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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.

UGANDA: PROMOTE HEALTHY DIETS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THROUGH LEGAL EMPOWERMENT AND SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISMS, USING A HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED, PARTICIPATORY, AND MULTI-SECTORAL APPROACH – PHASE II

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.

UGANDA: Deepening Community Access to Justice Project (DPCAJ)

This sub-project aims to enhance access to justice for rural, vulnerable, and marginalized communities of the Kakumiro, Kyegegwa, Kikuube and Kagadi districts in Uganda. Building on the results of the first phase of the sub-project, World Voices Uganda (WVU) is implementing a series of capacity development activities targeting both informal and formal justice actors.

UGANDA: Enhanced Access to Justice for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Survivors among Adolescent Women and Young Women

Building on the results achieved during previous programming, this sub-project aimed 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.

UGANDA: Strengthening Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPs) to Enhance Access to Justice for the Poor, Vulnerable and Marginalized in Uganda – Phase II

Building on the results achieved during the previous phase, the sub-project aimed 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.

UGANDA: Strengthening Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Recovery in Northern Uganda

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.

UGANDA: Enhanced Access to Justice for Poor, Vulnerable Women, Children and Marginalized Communities – Phase II

This sub-project aims to enhance access to justice for poor and vulnerable women and children in the Iganga, Kampala, Lamwo, Lira, Nebbi and Wakiso districts in Uganda. Building on the results achieved during the first phase of the sub-projectt, the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda) is implementing a series of awareness-raising activities, including community barazas and dialogues, on women’s rights, gender equality and gender-related laws to community members.

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Key Initiatives

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
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