CHIPS recently collaborated with the University of Birmingham to produce a paper entitled:
This was a contribution to an international conference in Kampala in June 2008 which brought together more than 300 water scientists, managers and policy makers from 23 countries in Africa and 14 countries from the rest of the world to discuss the challenges facing Africa in terms of the impacts of climate change on groundwater resources.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs "the food crisis in northeastern Uganda's Karamoja region has reached such a dire level that more than one million people are in need of emergency food aid" - read the full article here.
CHIPS is working with thousands of such affected Karimojong people by providing seeds and tools for cultivation and food for work until the next harvest comes.
Last October, I was privileged to be asked to visit Ghana to carry out an evaluation of the peacebuilding work of a West African organisation, SEND, working in the NE of the country.
Having never travelled in West Africa before it was not with a little excitement that I stepped off the plane and travelled into the bush. Facilitated by SEND, I spent time meeting local chiefs, elders, youth, entrepeneurs, farmers and many local people who told me about their daily lives and the challenges they face.
Last September, long-time CHIPS supporter William Wilson made the long journey from Scotland to NE Uganda to visit the CHIPS team and find out all about CHIPS work there. William writes...
William with CHIPS Project Manager Simon-Peter
"This was my first visit to Uganda - it was a huge culture shock, and the more so as you travelled further from Kampala to Soroti, Iriri, and finally Apeitolim. Arriving at Apeitolim, the first impression is that it is basic, but orderly. The CHIPS project consists of a few traditional huts surrounded by neat plantations. It became clear that a lot of thought had gone in using what were mostly local resources. People had been resettling Apeitolim for about a year – it had been the site of a CHIPS project a few years ago, until an attack caused the inhabitants to flee.
A group of friends from Croxley Green, near Watford in Hertfordshire, recently completed a walk across the top of England, and helped raise funds for CHIPS in the process.
Brian Thomson and Phil Brading, both members of St. Oswald’s Parish Church in Croxley Green, undertook the famous Coast to Coast walk with their friends Ges and Jane Carey. The walk, from St Bees on the Cumbrian west coast, to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast, covers a distance of 190 miles (305km) and passes through three of England’s spectacular National Parks, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
A recent article in the Ugandan newspaper 'New Vision' reports that Uganda registered the highest number of human deaths and theft of livestock as a result of cattle rustling among the seven countries in the Horn of Africa. It is estimated that 459 people were killed and around 10 000 animals stolen in the first 8 months of this year. See the whole article here.
The Karamoja Regional Council have also recently called for the Ugandan government to implement the Karamoja Integrated Disarmament and Development Plan rather than the heavy handed disarmament that has been taking place recently - read more here.