Uganda History

Uganda's Background

We’re trying to minimise the consequences of Uganda’s socially, economically and politically challenging history

Ugandan History: A Turbulent Colonial Past

Between 1894 and 1962, Uganda was under the control of the British Empire. During this time, the country’s domestic resources were not distributed equally and the majority of Uganda’s own people were neglected.

These decades of ethnic and religious favouritism have fuelled many violent conflicts across Uganda, which have undermined its development as a nation.

Uganda History

A Young Population In poverty

Uganda History
  • Uganda’s population is 44.3 million. 41% are living in poverty (less than $1.90 per day).


  • Uganda has one of the youngest populations of any country in the world: almost half of its people are under 15 years old.


  • Multidimensional poverty affects 56% of Uganda’s under-18 population.

For more information, read about the AFFAD Economic Empowerment Program

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