Uganda: Development Studies

Faculty and Staff

"The SIT staff played an absolutely critical role during my semester in Uganda and have remained instrumental in my life since, guiding me on many academic and career endeavors. They are the foundation of the SIT Uganda program and are the primary reason why the program has changed the lives of so many students that have passed through its doors."

—Michael Roscitt, University of Notre Dame

Charlotte Karungi Mafumbo, Ph.D., Academic Director

Charlotte Karungi Mafumbo, PhD, Academic Director
Charlotte Karungi Mafumbo, a Ugandan national, obtained her PhD from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research investigates why states adopt interventionist foreign policies. Ms. Mafumbo has analyzed Uganda's interventions in three of its neighboring states: Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also holds an MA in international studies from the University of Sydney, Australia; a postgraduate certificate in gender and conflict studies from Hannover University, Germany; a postgraduate diploma in social conditions and policies from Copenhagen University; and a BA of history and international organization from Makerere University in Kampala. She has just completed her fellowship as a 2012 Global South Scholar at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

During the last ten years, Dr. Mafumbo has also worked as a lecturer at Makerere University, teaching courses in history, development, peace and conflict studies, and program management. As a lecturer and coordinator of research projects at Makerere, she gained extensive experience in program implementation and management. She also provided career guidance to students of development studies and supervised students in various practicum assignments. Charlotte’s years of professional experience have enabled her to develop strong relationships with various government and nongovernmental agencies and academic institutions, providing her with broad and rich perspectives regarding culture and development in Uganda. She first worked with SIT as a student advisor and became an academic director in 2007.

Staff include:

Helen Lwemamu, Lecture Series Coordinator
Helen is charged with coordinating lectures and site visits. Helen holds a BA in development studies from Makerere University and an MA in social planning and administration from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her recent book, Gender and Work Challenges in the Informal Sector of Uganda: A Study of Disabled Men and Women in Uganda, examines the lives of people with disabilities in Uganda and the various interventions the government has undertaken for them.

Meddy Osundwa, Student Services Coordinator
Meddy joined SIT in Kampala in the fall of 2007. He holds an MA in development studies from Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi. At SIT, he is responsible for general student welfare and program compliance in Uganda. Meddy supports the health and safety of students with a focus on general well-being in Kampala and on excursion, and in regard to student permits.

Paul Musungu, Resource Centre Associate
Paul joined SIT Kampala in the fall of 2010. He is responsible for the management of the SIT resource centre, which includes lending out the centre's books and films and ensuring that the library catalog is updated with new collections. In addition, Paul serves as an excellent resource to the students on intercultural and personal issues. Paul holds a master’s in management science from the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Makerere University.

Jackson Sekiziyivu, Language Coordinator and Instructor
Jackson Sekiziyivu has worked with the SIT Study Abroad Kampala program since 2002. Mr. Sekiziyivu earned a diploma in secondary education from the National Teachers College, Nkozi, in 1997. He also holds a certificate in adult literacy from the Kampala City Council Community Development Programme and has completed language and cross-cultural training at the City Language Centre.

Angella Male, Language and Cross-Cultural Instructor
Angella Male is a language and cross-cultural instructor. Ms. Male joined the SIT Study Abroad Uganda program in 2006. She holds a bachelor of arts in education from Makerere University, and has completed training in language and cross-cultural instruction at the City Language Centre in Kampala.

Janat Nakazzi, Language and Cross-Cultural Instructor
Janat Nakazzi, who joined SIT Study Abroad Uganda in 2008, is a language and cross-cultural instructor. She has completed language and cross-cultural training at City Language Centre in Kampala, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in tourism at Makerere University.

Florence Nakiwala, Language and Cross-Cultural Instructor
Florence Nakiwala joined the SIT Study Abroad program in Uganda in 2004. She earned her diploma in education the same year. Ms. Nakiwala has completed training in language and cross-cultural instruction at the City Language Centre in Kampala.

Alice Tebyasa and Sam Lumonya, Homestay Coordinators
Alice is one of the longest serving local staff members on the SIT Kampala program. Using her experience as a former homestay parent herself, Alice vigilantly seeks out the most suitable homestay families. She is assisted by Sam, the program's rural homestay coordinator, who is responsible for placing students in homestays during the program's eastern excursion. Solome Katusabe and David Mukhwana serve as additional rural homestay coordinators in Kasese district and Kapchorwa, respectively.

Muna Siraje, Transportation
Muna has been with SIT since the program's inception in Uganda and is an invaluable member of the SIT Uganda team. He is responsible for the transportation of students to the different study sites, health centers, and to all other venues where program activities are carried out.

Lecturers for this program typically include:

Norbert Mao
Norbert Mao is the president of the oldest political party in Uganda, the Democratic Party. Between 2006 and 2010, he was the chairman of Gulu District in northern Uganda. Prior to this, he served for 10 years as a member of the Ugandan parliament. He is an articulate orator and a lawyer by profession.

