Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Brain drain hits Uganda

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By Reuben Olita in Nairobi UGANDA is among African countries most hit by ‘brain drain’, the emigration of skilled workers to rich countries. In 2000, one in five Ugandans who finished tertiary education, or 21.6%, left for greener pastures, according to the just released report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Brain-drain went down compared to 1990, when almost one in three Ugandan professionals left the country. Nevertheless, it is still higher than in other countries of the East-Africa Community. Rwanda and Burundi lost 19% of their skilled people in 2000, while Tanzania saw 15.8% of its intellectuals move abroad. Overall, brain drain from the least developed countries went up from 16.5% of tertiary educated people in 1990 to 21.4% in 2000. Gambia tops the list in Africa: 64.7% of its educated people left in 2000, followed by Somalia (58.6%), Eritrea (45.8%), Mozambique (42%) and Sierra Leone (41%). [Read more]

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