Partners

GAIN-Uganda

GAIN-Uganda

GAIN-Uganda is a non-profit network of civil society organisations (CSOs) that was founded following the great success of the project “Action for Strengthening Good Governance and Accountability in Uganda”. The EU co-financed project was implemented from 2011 to 2013 by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with Action for Development (ACFODE). It covered 11 Ugandan districts: Jinja, Palisa and Soroti in the east; Kabale, Kisoro, and Mbarara in the west; Arua, Pader and Lira in the north; and Masaka and Kiboga in the central region. Its overall objective was to contribute to the enhancement of democratic processes and accountability at the local level in Uganda while one of the specific objectives was to increase the capacities of and mechanisms for civil society and elected representatives to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in a democratic system more effectively. One of the strategies to achieve the goal of a capable and active civil society in the districts were training measures for representatives of civil society, trainings of trainers, and grassroots trainings. Furthermore, an assessment of the state of democratic governance and accountability at the local level was undertaken through both a self-assessment and a peer review process. These measures had as one of their outcomes the establishment of a network of CSOs who participated in the project, the trainings, and the assessment. In 2014 the network named itself the Governance and Accountability Inter-District CSO Network – Uganda, or in short: GAIN-Uganda. Today, GAIN-Uganda consists of 18 member organisations that are committed and engaged in the principles of good governance, accountability, and human rights. At its core, GAIN-Uganda works towards a democratic and accountable society at all levels of governance and the protection of human rights and civil liberties.

LéO Africa Forum

LéO Africa Forum

The LéO Africa Forum is an independent organization, promoting a better future for Africa by providing a platform for quality dialogues and discussions among emerging thought leaders in Africa and the world. The Forum membership is composed of young and emerging leaders, leaders in government & the private sector, and an extension of experts with enormous knowledge and experience in politics, business, foreign affairs, arts, and academia. The forum provides a platform where critical discussions take place, providing opportunities to inspire new ideas among the young generation, connect emerging leaders across the continent to progressive networks, and builds linkages that will facilitate collaborations and greater opportunities to advance Africa’s agenda. The LéO Africa Forum is also invested in promoting a positive message about Africa, and building quality networks among thought leaders who are passionate about Africa, in making contribution towards a better continent through effective leadership, and by engaging key actors in dialogue and building consensus on what has to be done in moving Africa forward Through its public platforms, it provides space for young and emerging leaders to engage in collaboration with key leaders in government, civil society and private sector in shaping ideas, and determining viable solutions to pressing issues such as unemployment, poverty & inequality, climate change, public health and others. KAS and the LéO Africa Forum implement joint events on the question of sustainable use of extractive industries for Uganda. Furthermore, the focus on young leaders is shared by KAS and the LéO Africa Forum, which makes it possible to also cooperate in this regard.
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MegaFM

MegaFM

Set up in 2002 as a local radio station, MegaFM has played a crucial role in the rebuilding of northern Uganda. It has provided the Luo communities access to information aimed at increasing opportunities for engagement in peace building and development. The station reaches effectively to the districts of Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Agago, Amuru, Nwoya, Oyam, Lira, Apach, Abim, Adjumani, Yumbe and parts of Nebbi and Masindi – making it one of the radio stations in the Northern Regions with the biggest outreach. MegaFM broadcasts focus on social and political development and peace building. As a result of its contribution and the spread of information connected to it, for example, a great number of rebels denounced rebellion to benefit from the amnesty law existing in Uganda. With the end of the LRA insurgence the station has played a crucial role in mobilising IDPs to return home. With the support of KAS, MegaFM has been recording and airing the programme Kabake Radion for a few years now. The programme travels to different villages in the Northern Region and provides a platform for community members to discuss issues that affect them directly, ranging from questions concerning marriage and cultural changes to political and democratic questions. Over the past view years the programme has gained a lot of popularity in the region and is seen to be giving a voice to the otherwise voiceless.

