Second international field class of the year (the Geographer’s live), this time helping staff the undergraduate field class to Uganda, ably led by Dan Hammett.
A group of 20 students worked hard over the week in Uganda, focused around doing empirical work with people living in informal settlements in Jinja, Uganda’s second city. This was in partnership with local NGO Working as Angels, who made it possible for the students to work with people in a wide range of life and livelihood circumstances. In the process, students learn a great deal. Inevitably they learn more about the challenges – practical, ethical and emotional – of conducting research in situation like this; and probably more about themselves; than they can about the lived experience of poverty.
We were hosted by the Bugosa Trust and had a day out of Jinja, visting some of the Trust’s water and sanitation projects with rural communities. The Trust gets community buy-in to water supply improvements and bring in a range of related interventions – like the tippy tap next to this latrine.
On our last day, a boat trip on Lake Victoria gave us a different perspective on the effects of formalisation and regulation on fishing livelhoods; and a visit to the official source of the Nile.