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.
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LéO Africa Institute

LéO Africa Institute
The LéO Africa Institute is an independent organization, promoting a better future for Africa through fostering exchange of ideas among young and emerging leaders about the processes shaping the governance environment, how we relate with one another, and how we conduct business on the continent.The LéO Africa Institute network 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 institute, through its different initiatives, 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 building linkages that will facilitate collaborations and greater opportunities to advance Africa’s agenda. KAS and the LéO Africa Institute implement joint activities on leadership training for young and emerging leaders, discussions on sustainable economic growth and governance in Uganda and the region. Furthermore, the focus on young leaders is shared by KAS and the Institute, which makes it possible to also cooperate in this regard. Website: http://www.leoafricainstitute.org/who-we-are
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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.
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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. 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.
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University Forum on Governance

University Forum on Governance
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.

Youth4Policy

Youth4Policy v_2
Youth4Policy is a joint initiative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Centre for Development Alternatives aimed at empowering the next generation of Ugandan policy experts to meaningfully contribute to policy analysis and public debates. Youth4Policy serves as capacity development lab for youth leaders from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds such as academia, civil society, and public service with a motivation to research and analyse specific policy questions from a youth perspective.
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ACTADE (African Centre for Trade and Development)

ACTADE (African Centre for Trade and Development) v_1
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 organization 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 sustainable economic policies in Uganda - with a special focus on climate change, digitalization and the values of Social Market Economy and their applicability in the Ugandan context.
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ACFODE (Action for Development)

ACFODE (Action for Development) v_1
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) v_1
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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Women in Media

Women in Media v_3
#womeninmediaug is a campaign which we are running with local Ugandan organizations interested in promoting human rights and inclusive media development. The campaign is geared towards increasing understanding of gender issues by the media with a goal of realizing more gendered reporting. The campaigns take shape in the form of series of meetings, dialogues,research and social media engagement. The meeting series are curated in such manner that they create a physical platform where influential women in media can share ideas, inspire each other and create new web of opportunities through both the social and professional networks that will are created and reinvigorated by such continuous engagements.

Centre for Development Alternatives

Centre for Development Alternatives
The Centre for Development Alternatives (CDA) is an independent East African think-and-do-tank. CDA nurtures home-grown and locally contextualised ideas for transforming East Africa into a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable region. Their evidence-based approach seeks to identify the binding constraints to long-term economic, political and social transformation. KAS and CDA are working together on the publication of the publication series "Reality Check".
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Media Challenge Initiative

Media Challenge Initiative v_1
The Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) was founded in 2016 with the vision to train the next generation of journalists and storytellers in Uganda and address these high rates of youth unemployment. The MCI educates students of journalism in practical skills and social justice-focused reporting, filling a gap in practical skills training and aiming to help recent journalism graduates gain employment. The organization was born from an annual competition recognizing student journalists’ work from universities around Uganda, when the initiators realized that many universities were lacking critical practical skills trainings in addition to theory. MCI and KAS work together to inspire a new generation of young and aspiring journalists in Uganda through the Inter-Institutional Media Challenge which brings together student journalists to gain learning opportunities for in-depth solutions journalism training and reporting, networking and mentorship with media professionals and career growth opportunities.subject of citizen journalists.
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Hub for Investigative Media (HIM)

Hub for Investigative Media (HIM)
Hub for Investigative Media (HIM) promotes investigative media with the sole aim of promoting good governance and accountability in the country. Though the laws that empower media to promote good governance and accountability are in place, they have not been thoroughly harnessed to create a positive impact in society, especially now that the country is facing unprecedented corruption. HIM and KAS are working together to put to practice the Access to Information (ATI) Act 2005 as a means to ensure that government ministries, agencies, authorities, commissions and other public bodies do abide by this law by providing information relating to these organizations and their operations to the public. The Access to Information Act was enacted to give effect to Article 41 of the Constitution of Uganda by providing the right to access information held by organs of the state with the aim of promoting an efficient, effective, transparent and accountable government.
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Inter-Party Youth Platform (IYOP)

Inter-Party Youth Platform (IYOP) v_2
The interparty youth platform is a cooperation framework that brings together youth leagues of eight political parties including Conservative Party (CP), Democratic Party (DP), Forum for Democratic Change, Justice Forum (JEEMA), People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). Since its inception in 2011, the platform has chapioned several intiatives to improve youth participation in political proceesses. For instance, in 2015 filled a petition before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee in which they submitted thier views and proposals on electoral reforms. The youth appealed to the committee not to discriminate against youth who would like to compete in the parliamentary elections by increasing nomination fees. At the height of the 2016 general elections in Uganda, IYOP and KAS again partnered to run a peaceful election campaign by organizing public dialogues, social media engagements and writing a youth communique which was presented to the Electoral Commission of Uganda and widely dissiminated on several news outlets. Today, our work with IYOP continues to provide a unique platform for imploring youth in Uganda to join party politics and be constructive participants in political processes.
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