Funder: Indigo Trust UK
Uganda has 19.7 % of its people living below the poverty line (earn less than a dollar a day) with 44% of the chronically poor households living in northern Uganda and 54.1% of the 37 million Ugandans are below 18 years of age (UBOS 2017). A total of 23% of male and 42.3% of female are illiterate and 80% live in rural areas. These are people whose lives are directly affected by the decisions made by the political elites at all levels of governance. Yet this section of the Ugandan population has very little access to information on the performance of their leaders. Information about service delivery and accountability is in control of the district political and civil service leaders which breed an environment in which rural populations treat the provision of services as a gift or favor from their leaders/governments. Majority of the rural are left out of decision making and are not able to hold a meaningful debate on improving service delivery.
ICTs as tools for development, enhances communication, advocacy and awareness creation on improving service delivery. WOUGNET innovatively uses the already existing synergies of ICTs in monitoring, engagement and reporting poor service delivery to improve use of ICTs to create deeper engagement between the community and the duty bearers for greater results. WOUGNET works with community monitors here referred as VSACs and duty bearers who are referred to as leaders to improve service delivery in the target districts. The Indigo Trust project focused on public services like health, education, water and sanitation, roads and infrastructure development and agriculture.
The project objectives are;
- An existing SMS platform called “m-Omulimisa” adapted and integrated with Ushahidi to strengthen community engagement with duty bearers in addressing poor service delivery issues.
- Use of online media for advocacy and civic engagement strengthened.
Voices of the grassroots communities on corruption and poor service delivery using ICTs for wider coverage documented and disseminated.
Funder: African Union
Native chickens contribute significantly to the well-being of rural farming communities in low-income countries and particularly so in poverty-stricken regions of Mozambique and Uganda by providing protein and micronutrients. These are special as they are frequently the only livestock under the control of women. The majority of smallholder farmers raise native chickens for food and income as they do not require special management, require low investment, need limited pest control, provide manure. Local chickens have a ready market, and are easily consumed by rural populations in case of food shortages hence ensuring food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation in rural areas. The project development objective is to increase the quantity and quality of chicken products that will result in better income and nutrition for farmers in Mozambique and Uganda (Northern Uganda). This project will benefit Smallholder and medium scale chicken farmers particularly women and youth, chicken traders, chicken consumers, national government agencies, private sector agricultural service providers.
The leading implementing entity: Eduardo Mondlane University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine based in Mozambique.
Partners in Uganda: Makerere University, (Uganda), Gulu University and Makerere University (Uganda), Women of Uganda Network WOUGNET (Uganda) and International Rural Poultry Centre- Kyeema Foundation (Mozambique)
Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) and her 25 Member Organizations in Uganda
: UN Women
The programme is supported by UN Women institutional funding under Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Funds (WPHF) COVID19 emergency response. The programme aims at promoting a conducive digital environment and more meaningful participation in national and local emergency response by women rights organisations in Uganda through equipping staff members with knowledge, skills and competence in the use of digital technology and video conferencing, enhancing rapid localization of COVID 19 data to reduce misinformation and strengthening the logistics capacity through provision of computer equipment, airtime and internet connectivity. Provision of the logistics will strengthen the capacity of the network to support the COVID 19 national task force to prevent the spread of the virus and improve their capacity to implement planned activities that are geared towards prevention of gender-based violence, violation of rights of women and young girls and children exacerbated mainly by COVID 19 preventive measures adopted by the government. This project will promote a conducive digital environment and meaningful participation of women rights organizations in Uganda in national and local emergency response to prevent the spread of COVID 19 and its impact on most at risk population.
Funder: World Wide Web Foundation
The project is focused on conducting a multi-stakeholder convening of civil society organizations involved in gender equality advocacy to plan, share different policy advocacy strategies and devise a common agenda. This will support the development of a civil society position paper that highlights priority areas for redress to share and engage with policy makers. The position paper will be validated by the civil society groups. Policy round tables and other face-to face policy meetings will be organized. Additionally, the capacity of policy makers will be built in gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation of ICT interventions and programs.
Funder: UN Women Fund for Gender Equality
Scope: Uganda and South Africa
In partnership with APC and Women’s Net, South Africa, WOUGNET this year embarked on the second phase of this project. The overall goal of this project is to increase women's decision making and influence in internet governance and ICT policies for the realization of women's rights in Uganda and Africa as a whole. It is hoped that the project activities will help increase the capacity of women in South Africa and Uganda to discuss, analyze, respond to and influence policy on gender and internet governance more effectively.
The project is in its second phase with activities carried out including;
Evidence based research to build on the Understanding of the Intersections between women’s rights and Internet Governance - This activity was done over the period August to September 2016 and it involved hiring of a consultant to undertake the evidence based research to bring to light the state and intersections of women’s rights and internet governance in Uganda.
More information and analysis on how internet governance affects women’s rights in Uganda is available - A number of articles were published on the WOUGNET website and posted on our Facebook and twitter pages by WOUGNET project staff and organizations that we partner with in various projects around gender, feminism and internet Governance issues including; - CIPESA, AMWA, Women’s Net and APC. On our WOUGNET website some of the following articles were published in the stated project period.
Local level conversations using the Feminist Principles on the Internet - This activity took place on 16 November 2016 and attracted over 35 participants drawn from diverse WOUGNET stakeholders and partners. Out of the 35 participants targeted, 22, represented their own institutions and 5 were drawn from WOUGNET online activists due to their online activism and potential to contribute to the Internet Governance (IG) discussions. 8 Participants were representatives from University and institutions who WOUGNET thought are critical in advancing the Feminists Principles on the Internet (FPI) within the student communities.
National Awareness Raising workshop on women’s rights and technology - The purpose of the Campaign was to raise awareness and generate conversation on GBV, particularly on online violence against women. The activity was to coincide with the annual UNWomen awareness campaign dubbed #16 Days of Activism against GBV. It was also meant to raise issues on the current state of Internet Governance and ICT Policy in Uganda while highlighting their implications for women and girls online as well as offline.
Gender and Internet Governance Exchange (Gigx,) Africa School on internet governance (AfriSIG) & Africa Internet Governance (AFIG) - A joint national Gender and Internet Governance Exchange (GigX) that took place on 10th October 2016 in Durban, South Africa in a build up towards the African School of Internet Governance (AfriSIG) (11 – 15 October) and the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) (16-19 October)
- Activities to be carried out in the Second Phase of the project include; online publications, online discussions using the FPIs, national Gigx, Local level conversation using FPIs and a National awareness raising campaign.