U.S. Mission Hosts a Youth Technology Camp

Three talented young Ugandans organized a technology camp on April 27 at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala to share their expertise with other youth. The three organizers are alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) TechCamp, held last October in South Africa.

The two-day camp, where Joan Apego, Sharon Againe, and Baker Lwasampijja interacted with world-class technology trainers, allowed the trio to explore new technologies that could enhance their work, whether in development, the private sector, or civil society.

The U.S. Embassy invited 28 Ugandans from the YALI Network to participate in the YALI Mini TechCamp: Digital Solutions for Grassroots Organizing. The participants received expert guidance on how to leverage technology for the purposes of marketing, campaigning, and networking. They later worked together in small groups to develop technological solutions to challenges in their communities.

YALI TechCamps aim to foster economic growth, increase transparency, promote human rights, and spread democratic values. The YALI Network provides virtual training, tools, and technology to equip young African leaders with the skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries.