Finding solutions for tomorrow's farmers in Uganda

Thumb_alastair-stewart
Farmers in Uganda need microfinance to plan for the future. Photo: Reuters

A brief, final thought as I head back to the airport with Geoff Dennis and Jo Broughton from Care International. The TV and radio news leads on the influx of refugees from the continuing civil war in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Geoff tells me it has been going on for decades, involves the aftermath of troubles in Rwanda and to a degree Burundi. Simple folk, fleeing a ghastly fighting war, looking for peace, looking for solace.

Care's people in Uganda will be drawn into doing their bit as well as working up the Banking on Change project we visited. They are constantly trying to forge tomorrow's solution against a back-drop of yesterday's chronic problems.

At the meeting last night I had a fascinating chat with the guy from DFiD, our overseas aid and development department.

We mused over how tough it was to support UK's modest aid budget in the face of cuts elsewhere and deep rooted antagonism in other quarters. The Care International team also spoke about how isolated, disempowered and disenfranchised so many women in Uganda were and how it informed do much of what they do.

It really is another world: The House of Lord's Reform and strains within the Coalition seem relatively insignificant in some ways. I know they aren't but they seem so from this angle.

Paul Tucker's testimony or life and death struggles in the third world?

Barclays have to focus on both. I suspect they are happier with their Uganda operation than London. I know I am better for having spent four days in this world before returning to mine.