Funders: USAID/ Uganda civil society strengthening activity

Goal: Empowering women-led civil society organizations in Uganda with skills and knowledge to defend their rights to freedom of expression and access to information

Project Overview

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) will implement its Freedom of Expression and Right to Access of Information Support Program for women-led civil society organizations (CSOs) in Uganda. WOUGNET will produce an assessment of the legal and regulatory frameworks affecting the operational environment of CSOs with a focus on freedom of expression (FoE) and right to access to information (A2I) and use this in building the capacity of women-led CSOs in Uganda to effectively participate and advocate for FoE and A2I law reforms. WOUGNET will also convene CSOs, media, and other stakeholders to collaborate in addressing restrictions and expanding protection mechanisms available to CSOs for violations of rights to FoE and A2I. Through radio and social media campaigns, WOUGNET will address misinterpretation and misapplication of relevant legal frameworks for FoE and A2I by both government and CSO. The needs assessment and input from the meetings and campaigns will provide information that WOUGNET will use to update its existing Women’s Rights Online Legal Education Guide. The project is in furtherance of the National Enabling Environment Action Plan developed by Ugandan CSOs in July-August 2021 under the Uganda Civil Society Strengthening Activity. The project activities will take place over seven months.

Project Duration: April 2022 to September 2022

  • Date: 19 Apr 2022 08:30 AM

Funder: The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

Target: Local community and Community Leaders

Project Overview 

With support from The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA); WOUGNET is implementing an ICT -Governance project entitled: Promoting Citizen Engagement Accountability and Transparency in Public Service delivery in Eastern Uganda. The project is implemented in the three districts of Tororo, Pallisa, and Busia in two sub-counties per district as follows; Tororo district: Rubongi and Magola, Busia district: Masafu, and Sikuda, and Pallisa district: Pallisa and Olok sub-counties. The project empowers the local community to engage with their leaders with aim of improving accountability and transparency in the service delivery framework. The project aims at addressing institutional inconsistencies characterized by limited inclusive citizenry participation, unchecked bureaucracy, corruption tendencies, and information gaps in the service delivery framework. The intervention promotes the effective and efficient use of ICTs to improve service delivery. The project empowers local communities through advocacy and ICTs knowledge and skills to monitor service delivery processes and document any inconsistencies and engage with their leaders to address the same. Women and other marginalized groups have been included to effectively participate in project activities and address issues that affect them to enable sustainable development. The project employs ICTs as a medium for gathering and disseminating information within the implementation processes and to the wider public. The project has employed the SMS platform centrally managed by WOUGNET specifically to exchange messages between the community and leaders on poor service delivery concerns. 

  • Date: 19 Apr 2022 08:30 AM

Funder: SOS Faim

Target: The target beneficiaries of the proposed PATHS project will be women, men, and youth who are directly engaged in agriculture between the age of 15 and 60 years.

Project Overview

In Uganda, approximately 7.4 million households operate agricultural land/or rear livestock. Women dominate the agricultural sector by usually undertaking activities such as sowing, harvesting, head carrying of produce, crop-drying, winnowing, seed selection, and pig and poultry-rearing. Other tasks, such as weeding, bagging, and crop storage, are almost equally undertaken by both women and men. However, women who spend most of their valuable time in agriculture than men own only 31% of the land, and the rising population and growth of incomes have increased the demand for food and agro-processed products, therefore, necessitating identifying and scaling the approaches that can improve livelihoods and environment based on common learning about organic and agroecological farming. Smallholders farmers are sinking deeper into poverty with decreasing primary school enrolment, deteriorating nutrition, and health challenges from increased pressure on the environment amidst frequent and severe climate conditions, made worse by the continued dependence on rain-fed agriculture, poor agricultural practices, low technological adoption, insecurity over land ownership, poor access to extension services, low-quality inputs, and lack of credit ultimately causing threats to food security and sustainable agricultural development. This five years project will work with 6 farmer groups established comprising 30 members each (using the ratio of 70 of women:30 men) in the Uganda-Rwenzori region (Kyenjojo, Kabarole, and Kamwenge District)  to increase and improve smallholders' farmers' resilience to food security by instigating the level of transition to a sustainable food system through inclusive participation and the use of digital technologies for sustainable agricultural production in Uganda by 2026.

Project Duration: June 2022 -June 2026

  • Date: 19 Apr 2022 08:30 AM

Funders: Alan Turing Institute and International Centre of Expertise in Montreal on Artificial Intelligence

Target: Policymakers, Developers, and Impacted Communities 

Project Overview

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) in partnership with Alan Turing Institute conducted a research study to enhance the capacity of policymakers, developers, and the citizens to move beyond just governance of data and understand the clear relationship between compliance matter of privacy and ethical design to enable them to prioritize equity and justice in terms of access to, and visibility and representation in data used in the development of AI/ML systems in Uganda and globally. Moving beyond data governance implies that policymakers, developers, and the impacted communities are knowledgeable about the current state of Data Justice research and practice and they can identify the existing gaps as well as use the available tools and guidelines developed to improve their current AI/ML systems practice and use to understand the needs of policymakers, individuals/communities marginalized by AI/ML systems, and developer communities.

Project Duration: November 2021-April 2022

  • Date: 19 Apr 2022 08:30 AM

Funder: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)

Project overview

Social media has increasingly been a powerful tool in promoting rights to access information and freedom of expression globally. In Uganda, social media has been used by the government to engage citizens on national development policy initiatives. The social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp are widely used in Uganda and many other African Countries. Recognizing the growth in the number and reach of social media, several governments and state actors have adopted regulatory and legal frameworks to ensure online safety and legal use of social media to prevent illicit online activities and crimes. However, Uganda is one of those autocratic countries in the world where access to information and freedom of expression is considered to be dangerous to the ruling government because those in power prefer not to face inconvenient questions from journalists or the public. The project’s specific objective was to Improve effective reforms and implementation of existing national laws and policies that govern the right to access information and freedom of expression on social media. This Project aimed aims Enhancing Women’s Rights Online through evidence-based Policy Advocacy and Media. The project was able to produce a research report, policy brief, and legal education guide for social media users that increased the level of understanding and knowledge of existing international and national regulatory and legal frameworks that govern the right to access information and freedom of expression on social media.

Project Duration: February 2021 -July 2021

  • Date: 19 Apr 2022 08:30 AM