As a political leader of the most war-affected area in Uganda, he has remained ever vigilant and engaged in peacebuilding and reconstruction efforts. He initiated the peace talks between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, efforts that yielded the current peace in the region.

Norbert Mao first got involved with SIT in the spring of 2012. His well-received lectures include “Reconstruction, Recovery, and Rehabilitation: Post-Conflict Gulu’s Development Path” and “Constitutionalism and Constitutional Reforms.” 

He brings to the classroom a style of engaging students and encouraging critical thinking that he himself benefited from while a student at Yale University on the World Fellows program in 2003. He teaches using his own experience as a political leader, legislator, and researcher. 

Dr. Christopher G. Orach
Dr. Christopher Garimoi Orach is senior lecturer and head of the Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Makerere University. He holds a PhD (VUB Brussels), master of public health (ITM Antwerp), master of medicine in public health, DPH, and bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (Makerere University).

He teaches courses on sexual and reproductive health; disaster preparedness and response management; public health in complex emergencies; and health systems, including health services organization in emergencies. He lectures SIT students on Uganda’s healthcare systems and advises students during their ISPs. He is a renowned researcher and instructor of numerous research projects. His research interests include sexual and reproductive health and health systems, including health services organization in complex emergencies.

Fred Muhumuza, PhD
Mr. Muhumuza holds a PhD in development economics from the University of Manchester (UK). He is presently the economic advisor to Uganda’s minister of finance, planning, and economic development. Before this appointment, Mr. Muhumuza worked as a senior researcher at the Economic Policy Research Centre at Makerere University. Since 1998, he has been teaching at the Faculty of Economics and Management at Makerere University.

Mr. Muhumuza has vast experience in the areas of economic research and policy analysis and review. He has undertaken a range of research assignments in the areas of macroeconomic policy, public sector policy processes, budget and budget execution frameworks, trade policy, health, Uganda’s financial sector, agriculture, and education. He has been associated with the SIT Uganda: Development Studies program since 2008, serving as a student advisor and teaching the Crisis of Development in Uganda class.

Frank Nabwiso, PhD
Mr. Nabwiso holds a PhD in history. A former lecturer at Kyambogo University, Mr. Nabwiso has taught for the SIT program since 2008. He is currently involved in Ugandan politics, having served as a member of parliament in Uganda’s sixth parliament. He lecturers SIT students on Uganda’s geography and ethnic communities.

Dr. Betty Ezati
Dr. Betty Ezati is currently a senior lecturer at Makerere University’s School of Education. Her areas of expertise include curriculum design and education administration. She is a senior advisor to the university council on curriculum design and is engaged in numerous research projects aimed at quality assurance in the education sector.

Hon. Professor Ogenga Latigo
Ogenga Latigo is the leader of Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change. He holds a PhD in agriculture and has lectured at Makerere University. He is originally from northern Uganda.

Dixon Kamukama
Mr. Kamukama is a professor in the Department of History at Makerere University. He lectures SIT students on the management of decentralization. His publications include Rwanda Conflict: Its Roots and Regional Implications (1997) and “The Development and Consolidation of Extremist Forces in Rwanda: 1990–1994,” coauthored with Joan Kakwenzire and Eustace Rutiba, in The Path of a Genocide: The Rwanda Crisis from Uganda to Zaire, edited by Howard Adelman and Astri Suhrke.

Dr. Stella Neema
Stella Neema teaches ethics and research in Uganda. She sits on the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology Board and the SIT Local Review Board for Human Subjects Review. She advises students on research procedure and supports their application for internship permits and ethical clearances in the respective districts where they do their work.

George B. Batte
George Batte is a lecturer in the Department of Entrepreneurship at Makerere University Business School, Nakawa. Mr. Batte has been working with the department since 2004, teaching courses on entrepreneurship development, small business management, creativity and innovation, and social entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and small business management. His research interests are in energy and entrepreneurship. He is currently pursuing a PhD in technology entrepreneurship with a focus on the diffusion of energy technologies in rural Uganda. Mr. Batte first joined the SIT Uganda: Development Studies program in 2009 as a resource person for the program's Entrepreneurship and Development course.

Andrew Mwenda
Andrew Mwenda is a renowned Ugandan journalist and has been a visiting scholar at many universities. He lectures SIT students on Uganda’s crisis of development. Mwenda strongly believes that foreign aid does not lead to development but rather deepens the development crisis. He is the author of highly contested articles on foreign aid, which include “Patronage Politics, Donor Reforms, and Regime Consolidation in Uganda” in African Affairs (2005), published with Tangari Roger. Mwenda’s articles have been published in the International Herald Tribune, The Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is the founder and editor of The Independent, regarded as one of Uganda’s premier current affairs news magazines.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Kampala

Language Study: Luganda

Prerequisites: Coursework in development studies recommended


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