National Youth Council

National Youth Council

The National Youth Councils is a statutory body established in 1993 by an Act of Parliament as an umbrella organization of all Youth in Uganda between the ages of 18-30 years with the mission “to contribute significantly through the Youth Council structures to the social economic empowerment of youth by creating a sustainable and enabling environment.” The Council operates in all the 112 districts of Uganda. The vision of the NYC is “To be the leading organization in empowerment of youths, enabling them to serve and contribute effectively in the development process”. In line with this mission, the NYC has the objectives to organize the youth of Uganda in a unified body, to engage the youth in activities that is of benefit to them and the nation, and to protect the youth against any kind of manipulation The NYC has several functions which all have to do with youth representation and empowerment, among them to encourage the youth to consolidate their role in national development in the economic, social, cultural and educational fields, to initiate and encourage the formation of youth organizations and to facilitate communication among them, to provide a unified and integrated system through which the youth may communicate and coordinate their ideas and activities, and to establish channels through which economic and social services amenities may reach the youth in all areas of Uganda. Among the priority programme areas of the NYC is the advancement of leadership and youth participation, which makes it an ideal partner for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung under KAS’s goal to empower youth in political parties, leadership positions, and civil society. Currently, KAS supports the organisation and implementation of Youth Leadership Trainings which target youth councillors and train them on their roles and responsibilities as elected leaders.

Uganda Martyrs University

Uganda Martyrs University

The Uganda Martyrs University is a faith-based institution, owned by the Catholic Episcopal Conference. Its mission includes the attainment of Social Justice, providing holistic education, and empowering the powerless. UMU's mission is derived from the Christian understanding of the human person. In its approach, UMU hopes to develop an integral person by providing high quality education in a conducive environment in order to produce professionals of varying academic and social competencies. Starting in 2001, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) introduced a scholarship programme, through which talented young scholars have been enabled to pursue degrees in higher education at the Department of Development Studies and, since 2004 at the newly established Department of Good Governance and Peace Studies. The aim of the programme is to to enable future leaders to attain higher qualifications in the areas of governance, human rights, and democracy promotion to become drivers for positive change in their communities and their country. During the course of the programme many students from Uganda, and more recently also from South Sudan, have been able to benefit from the support given by KAS and are gradually developing a strong alumni network.
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University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG)

University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG)

Inspired by the need to create channels for effective contribution of the academia to the development of Uganda, Makerere University spearheaded the establishment of the University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG). UNIFOG is a not for profit organisation that aims to harness the outstanding expertise of universities and establish an effective connection of academics to development action in Uganda. Its founding in 2012 was intended to narrow the long observed – and widening – gap between professional expertise and policy development. UNIFOG targets to tap the skills and professional competence of the academia to facilitate measures aimed at promoting good governance and development. The forum takes over a dialogue and governance programme that was implemented by the Makerere University Convocation in cooperation with KAS. The programme areas of UNIFOG are democracy and leadership advancement, regional peace and security, climate and natural resources governance, and public sector accountability. KAS and UNIFOG cooperate mainly in the area of democracy and leadership advancement within the afore mentioned public dialogue and lecture series at the University on current political issues in the country. The participation of academics and practicing leaders in the dialogue series is one of its crucial ingredients. UNIFOG and KAS aim to qualify and nurture reflective future leaders who are informed, confident and espouse democratic values and to equip them with an optimal understanding of the governance structure in Uganda and the world in order for them to find ways of advancing in it and to establish gaps that they must address. Furthermore, UNIFOG and KAS are engaging the academia in the discourse on socio-economic development and political issues in Uganda. A special aspect of this approach is to connect practicing political leaders and academics in research and reflection activities for a better understanding of democratic practice.

Young Leaders Think Tank for Policy Alternatives

Young Leaders Think Tank for Policy Alternatives

The “Young Leaders Think Tank for Policy Alternatives” (Think Tank) is an initiative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to enhance youth participation in governance and policy formulation in Uganda. The Think Tank is a group of highly qualified and committed young Ugandans, who interact and work together on a regular basis to analyze policy issues and develop policy alternatives from the perspective of the young generation. The group members lead by example in the promotion of issue-based and constructive dialogue and debate, adhering to the guiding principles of tolerance and objectivity. Since it was founded, the Think Tank has conducted extensive research resulting in the development of policy papers on key development topics. The issues which have been addressed include: employment, elections, and health. The developed papers are shared with a cross-section of stakeholders where they are presented as policy alternatives from the perspectives of young people. In general, they have attracted wide ranging interests of key players. The Think Tank has over the years met with a variety of stakeholders in relevant policy areas in Uganda and abroad. Some of these include the Ministry of Education and Sports, the National Planning Authority, the Parliament of Uganda and politicians and Civil Society actors from Germany. In the last year, the Think Tank focused on the two issues of youth inclusion in the electoral process and HIV policies in Uganda. The paper on electoral review and reforms was presented to the Uganda Law Reform Commission to inform their own research on the topic and distributed at the National Consultative Conference on Free and Fair Elections as one of the key reading materials of all participants. In 2015, the Think Tank occupies itself with the issues of EAC integration and agriculture.
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ACTADE (African Centre for Trade and Development)

