Social economic challenges faced by the karamajongo community in masese division, jinja district

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Kampala International University,College of Humanities and Social Sciences
There has been an increasing number of Karamojong families arriving and settling in Masese division of Jinja district. However, little is known about the socio-economic and social-cultural problems faced by the Karamojong as they settle and adjust to the largely urban environment in Masese division. The purpose of this study was to examine the socio-economic problems faced by the Karamojong who have migrated and settled in Masese-Jinja district, Uganda. It was a cross sectional study using face-to-face interviews in a mixed-methods approach. Analyses were conducted to gain a better understanding of the factors that force the Karamojongo to migrate out of their homeland and the problems they face in their new, largely urban settings. The study found that the Karamojong leave their homeland because of the harsh weather conditions, as well as escaping inter-tribal wars, to look for employment, and generally look for better standards of living. While in Masese division, they report feeling isolated, unemployed, exposed to crime and generally the high costs of urban living. These data suggest that to improve on the Karamojongs plight in Masese division, the government and other policy makers in Masese need to improve not only their conditions of living, but also structural interventions like facilitated resettlements and income generating projects, skills building training.
A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Degree of Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration of Kampala International University
Social economic, karamajongo community, jinja district