Name: Yvette Ampaire.
Birthday: October 22, 1985
Education: BA. Environmental management
MA: International Relations and Diplomat studies (on-going)
Occupation: Development Worker
Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
A world that works for everyone is a world where developing countries have an influential say in global decisions; where leaders can make decisions basing on power of love for the people, instead of the love for power on the people. In such a world there would hardly be human insecurity, food insecurity, seed insecurity, environmental insecurity, health insecurity and national insecurity.
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
Lack of nationalism, diminishing levels of vital traditions and culture in societies, Climate Change, lack of proper communication and transparency between the people and their leaders at all levels; from local, national, regional, continental and international level is the cause of the most pressing problems like; Climate Change and Environment degradation, poor infrastructure, Spread of Diseases, Price fluctuations of agricultural products in African states, corruption and misuse of public funds within the national judiciary, executive and parliament, high unemployment levels and low income levels for the youth, war and refugees and dependency on aid for national development in developing states. I also see that most of the problems are due to mismanagement of resources, greed, unresolved disputes and lack of communication of leaders from the smallest political unit (the family) up to the biggest political international system.
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
These problems can be solved if international Organizations and global agencies are monitored by strict watch dogs to maintain fairness and equal justice to all states. Despite the preferences rendered to the states which financially contribute the most to international aid and development, the leaders/representatives from developing countries should be seriously put into consideration despite their many challenges and high poverty levels. All leadership from all states should be respected and not used strategically to develop more countries than others. If developing states are working towards developing third world states should be taught the very ways through which they archived development instead of creating a dependant situation within their governments. This situation causes corruption, poverty, wars, mis-use of natural resources.
Individuals and local leaders can also be taught their responsibilities and roles in reducing the cause of problems. We (individuals) are the main causes of all our problems before they translate into global problems.
Having lived and studied in Uganda all my life, I have learned to appreciate and work towards contributing to an environment that is to enjoyable to work, live and survive with other people in consideration. I studied Environmental Management at Makerere University where I attained knowledge on environmentally friendly sustainable development. I further engaged myself into practical management of the urban environment by joining environment movements, networks and campaigns like Makerere University Environment Management Association (MUEMA), 350.Org, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC Uganda), Food Rights Alliance (FRA), Energy Crossroads, United Nations Framework on Climate Change Youth (UNFCCC) Youth; which led me to work in various places towards national and regional development; Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM Uganda), Easter and Southern African Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF Uganda), Energy Crossroads East African Chapter, NAWODA clean energy project (Nyeihanga Women’s development Association). I have further learned about capacity building, lobbying and advocating for improvement of livelihoods for marginalized citizens.
My interest for international service developed after my experience at the 350.Org Climate Change activist and leadership training in Johannesburg, South Africa and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009 increased my interest to understand leadership and international politics in relation to sustainable development. I realized that individual actions at the grass roots are influenced and governed by International policies and the most influential international political actors.
I have gone ahead to pursue an MA in International Relations and Diplomat studies at Makerere University to increase my understanding on the un-avoidable relations and politics that influence sustainable development within states. You will always catch me involved in representing, lobbying and advocating for youth, women and marginalized persons on Clean Energy issues, Climate Change Adaptation, Gender mainstreaming, environment conservation, Human Rights, food security, organic agriculture and entrepreneurship at local, regional and international spaces.
I love to work in teams because I know that many people are gifted and talented in many ways hence it is easy to carry out a project with proper distribution of roles and a uniform vision for a project to be outstanding from other ordinary projects.
I also believe that for one to quickly reach his destiny, he needs to work/go alone with no destruction from other people, but this person will quickly fall apart on his own with no one to help him. One should go slowly to reach his/her destiny with a team of people because they will always have his back in challenging situations.
More about my interests, I love touring and studying areas with rich history or with very different and new cultures from mine. I have been to seven countries in Africa and Europe. I also love reading good inspirational books, taking part in political debates, I appreciate photography and I play the saxophone.
I would like to be an influential leader that speaks and negotiates for Uganda at the Regional, Continental level especially in the area of Environment, Climate Change and security. I would like to be remembered as one of the ladies who inspired many people and worked towards Pan-Africanism and Environment conservation in Africa. With the responsibilities and challenge that leadership comes with, I would like to be a good citizen, an exemplary parent and a good wife.