James Kassaga Arinaitwe, MA, MPH

Teach for Uganda,

Get to know James

At a young age, Arinaitwe lost his parents and four siblings to infectious diseases, which included HIV/AIDS in rural western Uganda. As an “AIDS orphan” (a phrase which he uses critically), he experienced the often-problematic international development system first hand.  In his essay, he wrote, “I encountered a republic of NGOs claiming their legitimacy in my home country, and defining ‘AIDS orphans’ like myself with their own narratives and agendas.”  He is currently a 2015  Global Fellow at Acumen where he is working  LabourNet a social enterpise in  Bangalore, Iniia with a mission of educating, skilling and employing  over 10 million workers by 2020. Before that, he partnered with secondary schools in Uganda to provide education around entrepreneurship and leadership development for youth in sustainable development.  He was also a 2012-2013 Global Health Corps Fellow and continues to represent GHC as Uganda’s alumni president.