Africa

UGANDA 2018

Citizens’ Initiative for Police Reform

Facilitation for Peace and Development

$53,018

To promote an ethical, accountable, and transparent security sector. The organization will conduct an analysis on reforming the police force and develop a series of policy recommendations that will be used for advocacy. The grantee will facilitate the establishment of a national forum for retired police officers, and will work closely with its civil society partners as well as with members of Parliament who are committed to reform.

Civil Society Policy Platform

Public Policy Institute

$39,000

To promote community-driven policy solutions that strengthen democratic values in Uganda. The organization will hold meetings and establish an interactive online platform to bring together relevant stakeholders in order to generate new knowledge and approaches that will guide civil society and political actors to design social and political messages, debates, and policy advocacy that will mobilize grassroots organizations toward political reform.

Engaging Stakeholders To Advocate For Campaign Finance Legislation And Advance Political Reform

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$250,000

To engage stakeholders to advocate for campaign finance legislation and advance political reform in Uganda. The institute will provide technical support and strategic guidance to like-minded members of parliament and civil society stakeholders by strengthening citizen organizing and activism, and building momentum behind advocacy for draft campaign finance legislation.

Parliament Watch

Centre for Policy Analysis

$45,000

To enhance the transparency, accountability, and responsiveness of the Ugandan parliament. The grantee will provide consistent information and analysis on legislative, budgetary, and accountability processes and procedures through its web portal and social media sites. The organization will also organize online dialogue sessions on contentious policy issues and produce public policy briefs that seek to promote meaningful citizen engagement in legislative processes.

Promoting Accountability and Responsiveness of Elected Leaders

Women’s Democracy Network – Uganda

$42,000

To support the emergence of responsive, transparent, and accountable leadership. The grantee will organize quarterly radio programs and dialogues to discuss best practices for civic engagement, governance, and service delivery. The organization will also share its documentary based on good governance, informing local leaders and citizens of best practices in top performing districts in Uganda to improve citizens’ welfare in the health and education sectors.

Promoting Active Citizenship

Foundation for Human Rights Initiative

$40,000

To promote awareness of civic rights and participation in political processes. The grantee will utilize new and traditional media as well as community dialogues to challenge narrowing civic space and passive political participation. Through a multimedia campaign and citizen advocacy forums, the grantee will develop a reform agenda as the basis of its grassroots engagement and advocacy.

Promoting Good Governance and Citizen Engagement

Toro Development Network

$40,000

To promote good governance and service delivery. The grantee will work with local communities and district councilors on legislative and budgetary processes and constituency engagement. It will also promote citizen engagement in local government through radio debates and call-in shows that raise awareness of socio-economic and political issues, providing a platform where citizens can engage elected officials at the local and national level.

Strengthening Citizen Participation in Campaign Finance Reforms

Alliance for Finance Monitoring

$46,416

To promote transparency and accountability in Ugandan elections. The alliance will advocate for the adoption of strong campaign finance reform legislation. It will hold a national symposium and a youth convention with government institutions, civil society actors, and youth networks in order to generate political buy-in for reform. The project will also monitor campaign financing in elections to help mobilize citizens against the commercialization of politics.

Strengthening Participation and Representation of Older People

HelpAge USA

$42,285

To strengthen the political participation and representation of older Ugandans in governance processes. The grantee will organize trainings and work with newly elected district and national representatives to strengthen their capacity to represent the interests of their constituents and to ensure that governance and economic concerns of older people are adequately addressed in policy formation.

Supporting Sexual Minorities’ Human Rights through Strategic Litigation

Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum

$45,000

To promote non-discrimination and equality. The organization will train lawyers and paralegals on strategic litigation, provide free legal aid services for sexual minorities, and strengthen the capacity of LGBTI organizations. The grantee seeks to promote incremental legal, policy, and societal changes that will empower sexual minorities and promote respect for their rights.

University Debate and Dialogue Program

Open Space Centre

$42,300

To promote a culture of civic and informed dialogue on public policy issues. The organization will provide leadership training and build the debate skills of students in five Ugandan universities. In partnership with student debate clubs, the grantee will organize debates and public policy dialogues that will help develop the students’ ability to think critically about socio-economic and political issues and engage with opposing and alternative viewpoints in a civil manner.

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