Satomi Kamei

After graduating with her doctorate in May 2016, Satomi began work in Uganda in August with JICA where she is part of a project supporting district governments.


My job with JICA covers two sub-regions – West Nile and Acholi – which means that I travel a lot. . Located next to each other in northern Uganda, these sub-regions are quite unique in their own ways and activities with the project are diverse as well. When not traveling, I have my office space within the Planning Department of Arua District Government. Consequently, Arua is like my host district. This work setting has given me great opportunities to observe and learn how things work with local governments. I like working with district colleagues; they are mostly diligent, which I highly respect.I am happy to once again be posted in Africa. [1-18]


Satomi reports that in 2018:

I continue to travel frequently and extensively across two sub-regions – West Nile and Acholi – in northern Uganda. There are 17 districts within the two regions, which inevitably requires me to travel! By now I have familiarized myself with each district government I have been working with for the last 2.5 years.


I am happy to say that I have seen positive changes emerging here and there despite that all kinds of development challenges are still persistent on the ground. I feel fortunate that I have this challenging but rewarding work to engage with Ugandan colleagues and witness them gradually building more confidence in their endeavor. In this respect, I look forward to continuing our development efforts with my Ugandan brothers and sisters in local government planning (currently I have only two female district planners). [1-19]




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