Ugandan leader: Be prepared to listen

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Ugandan leader: Be prepared to listen

Parliamentary member tells students that U.S. can be part of global dialog
About the Global Livingston Institute

Rose Namayanja’s perspective about how the U.S. and Uganda can continue to collaborate on development projects that improve Africans’ lives is helping GLI garner interest in its work. Each year the institute organizes and leads student trips and community leader trips to Uganda and Rwanda. There, the groups “listen, think and then act” to garner ideas that are mutually beneficial. Director John Pirkopf said the institute works to “turn the message of charity work on its head.” Key to that is more listening and understanding a community’s needs. “We take people there to see it, not change it,” he said.
The institute works on issues of poverty, child violence, environmental conservation, health and more. GLI partners with several organizations, including the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, the Buechner Institute and Makerere University.
For more information, including opportunities to be part of a student or community leader trip, visit www.globallivingston.org.

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