Gender, Governance, and Participatory Development in Uganda: Lessons for the Local Governments


Location: Hesburgh Center, Room C103

Robert Senath Esuruku, senior lecturer at the Institute of Ethics and Development Studies, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, Uganda; Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow, University of Notre Dame

Robert Esuruku (Ph.D., University of Dar es Salaam), senior lecturer at the Institute of Ethics and Development Studies of Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), will be in residence at the Institute for the 2010–11 academic year. In his project, he is investigating how gender is constructed and institutionalized in local politics and rural development. Exploring representation, rule of law, accountability, human rights, and popular participation in local development programs, he aims to draw lessons for public policy from women’s experiences. He is also working closely with the Institute’s Ford Program to advance its community engagement work in Uganda.

The founding dean of the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UMU, Esuruku participated in the recent African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) evaluation of the Ugandan state initiated by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). His Kellogg project will advance his book project “Gender, Governance, and Development” and contribute to UMU’s Democracy and Development Studies Programme. He will coteach a course on African political development in the spring with Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.