cooking oil and paraffin) at prices that have at least doubled within less than six months.

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