UGANDA 2020

Citizens’ Initiative for Police Reform

Facilitation for Peace and Development

$55,000

To promote an ethical, accountable, and transparent security sector. The organization will mobilize public and parliamentary support for a reform agenda that will promote a more accountable and professional police force. It will strengthen its network of retired police officers, organize advocacy meetings between retired and serving officers and parliamentarians dedicated to implementing reform, and facilitate the development of legislative reform.

Civic Empowerment for Peace and Democracy

Creations Forum Afrika

$35,000

To promote peaceful dialogue and youth engagement in politics and governance in the Rwenzori region of Uganda. The project will train youth leaders to establish democracy clubs, debate competitions, and creative art projects promoting peace and democracy. The organization will also conduct a media campaign to counter hate speech and promote peaceful participation and dialogue around the elections. This grant will also contribute to institutional capacity-building for the organization.

Civil Society Election Engagement Platform

Public Policy Institute

$45,050

To promote free and fair elections in Uganda. The organization will monitor and analyze key developments ahead of Uganda’s 2021 elections and promote citizen participation. It will work with a civil society coalition to provide a framework for civil society engagement with public officials on preparations for the election and the electoral reform process, which will include platforms for debate and discussion. The project will also support young artists to explore the use of art and popular culture in civic and voter education.

Enhancing Access to Justice for Sexual Minorities

Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum

$60,000

To expand access to justice and defend LGBTI rights in Uganda. The organization will provide free legal aid services, support strategic litigation cases, document human rights abuses, and open dialogue with the judiciary and Human Rights Commission on the treatment of sexual minorities in the legal system. It will strengthen its regional legal aid centers and network of human rights organizations to better serve the needs of this marginalized population.

Identifying and Mitigating Early Warning Signs of Election Violence

Women’s Democracy Network – Uganda

$52,190

To promote peaceful, free, and fair elections in Uganda, the organization will coordinate a pre-election monitoring and education campaign to report on and mitigate election-related violence and human rights abuses. It will engage at-risk communities in West Nile Region in monitoring missions, information sharing sessions with local and national institutions, citizen forums, and radio programs. It will coordinate the efforts of women, youth, and older persons’ groups to contribute to inclusive and more effective community advocacy efforts.

Parliament Watch

Centre for Policy Analysis

Supplement$49,992

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, with a focus on youth participation.

Promoting Active Citizenship

Foundation for Human Rights Initiative

Supplement$25,000

To promote awareness of civic rights and participation in political processes. The organization 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 Transparency and Accountability to Improve Health Sector Service Delivery

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$375,000

To enhance transparency and accountability of national-level healthcare budget processes in Uganda, the Institute will assist its local civil society partner to conduct research, monitoring, and advocacy around public healthcare budget formulation and expenditure, including of COVID-19 response resources. The Institute will build on existing relationships with Uganda’s Parliamentary Committee of Health and the Ministry of Health to facilitate engagement with civil society and government representatives to improve budget oversight and ensure budget appropriation is aligned with citizen responsive healthcare priorities.

Promoting Transparent Campaign Financing for Improved Electoral Integrity

Alliance for Finance Monitoring

$65,000

To promote transparency and accountability in Ugandan elections. The alliance will advocate for the adoption of strong campaign finance reform legislation. It will hold annual national symposiums and dialogues with government institutions, civil society actors, and youth networks in order to build broad support for reform. The project will also monitor and analyze campaign financing in elections and conduct an awareness campaign around vote buying. 

Strengthening Participation and Representation of Older People

Uganda Reach the Aged Association

$47,150

To strengthen the political participation and representation of older Ugandans at the national and district level. The organization will provide training on social accountability and advocacy skills to leaders of older persons associations and networks, promote peaceful and informed participation in Uganda’s 2021 elections, and facilitate coordination with other special interest groups to share advocacy strategies and campaigns.

Strengthening Uganda’s Electoral Process and Supporting Women and Youth Candidates

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$400,000

To develop the capacity of women and youth candidates in Uganda to be effective, competitive candidates. The Institute will provide knowledge and skills training and will support voter engagement efforts through community dialogues and media debates during the 2021 elections. To develop the capacity of political party agents to monitor the electoral process and report results and potential irregularities to their political parties, the Institute will conduct trainings of trainers for party agents on election observation.  

Supporting Independent Journalism and Free Expression

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda

$60,000

To promote the safety of journalists and press freedom in Uganda. The network will strengthen the capacity of journalists in multiple regions to navigate the restrictive media environment in Uganda, to conduct their work safely, and to seek out support when they come under attack. It will monitor human rights violations, conduct advocacy, strengthen regional networks of journalists, and carry out civic education for the public on the role of a free press in promoting human rights and good governance.

Youth Mentorship Program

Open Space Centre

Supplement$58,000

To provide youth leaders with tools and platforms to participate meaningfully in Uganda’s upcoming elections. The organization will leverage its existing youth network to design and implement a training and mentoring program for young people interested in running for office, establish an online information service and media campaign, and host debate competitions and policy dialogues to encourage broader youth political participation.