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With generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Uganda Fund commenced implementation of its year two of the three year SGBV Livelihood to provide redress to survivors of sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) in post-conflict greater northern Uganda through women's economic empowerment initiatives. This project aims to increase the economic independence of war-affected women so they can fully benefit from the transitional justice processes. In the year 2015, the Uganda Fund supported six (6) partners with a grant totaling to USD 120,000 to provide livelihood opportunities to survivors of war time SGBV in the greater northern region of Uganda and this include Acholi, Lango, Teso and West Nile Sub-regions The project directly touched the lives of 1,090 war time SGBV survivors through supporting identification and implementation of their income generation activities for increased household income. The women have been equipped with vocational, entrepreneurial and livelihoods skills and supported with seed money as revolving grants to boost their IGA’s. In this second year, the Uganda Fund has provided grants worth USD 270,000 to ten (10) local community-based and non-governmental organizations who were selected through a rigorous application process, to conduct economic livelihood projects for more than 1,850 conflict-related SGBV survivors in the Teso, Acholi, West Nile and Lango sub-regions. This project’s current grantees include:

LANGO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NETWORK (LAYDNET); LAYDNET is a community-based organization (CBO) that operates in Lango region since its start in 2013. The organization’s focus includes education, environmental conservation and sustainability, agriculture and livelihoods, poverty reduction and good governance. It is youth focused organization that leads a web of 350 youth groups and women in all districts of Lango sub region. LAYDNET is implementing a one-year project aimed at providing livelihood support to war-affected women in post conflict community of Okwang and Adwari in Otuke district. The project will support 200 conflict-related SGBV survivors in 10 groups with income generation activities, training in group dynamics, farming as a business, and basic leadership skills. Village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) start up kits will also be provided. LAYDNET plans to provide goats to beneficiaries alongside the VSLAs with a component of saving with a purpose (SWAP). The organization expects to increase income levels, provide employment opportunities for targeted women, boost their ability to meet the needs of their children who are often fatherless and above all, increase their living standards by end of the project.

 ACTION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT-UGANDA (ACOD-UG); ACOD-UG has been operating in Lango region since 2006 with a bias of improving livelihoods of community members and reducing poverty in the region. It is an NGO that was started as a self-help group by individuals interested in community development and poverty eradication. ACOD-UG is implementing a one year project entitled ‘increasing competitiveness of war-affected women in soy bean production for increased income and poverty reduction in Otwal and Aleka sub counties in Oyam districts of northern Uganda. The project will aim at increasing household income and food security among 300 women in Oyam district. Each group will be supported to produce soy beans, to conduct VSLAs, trained in post harvest handling of their farm products and marketing of their products. As a result, this project will increase the productivity and quality of soy beans, improve income of project beneficiaries by 30%, increase asset base and create employment for SGBV survivors who will be transformed into commercial soy bean farmers.

FACILITATION FOR INNOVATIONS AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTIVITY (FINASP-Uganda); FINASP is a humanitarian youth led organization that was started in 2010 by Makerere University students, and registered as an NGO in 2014. FINASP aim at poverty reduction and improved household livelihoods of the disadvantaged through research, proactive planning, innovations and capacity building. The gender justice and economic empowerment project (GJEEP) is a one year project being implemented with funding from the Uganda Fund. The goal of this project is to reduce poverty and improve the living standards of 360 SGBV survivors in Amuria district. The organization intends to support these groups with entrepreneurial skills, SWAP (saving with a purpose), revolving loans, business plan development, income generation project support and demonstrations of best practices. As a result, FINASP will establish six demonstrations on sustainable agricultural practices, 4 tree nursery sites in Amuria, engage the SGBV survivors in VSLAs, and establish a revolving loan scheme among others. Consequently, there will be increased income in households of survivors by end of the project.

ALERT AGENCY FOR DESIRED DEVELOPMENT (A4D); A4D-Uganda is a registered NGO established in 2009 to improve the quality of lives of vulnerable communities and promote socio-economic empowerment of the youth and women in enhancing sustainable livelihoods in Northern Uganda. A4D Uganda is implementing a project named ‘From Victims to Champions (V2C)’ for one year with funding support of from Uganda Fund. The project targets primarily 10 SGBV survivor groups in Gulu district. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to increasing household income of the SGBV female survivors through agricultural and innovative livelihood projects. The project will support targeted groups in terms of start-up capital, capacity building and linkages to finance, market and business development services. Through this project A4D expects improved productivity and income of the SGBV survivors, atleast 80 new jobs created, increased access to affordable finance, business development services and reduced poverty incidences.

GRASSROOTS RECONCILIATION GROUP (GRG); GRG has been operating as an NGO since 2007 focusing at the reintegration and reconciliation processes for over 1,200 former LRA abductees and their community members with majority of these being women. By facilitating income generating group projects, GRG’s beneficiaries simultaneously achieve economic empowerment and reconciliation.With support from the Uganda Fund, GRG is conducting a livelihood project entitled ‘Economic Empowerment for Survivors of Sexual Violence’ in Lamwo district of northern. GRG will use its unique trauma recovery and economic empowerment approach to support 120 SGBV survivors in 04 groups in Ogili sub-county over a period of one year. Specific activities will include micro finance village saving and loan approach, income generation activities through group agriculture activities, and psychosocial trauma recovery covered by GRG’s trauma project. GRG expects to realize a 200% increase in group agriculture production, 50% increase in individual incomes, 80% of project participants start or expand small businesses. 100% of participants report a decrease in stigmatization of SGBV victims.

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