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IDEATION CORNER: EPISODE 11: Kawooya Joined the Lord Mayoral Race to Create a Smart Digital City  



The Ideation Corner is a platform that showcases Ugandan entrepreneurs, thinkers, innovators, policy makers and academics to share ideas and insights that inspire the youth.

In this episode of the Ideation Corner, Damali Ssali talks to Innocent Kawooya, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of HiPipo.

Innocent Kawooya is a Ugandan financial technology believer, a financial inclusion consultant, a computer programmer, an internet entrepreneur, a movie producer, a philanthropist and an entertainment executive.

He is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of HiPipo. In 2006, Innocent, together with John Mark Ssebunnya, conceptualized HiPipo, as a social entertainment platform, with most of their work done from the Makerere University ICT and Social Sciences Computer Labs.

HiPipo today is a highly diversified company with operations covering digital inclusion, financial inclusion, content production and entertainment.

HiPipo executes digital marketing and advertising campaigns, offers consulting and advisory services to the public and the private sector, provides proprietary market research, and promotes digital and financial inclusion through its non-profit arm, the HiPipo Foundation.

Also, between 2009 and 2013, Innocent co-conceptualised and co-developed two applications, Health (My Doctor and e-learning (

These applications received international recognition from IndiAfrica, the Orange Africa Challenge and ITU Innovation Excellence. Innocent has to date played a major role in the digital evolution of Uganda in particular and Africa in general.

His latest projects are the 40 Days 40 FinTechs initiative, the Women in FinTech Hackathon and Summit, and the Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit.


There has never been a candidate in the history of the Kampala Lord Mayoral race that has promised anything far from the ordinary.

It has always been the same song of transforming Kampala into a modern city, without laying clear strategies of how this would be achieved.

The 2021 race is, however, different.  Innocent Kawooya, a technology enthusiast, has come with a different agenda.

He strongly believes that the answer to Kampala’s multitude of  problems lies in the deployment of  technology that will transform Kampala  into a smart digital city, with effective  service delivery.

His manifesto comes at a time when  most countries are creating smart cities,  where digital technology is increasingly being used to ensure effective service  provision amid increasing pressures are being exerted on cities’ road networks, garbage collection services, employment opportunities, all as rural-urban  migration intensifies.

Kawooya says he is the man Kampala needs to turn around its fortunes.

“I come from the digital world which understands how the world moves and changes every day. Kampala has been challenged over time; the drainage and all the things you see are not a result of poor infrastructure, they are a result of poor leadership, poor research and misunderstanding of the challenges people face.”

“Kampala has had so many politicians wanting to run the city. But what Kampala needs is not a politician, but a leader. I am not a politician although I know politics. Politicians have for a long time failed to deliver, and that is why we need a leader,” says Kawooya, who is contesting as an independent candidate.

He adds that he will promote deep interoperability to cut unnecessary expenditures which drain taxpayers’ money.

“Kampala has been a victim of creating digital debt for a long time. When technology came in, the Capital City Authority executives have been working to make sure they adapt to the new trend, but they have also done a lot of spending on things that the city does not need,” he told the Damali Ssali ideation Corner show.

“As an expert who understands how to maximize the digital dividend, I will ensure that there is no wrong expenditure,” he said.

Adding: “I know the kind of technology Uganda and Kampala needs today and for the next 20 years.  Instead of spending on something that we are going to change after two years, I will ensure that we plan together with the people of Kampala to ensure that we come up with sustainable technology solutions.”


Kawooya also promises to offer consultative leadership, where decisions have to be consensus-driven so that the Kampala people get the services they need.

“We cannot be living in our capital city where decisions are not consensus-driven; why are you constructing a road without asking the people you are constructing for whether they need the road or a drainage facility instead?”

“Why are you telling people you want to have statues on the road, yet their schools are not working? It is time we work with existing technology to create the digital smart city where every person that has a mobile phone  can be able to contribute to the decision making of things that impact them.”


During his tenure, Kawooya intends to work with his team on the digital agenda to ensure the creation of at least one million formal and informal jobs within five years.

“The people we find in the city are not the most disadvantaged people in Kampala; there are things happening in this city and someone needs to go down and see what happens. There are people in Bwaise who rent their own homes at night and turn them into lodges and that is how they earn a living, and the politicians are only telling them about policies.”

