Uganda has made much progress in reducing poverty and promoting stability in past years, particularly through improvements on several justice-related indicators. Despite these gains, the justice sector still faces significant challenges relating to funding and capacity, public perceptions of pervasive corruption, inaccessibility of services for the poor sections of the population, low quality and sustainability of the legal aid and information services, costliness and slow speeds of dispute resolution, among others. These challenges have negatively affected citizens’ confidence in the formal system leading people to resort to other means to seek recourse and may also increase the likelihood of violence and further corruption. There is a therefore a need for effective interventions to enhance the reach, quality and sustainability of access to justice in Uganda.
This sub-project aims to contribute to an enabling environment in Uganda in support of fiscal and regulatory measures that promote healthy diets and physical activity.
This sub-project aims to enhance access to justice for rural, vulnerable, and marginalized communities of Kakumiro, Kyegegwa, Kikuube and Kagadi districts in Uganda.
Building on the results achieved during previous programming, this sub-project aims to enhance access to justice for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) survivors among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in the Bukedi region of Uganda.
Building on the results achieved during the previous phase, the sub-project aims to further enhance access to justice for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized people in Uganda by strengthening the capacity of legal aid service providers (LASPs) to deliver quality legal aid services.
This sub-project aims to improve access to transitional justice and post-conflict recovery for war victims and conflict-affected communities in Uganda. The Foundation for Justice and Development Initiatives (FJDI) is supporting victims and their legal representatives in the context of the Kwoyelo trial; providing updates on the trial to the general public through community outreach initiatives; and organizing advocacy meetings with policymakers, judicial officers and other key stakeholders on the passing and implementation of the National Transitional Justice Policy in Uganda.
This sub-project aims to contribute to enhancing access to justice for marginalized and vulnerable communities in Uganda. Building on the results achieved during the first phase of the sub-project, the Uganda Law Society (ULS) is providing legal advice, counselling services, representation in court and conducting mediation sessions for vulnerable persons in the communities of Gulu, Jinja, Kabale, Kabarole, Kampala, and Masindi.
This sub-project aims to improve gender-responsive treatment of women offenders in Western Uganda. Building on the results of the first phase of the sub-project, Penal Reform International (PRI) – Africa is delivering a series of capacity development activities for prosecutors, lawyers, police officers, civil society organizations, community members and local leaders on gender-sensitive non-custodial alternatives to imprisonment.
Strengthening the Legal Environment for Food Security and Nutrition of Vulnerable Groups as part of the COVID-19 Response and RecoveryThe COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant threat to the right to food for populations, and especially for marginalized groups. In many countries, COVID-19 is intertwining with pre-existing factors affecting food security and nutrition, by limiting the access to affordable and nutritious food, including lack of economic opportunities, extreme weather conditions, ongoing conflicts and more.
IDLO is rolling out a program that aims to secure accessible, quality and sustainable justice services for citizens - particularly those living in rural, poor and other disadvantaged communities. The Community Justice Programme (CJP) supports both state and non-state legal aid, legal empowerment and other justice delivery interventions.
As part of IDLO’s continuous commitment to accountability and results-based management, IDLO is pleased to share this Evaluation Brief for the project, "Integrating Legal Empowerment and Social Accountability for Quality HIV Health Services for Adolescent Girls and Young Women". The evaluation has been conducted by independent evaluation experts, supervised by IDLO’s Evaluation Unit. This exercise utilized a theory-driven, mixed-method approach, in line with the IDLO Evaluation Guidelines and OECD DAC standards.
As part of IDLO’s continuous commitment to accountability and results-based management, IDLO is pleased to share this Evaluati
Promoting Healthy Diets and Physical Activity in Uganda
Adolescent girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among young people in sub-Saharan Africa. They are more vulnerable to HIV because they are often subjected to a range of gender and age based biases, discrimination and violence, including sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking. Despite growing HIV-related responses, they and their communities most often do not have the capacity, voice and power to hold these service providers accountable for improved delivery of quality HIV-related services.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 69, and over 86 per cent of these "premature" deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.The economic impact, including loss of income by people harmed by NCDs, the costs of treatment, and the impacts on families threaten international development. Through regulation and fiscal reforms, countries can promote healthy diets, physical activity, and other initiatives reducing the prevalence and harms of NCDs.
Like other countries on the African continent, the Ugandan justice sector faces many challenges. Citizens demonstrate a widespread distrust towards formal justice institutions, which are perceived as corrupt, removed from the communities, expensive and slow to resolve disputes. This lack of confidence in the formal system leads people to resort to other means to seek recourse, and may also increase the likelihood of violence and further corruption.
One of the challenges in scaling up HIV-related legal services is the limited number of knowledgeable, skilled and committed lawyers to provide such services. Part of the solution therefore lies in building the capacity of law schools to ensure law graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to support human rights-based approaches to HIV. Many universities, including in East Africa, offer clinical legal education programs to give students direct experience of providing legal information to clients.
Rates of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) remain high in Uganda due to cultural practices, continued internal displacement, and low capacity of the justice system. IDLO is working to advance accountability for SGBV crimes committed in times of or after armed conflict in Uganda.