The Stories Compared (2)


Ovago Vile Vile


Rope Bridge

Key Turning Points

  • Establishment of government of national unity with opposition forces
  • Implementation of a national dialogue/ healing process
  • Decentralization of power to the regions
  • Resource depletion/collapse of rural economies and livelihoods
  • Deepening of economic liberalization, in particular land reforms
  • Phasing out of aid subsidies
  • Non implementation of election manifesto
    Breakdown of dialogue with and attempts to stifle opposition forces
  • Lack of resources to deliver social services and projects

Main Drivers

  • Fear of renewed conflict as a result of the transition failing
  • A shared vision that Uganda can be ‘bigger and better’
  • Universal Primary Education
  • Greed and callousness of the political and business elites
  • Legacy of violence, conflict and mistrust
  • Intransigence of the political elite in power and their role in collapsing avenues for dialogue
  • Deepening of poverty and social exclusion

Main Challenges

  • Building national unity – regaining the trust of citizens in their leaders and national institutions
  • Economic reforms – developing rural areas and creating employment for a growing population
  • Maintaining the viability of rural economies and livelihoods
  • Absorption and integration of the migrants from the rural areas in urban areas
  • Building a national conversation on ‘what needs to be done’
  • Building trust and tolerance in a climate fraught with tensions
  • Maintaining the faith of the populace in democracy and its institutions


  • Efforts at reconciliation are welcomed and successful
  • Leadership is able to work closely with opposition forces in national unity government for a prolonged period of time
  • Economy is able to yield sufficient returns to generate incomes and employment
  • Ethnic and sectarian divides will morph into class issues, particularly amongst the poor and disenfranchised
  • Conflict will not be widespread or spontaneous, and that it will be largely confined to the north and contained in the slum areas
  • That there is unity of purpose within the opposition that creates sufficient critical mass to take on the regime
  • That the regime can outlast its opponents over two electoral seasons and still maintain a solid grip on affairs

Most interesting and innovative idea to emerge from the story


  • National healing process to redress past misdeeds/traumas which facilitates process of building national unity
  • Environment is harnessed as a source of wealth creation, employment and revitalization of rural areas
  • Group identity is redefined along class lines and no longer across ethnic or sectarian divides
  • Prolonged and deepening inequalities eventually undermine national unity
  • Civil society is able to provide a critical counterweight to the excesses of the regime and at the same time remain sufficiently vibrant and legitimate alternative for change
  • Regime change – external and internal forces collaborate in interests of both the nation and the region
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