Growing expand a small business. With a regular and

up in a very humble background in a small Ugandan village, I have always
believed that the answer to my purpose, lies in creating the results that I
desire. To tread upon the hallowed grounds of a successful and fruitful career,
I must determine the shape that my actions will take, and trust in their
finality. I hold a bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy having graduated Magna
Cum Laude. My academic background and professional experience have given me a
very broad outlook and will help me bring
a variety of perspectives to public policy debates while pursuing the Master of
Public Policy at the Hertie school of
governance Berlin. Applying my skills and experience in scholarly analysis of
policy and governance questions; the exposure, the network and the expertise
that comes with this prospect, are such a horizon I am looking forward to with

be an agent of change in Uganda and the entire African community, I need the
skills to challenge standard approaches and find ways to maneuver around old
practices and policies. To be in a position to challenge even the rules that
seem carved in stone for better policies to develop the economically sidelined
African communities. As a Senior Loans officer in an International Micro
Finance Organization (Vision Fund
International/Uganda), I integrated with people on peripherals of society,
improving livelihoods through loaning small amounts of money to people living
in poverty, to build or expand a small business. With a regular and secure
income, Ugandan mothers and fathers could take care of their children and plan
for their futures. I traveled regularly
to Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, gained international experience and realized
that not only do many people live below the poverty line but also stay poor for
long and sustained periods. In Sub-Saharan Africa,
the working poverty rates are close to 69 percent
in 2017 increasing by more than 10 million in the past decade, to 65.8 million,
more than in any other region of the world (ILO 2017). Surprisingly the
peoples’ resilience, hard work and courage skyrockets, only short on policies that
guide them in the initiatives they begin, the changes they implement, the new
product ideas they pursue and every investment they make all in the midst of an
unclear political and economic prospect.

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low Education levels seem to be adding insult to injury since education is “fundamental
to informed decision-making, personal empowerment, active and passive
participation in local and global social community” (Stromquist, 2005, p. 12). I
have participated in voluntary education initiatives including Jane Frances School Kirimya Masaka and
the Mizinga School Project which aim
at educating the African child by improving learning conditions through setting
up permanent classrooms with sanitary facilities as opposed to children
learning under the “mango tree”, while also helping children with special needs
I realized that even though much progress has been achieved in providing
education to children in Uganda, much effort is still needed. For example, the
number of pupils in school has increased by a third across Africa since 1999,
but globally
there are still 67 million children out of school, 43% of whom live in Africa. Uganda
having the world’s youngest population, with over 78 percent of its population
below the age of 30, developing appropriate policy
systems to provide quality education, requires no second thoughts. This
presents a great opportunity for innovation, big domestic market hence spurs
future economic growth and social transformation. Unguided, such a young population hinders future growth

am deeply touched by the global migration trends caused by the elevated unemployment
armed conflicts and persecution, natural disasters and increased susceptibility
to working poverty. In Africa, 8 conflicts have erupted (Democratic Republic of
Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, northeastern
Nigeria, and this year in Burundi). The number of migrants as a fraction of the
population residing in high-income countries rose from 9.6% in 2000 to 14% in
2017 (IM
Report 2017) highlights. How can such record migration flows be regulated and what
are the policy challenges? The question of whether available policies can pass
the migration test remains unanswered.

agree with (Cochran & Malone 2014) that the growing economic disparity and political gridlock have left many
citizens submissive to elections that fail to bring the anticipated change. The resultant unequal access to power perpetuates a differential access to resources
and revenue. Worldwide, young people are increasingly finding themselves
outside the formal labor market. According to the International Labor
Organization report (2014), youth unemployment is one of the ‘big policy’
challenges facing countries across economic development contexts. Youth
unemployment is a particular problem in Uganda and Africa in general.
Sub-Saharan Africa for instance, continues to report the highest youth
unemployment. As a young entrepreneur and proprietor of Echo Touch Uganda Ltd, amid sized Ugandan company, I have addressed
the demand side of the labor market by creating 20 jobs in Katwe a Kampala city Suburb through a commercial and sustainable fashion.

all political and moral philosophers maintain that the course of public policy
necessarily involves ethical values since
many ethical problems arise over the relationship between ethical performance
and the distribution of goods, or economics and the market. In a culture where
the main premise of democracy is the absolute sovereignty of the majority, the
rights of the minority are suppressed, yet the majority
is not always right. In such instances, an unruly desire arises and that
demands both social and moral discipline.

me lies an unwavering interest, a self-drive, to continue to be part of
Africa’s growth success story, with an interest to find Africa’s position in a
Global Family. This Master will give me the much-needed
skills, expertise, network and exposure to be an agent of positive change, in
Uganda, Africa, and the wider global

to The International Migration Report (2017) Highlights.