Global Development Studies



George B. Batte, PhD candidate
George is a lecturer in the Department of Entrepreneurship at Makerere University Business School, Nakawa. He teaches 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 pursuing a PhD in technology entrepreneurship with a focus on the diffusion of energy technologies in rural Uganda. He first joined the SIT Uganda: Development Studies program in 2009.

Betty Ezati, PhD
Betty is 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.

Dixon Kamukama, PhD candidate
Dixon is a professor in the Department of History at Makerere University and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He lectures SIT students on the management of decentralization. His publications include Rwanda Conflict: Its Roots and Regional Implications 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.

Ogenga Latigo
Ogenga 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.

Norbert Mao, MA
Norbert has a bachelor of laws from Makerere University, an associate BA in democracy and development and an MA in development studies from Uganda Martyrs University, and a post-graduate diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre. He was a fellow with the Yale World Fellows Program in 2003-04. Norbert is president of the Democratic Party, the oldest political party in Uganda. He served for 10 years as a member of the Ugandan parliament. He initiated the peace talks between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army that yielded the current peace in the region. Norbert’s lectures on this program include “Reconstruction, Recovery, and Rehabilitation: Post-Conflict Gulu’s Development Path” and “Constitutionalism and Constitutional Reforms.”

Fred Muhumuza, PhD
Fred holds a PhD in development economics from the University of Manchester in the UK, and serves as economic advisor to Uganda’s minister of finance, planning, and economic development. Before this appointment, he worked as a senior researcher at the Economic Policy Research Centre at Makerere University. He has been associated with this program since 2008, serving as a student advisor and teaching the Crisis of Development in Uganda class. Since 1998, he has been teaching at the Faculty of Economics and Management at Makerere University. His research includes macroeconomic policy, public sector policy processes, budget and budget execution frameworks, trade policy, health, Uganda’s financial sector, agriculture, and education.

Andrew Mwenda, PhD candidate
Andrew is a Ugandan journalist and has been a visiting scholar at many universities. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Stanford University. He lectures on Uganda’s crisis of development from the perspective that foreign aid does not lead to development but, rather, deepens the development crisis. He is the author of high-profile articles on foreign aid including “Patronage Politics, Donor Reforms, and Regime Consolidation in Uganda” in African Affairs (2005), published with Tangari Roger. His pieces have been published in the International Herald TribuneThe TimesThe Economist, the Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is founder and editor of The Independent, one of Uganda’s premier current affairs news magazines.

Frank Nabwiso, PhD
Frank holds a PhD in history. A former lecturer at Kyambogo University, he has taught for the SIT program since 2008. He is 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.

Stella Neema, PhD
Stella received her PhD from Copenhagen University in Denmark. She 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 SIT Study Abroad students on research procedure and supports their application for internship permits and ethical clearances in the respective districts where they do their work.

Christopher G. Orach, PhD
Christopher is senior lecturer and head of the Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Makerere University. He holds a PhD from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, a master of public health from Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, a master of medicine in public health, DPH, and bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery from 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.