ADEPT e.V. supports six educational institutions in Uganda, four secondary schools and two vocational training centres.
In the last number of years, Uganda has developed into a stabilising force in East Africa. The economic and social situation has improved considerably since the early 1990s. The government has been particularly successful in combating poverty and reducing the HIV infection rate. The policy of the Ugandan government is development-oriented, even though the government's reform efforts in Uganda, the "model country of development policy", have partly slackened in recent years. For example, there are considerable problems with governance, especially in the fight against corruption.
The East African country has developed into the main receiving country for refugees in Africa: Almost 1.4 million people have fled to Uganda. Nevertheless, Uganda remains one of the least developed countries in the world (see UN/LDC list).
The population size is estimated at 44 million with a population growth of 3.3 percent. Due to the high birth rate, the average population is young. Besides Niger, Uganda has the youngest population in the world: almost half of the population is younger than 15 - an immense challenge for the country. Many development successes are being neutralised again by the large population growth. Every year, hundreds of thousands of young Ugandans enter the labour market, and unemployment is high.
The official languages are English and Swahili, although the latter is de facto not spoken. School lessons are held in English from first grade onwards. The most important local languages are Luganda, Luo, Iteso, Lusuga and Rwanyankole. Over 80 percent of the population is Christian; the proportion of Muslims is just under 14 percent.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been the head of state since 1986, the last inauguration was on May 12, 2016. The government is a presidential government, and the ruling party is the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Sources: Homepage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; Country database of the German Foundation for World Population; Homepage of the Federal Foreign Office.
Status: January 2019