Ugandan Prime Minister Attends Policy Leaders Forum at Boston University's Pardee School
Rt Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda spoke at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies on Friday, May 26. African Food and Peace Foundation co-hosted the event as part of the Policy Leaders Forum, a series of events at the Pardee School that brings senior international policy makers to BU for conversations with faculty, students, and guests.
Prime Minister Rugunda spoke on progress made by Ugandan civil society and lauded the investments made by global partners. He discussed the importance of grassroots movements and the necessity of the African people to have agency in the development of their own continent.
“Africa, without any single doubt, is the continent of the future,” he said. “It is the right of the African people to determine its own destiny.”
He also discussed the significant role of education in African development. “Education must be professionalized to catalyze development and address the problems we face,” he said. He called for continuous reform of curriculum and relevant courses tailored for present-day challenges.
Dr. Rugunda added that his optimism comes from empowered populations such as the large African youth population and the strong Ugandan diaspora in Boston. “The future of Africa is bright,” he said. “The history has been traumatic but the resilience of the people has been outstanding.”
The Prime Minister also lauded the investments made by global partners. “You, the friends of Africa, have been the ambassadors and the investors. We salute you for the solidarity.”
Dr. Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School, presented Dr. Rugunda and moderated the conversation. Attendees included Karen Ansara of New England International Donors, Partners in Health CEO Dr. Muhammad H. Zaman, Wheaton College President Dennis Hanno, and notable Boston University professors.