History of Uganda Sociological and Anthropological Association (USAA)
The Uganda Sociological and Anthropological Association, or USAA, is a non-profit organization representing professional anthropologists and sociologists in Uganda. In 2006, the sociology department of Makerere University came up with the concept for USAA. The association’s first formal general meeting at Hotel Africana was on August 8, 2006.
Mission of USAA
The mission of USAA is to research and analyze issues affecting modern-day African civilizations and cultures. The academic community in Uganda needs to be exposed to sociological imagination and critical thinking, according to USAA.
Activities of USAA
- Members of USAA participate in planning, policy implementation, migration initiatives, and socioeconomic rehabilitation initiatives.
- Meetings, seminars, and discussions with other social scientists concerning the progress of Ugandan society are the primary objectives of USAA.
- USAA strives to research problems including poverty and conflicts between religions and tribes in Africa.
Uganda Sociological and Anthropological Association Conference
The year 2017 witnessed the major official conference of USAA that was themed “Hunger and Food Security in Uganda from a sociological and anthropological perspective: Are we missing a point.”
International collaborations of Uganda Sociological and Anthropological Association
- As an official organization of the discipline of sociology and anthropology, USAA is affiliated with the International Sociological Association.
- USAA regularly interacts with international organizations to ensure that global awareness of Ugandan concerns is raised.
- Numerous sociologists and social scientists, including Drs. Paulina Kurforiji and Florence Wakoko, visit Uganda as part of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to collaborate with Lira University and Makerere University.
Sociology in Uganda
- An applied sociology and development degree is offered at Nkumba University in Uganda.
- Another essential university in Uganda that provides sociology courses is Makerere University College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Famous Ugandan sociologists like Sarah Banage are well-known internationally for their role in transforming the country’s oil and gas industry.
- She graduated from the Uganda Management Institute of Public Administration and Management, a renowned sociology institution.
- Another sociologist who has revolutionized the Ugandan tourist industry is Lilly Ajarova, Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board.
- Celize Christy has researched the sociology of farming cultures and worked with Ugandan farmers.
- In Uganda, anthropologists and sociologists are researching the Bantu, Nilotics, Nilo Hamites, and Hamites ethnic groups.
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