“Kampala is not only about policies; it is about making things happen. We now have six cities, but we need to make our capital city a flagship city. We don’t want the flooding, garbage and poor road network that characterizes the city today.”

Kawooya says that the Financial Technology sector and Financial Inclusion, which he is passionate about, will play a big role in creating job opportunities for the people. Additionally, he plans to make use of government’s redundant infrastructure such as warehouses, which he says will be furbished and availed to people running small businesses.


On the education front, Kawooya intends to make schooling affordable for everyone by improving the quality of all Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) schools and further subsidizing them.

“If someone is able to raise Shs 100,000 in a year, they should be able to get quality education in Kampala for their children. Unfortunately, most KCCA schools are performing poorly despite having the required infrastructure. This is due to poor leadership.”

He wonders how one can be a Mayor but still fail to find time to supervise or even visit at least 10 schools in 10 years.

“As a leader, the first thing you are supposed to offer is supervision. If you cannot supervise, then get someone who knows how to and ensure that they do it.”

Kawooya also promises to use his networks to ensure that school-going children get the necessary digital skills to help them survive anywhere in the world, even at an early age.

Asked about what makes him believe that he will make a difference where previous leaders have failed, Kawooya says his relationship creation and management skills will do the magic.

“I know a lot of public relations and people relations. There is no way you can run Kampala city when you do not know how to communicate with your fellow leaders, and that has been the biggest problem. You have leaders who thinks they are independent of themselves, yet we voted for them and they are running on our mandate but they cannot  even create a simple relationship with a  team that is permanently working at the City  Authority,” Kawooya said.

“For instance, you have an Executive Director, you have a Minister for Kampala, and Kampala is supposed to be under the Local Government Ministry. Yet you are not even creating a simple camera relationship to at least show the public that you have something in common, and that you meet and talk about the issues affecting the city. I am offering myself to change Kampala even if it means working without pay as long as the people trust me to offer them leadership.”

If entrusted with power, Kawooya intends to set a precedent by only using one term in office to organize the city and thereafter handover office to another capable person to carry on with what he would have set in motion.

“I may not be interested in coming back; my interest is to create a model city or a prototype template for Kampala for how to run cities in Africa that everyone can learn from. After that, I can go back to do my coding, Fintech, financial inclusion agenda, and making sure that women have employment.”

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Climate colonialism and the EU’s Green Deal | Climate Change




Since the beginning of the year, the Amazon Rainforest, our largest tropical forest full of ecosystems essential to global climate regulation networks, has had 430,000 acres (174,000 hectares) cleared and burned to supply the logging industry and clear land for livestock breeding. Between August 2019 and July 2020, another 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares) were destroyed. Much of the wood and meat produced in Brazil from this deforestation ends up in Global North markets.

In Southeast Asia, deforestation linked to the palm oil industry also continues. Between 2018 and 2020, almost 500,000 acres (202,000 hectares) of rainforest were cleared in just three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, leading to Indigenous communities losing their land. The demand for palm oil from top food brands in the Global North remains high, despite their commitments to reduce use.

Meanwhile, the push for greener sources of energy, particularly in the Global North, is driving the demand for metals like nickel, cobalt and lithium. Labourers in mining communities working to extract these metals face dangerous and degrading working conditions.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the use of child labour in cobalt mines is widespread, putting the lives of children at risk, damaging their health and depriving them of education. In Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, lithium mining uses large quantities of water, accelerating desertification and polluting underground waters and rivers, putting the health of local communities at risk.

According to data gathered by London-based NGO Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, there have been 304 complaints of human rights violations by 115 companies mining these minerals.

Although the end of colonialism was declared decades ago, its last effects in the form of these extractive industries are clear. The system of Indigenous land takeovers, resource extraction, labour exploitation and wealth transfer set up by European colonialists continues to operate and dispossess people in the Global South.

It is against the backdrop of this neo-colonial reality that the European Union announced its Green Deal at the end of 2019.

Underpinned by an apolitical narrative that humans have already changed the Earth’s climate and degraded the majority of its ecosystems, so action needs to be taken, the Green Deal completely ignores the fact that the Global North was the main driver of climate change and environmental degradation across the world.

European governments and corporations not only damaged and destroyed the environment on the continent and exploited local marginalised communities, but have been engaged in the same exact behaviour and worse, on all other continents.

