Our stop at the United States Embassy located in Kampala, Uganda was an informative session discussing U.S.– Ugandan relations. At our arrival, we were led through multiple security procedures to ensure the safety of the ambassador and his staff. Unfortunately, because of the extensive security, we were unable to have electronic devices and were prohibited from taking photographs. It was a change of pace to see a westernized building after spending almost two and a half weeks in Ugandan buildings constructed of cement and clay. Nonetheless, the compound was well-manicured representative of the U.S. government. Continuing, we walked to our conference room where we eagerly awaited the arrival of Ambassador Scott DeLisi.
Ambassador DeLisi is currently serving as the ambassador to Uganda and has served as a foreign serviceman for the last 33 years. DeLisi’s talk focused on the struggles that are currently presenting themselves in the relationship between the United States and Uganda. Following the debate and passage of the Anti-homosexuality Act, the relationship has been strained due to the observed human rights violations.
In addition, the U.S. government has and is currently pouring large amounts of aid into the Uganda healthcare sector but is seeing little effort by the Ugandan government to create a sustainable model to take over the sector and relieve its dependence on foreign aid. In general, the U.S. government seeks to preserve basic human rights around the world and is fulfilling its quest by decreasing HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Uganda and by investing in the well being of mothers and the circumcision of males. Lastly, Ambassador DeLisi emphasized the difficulty in working with a government that is known for large amounts of corruption. By realizing the corruption within the government, the United States focuses its monetary donations towards organizations. For now, the relationship between the Uganda government of the United States government is being maintained on a friendly level; however, only time will if differing values will jeopardize this relationship.