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]

 

Her 2019 Report:

2019 was another busy year with my work here in Uganda. Throughout the year I traveled frequently and extensively across 19 districts in West Nile and Acholi. The current financial year is the final year of JICA's technical assistance to strengthen local governments’ capacity in planning. The decentralized planning landscape has been substantially and positively changing during the last few years. Districts and sub-counties now mostly feel that their planning has much improved. Importantly, many have more confidence in their planning, which is seemingly more participatory, transparent and accountable.

 

Now I have 19 Ugandan brothers and sisters who are engaging in decentralized planning and budgeting across the two sub-regions. It’s been truly rewarding for me to observe them growing and becoming more competent. My contract ends in June 2020 and during the remaining months I will be busy wrapping up our intervention here in Uganda.[1-20]

 

Email: satomi_kamei@hotmail.com

 

Degree: 
Ed.D.
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Status: 
CIE Graduate