The natural world in Africa, Asia and Latin America has been destroyed through the capitalist economic systems deployed by the Global North which normalised, expanded and strengthened hyper-extraction through overproduction and over-consumption.

The European Green Deal does not outline how it will reconcile and repair the losses and damages EU countries have caused to ecosystems and communities outside of Europe. Nor does it acknowledge how these damages force people in the Global South to migrate to Europe’s shores, where they experience pushbacks, must less offer a solution.

The European Green Deal also ignores the environmental impact of Europe’s drive for renewable energy and electric mobility on other parts of the world, where resources for this economic shift will have to be extracted. It also does not pay attention to how climate change and environmental degradation have disproportionately affected its own marginalised communities and the poor and destitute in the Global South.

In other words, in the pursuit of making the EU the first climate-neutral region in the world by 2050, Brussels is falling back on its old ways and deploying what we call climate colonialism.

The EU’s apolitical narrative on climate change – ignoring the impact of colonialism and capitalism and heavily influenced by the very corporations who profit from them – could result in climate action that is not only non-impactful but, worse, could be unsustainable and damaging for marginalised communities on the continent as well as the Global South.

It relies on tech solutions and silver-bullet ideas, promising to lead a “green, sustainable” economy with electric vehicles, solar panels, wind turbines and other exciting renewable innovations.

But the question is, who will this be sustainable for?

In order not to fall into climate colonialism, the European Green Deal needs a clear plan to eradicate harmful extractive models, recognise its historical responsibility in the climate crisis, and provide accountability for the damage EU companies cause in the Global South.

Working within the same system that causes injustice will only reproduce injustice. We at Equinox have put forward a number of important recommendations that could help steer the Green Deal away from its capitalistic, colonial foundation and towards new holistic, intersectional approaches that put social and racial justice at its core.

Among these recommendations are a clear commitment to racial justice, integrated policies linking the EU’s Anti-Racist Action Plan to the Green Deal, institutional reform, and a new relationship with civil society.

Only by acknowledging that it is perpetuating colonial capitalism, and committing to ending this approach, can the EU’s Green Deal be truly effective in addressing climate change. For far too long, European governments and companies have wreaked havoc across the world. It is time for justice, accountability and a complete overhaul of economic systems. Our collective survival depends on it.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.

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Cameroonian Namondo Replaces Rosa Malango As Un Resident Coordinator In Uganda




The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres has appointed Susan Ngongi Namondo of Cameroon as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda, with the host Government’s approval.
Ms Namondo is replacing Rosa Malango of Equatorial Guinea who first came to Uganda in 2016 as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative and Coordinator, and was in 2019 appointed Resident Coordinator reporting to the President and Secretary General of the United Nations.
Malango was recently promoted by Guterres to serve as Director, Economic Affairs for Regional Economic Commission headquartered in Europe.
Mrs Malango first communicated publicly on June 10, 2021 at the commemorations of Heroes Day at Kololo Independence Grounds that the UN Secretary, General Antonio Guterres had promoted her to serve as Director, Economic Affairs for Regional Economic Commission headquartered in Europe.
“It has been an honour for me to serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda during the past five years. The UN Secretary General has now promoted me to serve as Director Economic Affairs for the Regional Economic Commission under our headquarters in Europe. I will be coordinating the work of the economic Commission in Africa, Asia, the Americas as well as Europe,” she said.
“Today is my last Heroes Day in my current capacity. But I believe that Uganda has the potential to serve as a beacon of hope, peace and prosperity for the African continent and the world,” she added.
Ms. Ngongi Namondo has over 25 years of experience in development work, including 19 years leading development professionals in the areas of policy formulation and programme planning across four different United Nations agencies at the national, regional and headquarters levels.
Within the Organization, she most recently served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Eritrea, after occupying other senior positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including Representative to Ghana and Comoros, and Deputy Representative to Liberia. She also served the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Ngongi Namondo worked with the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), an international scientific organization, and global non-profits including Caritas Internationalis and Catholic Relief Services.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and in animal science from the University of Maryland, USA as well as master’s degrees in public administration from Columbia University, USA and in animal health from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

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Chad’s Football Dream




Football is a passion in Chad but the national team has yet to qualify for top African and world tournaments.

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