Book on Militarization and Development in Uganda Launched

A book titled “Militarizing More to Develop Faster?: Uganda’s Difficult Choices on Governance, Human Rights and the Economy” was launched on 22nd November 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The book is edited by Sylvie Namwase, Ronald Naluwairo, Zahara Nampewo, and Ole Wæver.

The book is the product of a 4 years’ research collaboration between the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC), School of Law (SoL) at Makerere University and Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC), Department of Political Science, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark funded by DANIDA.

L-R: James Nkuubi, Mathilde Kaalund Dr. Zahara Nampewo, Assoc. Professor Ronald Naluwairo, Dr. Sylvie Namwase and Dr. Ole Wæver

Participants at the launch from Makerere University included: Assoc. Professor Ronald Naluwairo, Principal –SoL, Dr. Zahara Nampewo, Deputy Principal –SoL, Dr. Busingye Kabumba, Director – HURIPEC, Dr. Sylvia Namwase, Lecturer, SoL and James Nkuubi, PhD Candidate, SoL.

The book is the first comprehensive analysis of militarisation’s permeation and consolidation within Uganda’s economy and society. It details the loss of livelihoods, weakened civilian institutions, human rights violations, and widened patrimonial networks among other outcomes of deploying Uganda’s military to the country’s key development sectors such as fisheries, agriculture, land, and mineral resources. The book is published by The African Studies Bookstore (www. and can be ordered online.