ACTADE (African Centre for Trade and Development)

The African Centre for Trade and Development (ACTADE) an independent, non-political, non-governmental organization fully registered under the laws of Uganda. It was established for the purpose of influencing and facilitating the development and promotion of trade and sustainable development through generating innovative policy ideas and policy alternatives in order to address both short and long term public policy challenges in the ever changing global, regional, national and local contexts. The work of ACTADE as research organisation and think tank concentrates on thematic areas and programmes including: Trade Policy and Economic Development; Climate Justice for Sustainable Development; Budget Analysis and Information Initiative; and Basic Needs Basket. The components of ACTADE programmes are: research, dialogue & debate, capacity building, information dissemination, and alliance building. KAS and ACTADE share the objective of enhancing and facilitating a continuous multi-stakeholder dialogue on economic policies in Uganda - with a special focus on the values and principles of Social Market Economy and their applicability in the Ugandan context.
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ACFODE (Action for Development)

ACFODE (Action for Development)

Action for Development (ACFODE) is a national, non-governmental women’s interest and development organization founded in 1985. It was formed by Ugandan women who had been denied access to attend the United Nations Third World Conference on Women (UNWCW), held in Nairobi in July 1985. After this conference, these women felt that Uganda needed a platform for debating women concerns and advocating for changes that address such concerns. ACFODE was therefore founded to provide this forum. ACFODE envisions a just society where there is gender equality of opportunities in all spheres of life. Its mission is to promote women’s empowerment, gender equality and equity through advocacy, networking and enhancing the capacities of both women and men. ACFODE’s thematic areas are good governance and democracy, women’s rights and inclusion, women’s economic empowerment and institutional development. In partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, ACFODE has successfully conducted civic and voter education for women during electoral processes as well as implementing capacity enhancement activities for potential women leaders with the aim of increasing women’s participation in decision-making. In addition, KAS supports a significant part of ACFODE’s Media Strategy under the good governance and women’s rights programmes. KAS also supports the publication of ACFODE’s Arise Magazine - a women’s development magazine. ACFODE is guided by the values of learning, openness, voluntarism, self determination, commitment, caring, respect, integrity, participation and teamwork. Just like KAS, ACFODE espouses the principle of democracy and participation. It is there fore this shared value that has enabled the partnership with KAS in promoting women’s participation in democratic processes in Uganda.
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Centre for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD)

Centre for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD)

The Centre for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD) is a non-profit organization with a focus to bring about holistic growth and development by uplifting the status of vulnerable communities within Uganda through the provision of media, media-related, and direct community interventions. It was founded with the goal to create a wider forum within which to advocate media literacy and community development issues especially in the areas of livelihoods and capacity building, social relations and education, public health and environment, policy advocacy and research, legal aid, and human rights. The partnership between CEMCOD and KAS is relatively young and started in 2014 with a conference on social media and political communication. Seeing the media as a chance for political actors and activists, the two organisations are going to jointly plan and implement media literacy workshops for local councilors as well as deepen their engagement concerning the issue of social media.
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FAD (Foundation for African Development)

FAD (Foundation for African Development)

The Foundation for African Development (FAD) was started in 1979 as an indigenous non-governmental organization with an aim of contributing to the establishment of democratic governance in Uganda. FAD envisions building a democratic culture based on dialogue, social justice, respect for human rights and freedoms and democratic governance. FAD’s mission is to develop an informed and empowered citizenry through provision of continuous civic education and facilitating mechanisms for meaningful citizenship participation in the political, social and economic development of Uganda. FAD further undertakes initiatives to uplift people’s incomes and livelihoods and provides a framework for collaboration with stakeholders working on peace and conflict resolution. Special emphasis is drawn on mobilizing, and strengthening women, youth and other marginalized groups. FAD is guided by the values of fairness, respect for human dignity, tolerance, pluralism and democracy, truthfulness, integrity, equality, love for mankind, good leadership, and solidarity. In partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, FAD undertakes a number of programmmes covering a wide range of activities at different levels. These span from capacity building for local government institutions, judicial reform programs, civil society issues and the rule of law, to economic policy and value oriented dialogues. Our partnership is strengthened by the fact that FAD and KAS have much in common; we share the values of democracy, pluralism, human rights, respect of law and the ideals of freedom and commitment to civil liberties. Currently KAS supports a number of FAD activities including: a series of seminars and public dialogues on multi-party politics; legal and constitutional reforms; research and regular publications on topical issues such as the state of democratic governance and the rule of law in Uganda.