Barbara Barungi Profile

Barbara Barungi is a development practitioner currently serving as the Lead Economist with the African Development Bank in Nigeria. She has previously worked as an economist at the UNDP Regional Bureau of Africa, UNDP headquarters in New York. Prior to that was an advisor to the Minister of Finance in Rwanda. Some of the other […]

The African is corrupt through and through, Mr. Green?

Corruption in Uganda has evolved unique traditions, including a class system that apportions how much the members can fleece the victims. The three classes of the corrupt – the commoners, the aristocrats and the royals – enjoy a symbiotic relationship and protect each other’s interests from the nosy folks who are forever trying to expose […]

The African and the Tall Poppy Syndrome

African culture is endowed with many positive qualities that one hopes will survive the powerful influence of American culture as it steadily conquers the world. African social interactions, especially our love of neighbour and our respect for the elders, are but a few of these humanistic cultures that we must protect and promote on the […]

In praise of Nkuba Kyeyo

Many Ugandans despise us. We are the Nkuba Kyeyo, a Luganda phrase that literally means: “I am a sweeper”, as in sweeping the streets and other facilities in foreign lands. It is used as a derogatory term for the Ugandan Diaspora, rooted in a culture that despises manual labor. The Kampala newspapers refer to the […]

Africa’s National Anthems Betrayed

One of the enduring creations that were bequeathed to us by Africa’s independence leaders was a plethora of glorious national anthems. As each country lowered its colonial flag, the new flag soared towards the blue sky and the uniformed service band struck a new anthem that called upon the citizens to renew their patriotism and […]

The African woman and the cross of childbirth

During a visit to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital in 2010, I was very anxious to get to the maternity and newborn baby units, this being the place where I expected to feel professionally most at home. Things started off very well as my host, Dr. Michael Odongo Osinde, an obstetrician who doubled as the hospital’s […]