In December I was off to Uganda for a whirlwind trip of just a few days facilitating a workshop for the Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability (UCCA), hosted by the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER). This was my second trip to Uganda, and I was pleased to reconnect with familiar faces and meet many new ones, too. While on my first visit in 2014 I had visited the oil-rich Albertine, this time the UCCA workshop for NGOs and community-based organizations from across the country was held in Jinja, just outside of Kampala, where I had only previously been for a day for some first-rate whitewater rafting.
While the training covered the gamut of topics ranging from land to conflict, from environmental impact assessment to amicus briefs in investor-State arbitration, and a range of advocacy strategies, one topic unquestionably stole the show and captured participants’ hearts and minds: following the money. I was only too happy to share the formidable work of Inclusive Development International (IDI) on making investment chain mapping and financier advocacy more accessible to more local communities, grassroots activists and NGOs.