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  • Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714
  •  info@ugandafund.org
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What We Do

In 2005, the Government of Canada and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation commissioned an assessment to identify strategies to restore human rights and provide transitional justice to war-affected communities in northern Uganda. The research identified the critical need for community-based initiatives to catalyze and sustain economic and human development in the post-conflict region over the long-term, with a particular focus on restoring the building blocks of the local economy: education, job creation, and health. The research also highlighted the unique psychosocial needs of children and women whose lives were severely impacted by the conflict and the importance of addressing the profound social disintegration that gripped northern Uganda as a result of the war. As a result, the MacArthur Foundation established the Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda, also known as the Uganda Fund, in order to provide long-term financial support to promote and sustain peace and reconciliation. A 501c3 non-profit organization was subsequently formed in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation and the Open Society Institute.


The Uganda Fund Board of Directors consulting with community members in Nwoya.

The Uganda Fund concentrates on addressing the unmet needs in the social development process: youth livelihoods and leadership, transitional justice and reconciliation, information and communication technology, education, and long-term institution building. Through strategic investments, partnerships, policy development and targeted programming in these four focus areas, the Uganda Fund equips post-conflict communities with the skills and resources necessary to catalyze development and create conditions for lasting peace.

Priorities and needs shift during the transition from conflict to development, necessitating direct targeted assistance to communities.  As such, the Uganda Fund, in conjunction with the MacArthur Foundation, has launched a specific transitional justice and reconciliation initiative to provide redress to women and girl victims of sexual and gender based violence, the perpetration of which is a serious and persistent consequence of the war.  By seeking out partners at the local level who are conducting work in our areas of focus, the Uganda Fund gives communities the opportunity and technical support to develop their own innovative, effective, grassroots solutions to northern Uganda’s humanitarian crisis.  Scholarships for youth to improve their skills and leadership, start-up capital for group income-generating activities, and ICT infrastructure improvements at regional institutions are just a few examples of our other investments in the region. 

Through careful monitoring and close supervision of all funded activities, the Uganda Fund empowers well-managed community organizations to scale up innovative projects to develop a healthy, engaged and empowered populace in northern Uganda. 

The Uganda Fund is managed by a committed Board of Directors comprised of esteemed leaders in the field of international development. The Board of Directors regularly  engages with communities at the grassroots level. Operations are conducted out of an office in Gulu, which is staffed by Ugandans. In addition to ongoing support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Uganda Fund has attracted investments from the Carnegie Foundation, the Hunt Alternatives Fund, the Open Society Institute, the Charles Engelhard Foundation and AusAID. As a US 501c3 Non-Profit Organization with distinguished leadership and international support, and as a foreign registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working on the ground in Uganda, the Uganda Fund is uniquely poised to deliver sustainable development outcomes in northern Uganda.

US Office - Get In Touch

  •  Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714
  •  info@ugandafund.org

 

 

Gulu Office - Get In Touch

  •  Uganda Fund
    Plot 3 Erinayo Oryema Road
    Kanyagoga
    P.O. Box 1541
    Gulu, Uganda
  •  Phone: +256.790.916.017
  •  Skype: Uganda.Fund
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