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The Uganda Fund recently conducted grant orientation meeting with its old and new grantees (09) of the Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) livelihood projects as they prepare to start implementation of the second phase projects. The orientation was conducted as part of Uganda Fund mandate to build capacities of local organizations in post conflict Northern Uganda. The grantees were equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them implement their projects successfully. Specific emphasis was on grant expectations including; compliance and procedures, technical reporting (both programmatic and financial) including time frames and formats and best practices in implementing livelihoods projects. The training also equipped the participants with basic M&E knowledge to help them track progress of planned activities and achieve intended goals. With funding support worth USD 22,000 from MacArthur Foundation, the project will provide livelihoods opportunities to 1,850 survivors of conflict related SGBV during this 12 months project starting April 2016. The grantees will also be joining a network of now, 16 organizations addressing conflict related sexual violence in Northern Uganda, supported by the MacArthur Foundation;

-Lango Youth Development Network (LAYDNET); based in Lira, will be conducting their project in Otuke district.

-Action for Community Development Uganda (ACOD-UG); based in Lira with project site in Oyam district.

- Facilitation for Innovations and Sustainable Productivity (FINASPS); based in Soroti with project site in Amuria district.

- Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG); based in Gulu with project site in Lamwo district.

- Alert Agency for Desired Development (A4D); based in Gulu with project site in Gulu district.

- Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD); based in Ajumani with project site in the same district.

- Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G); located in Gulu and will operate in the same district.

- The Women’s Advocacy Network (WAN) and the Justice and Reconciliation (JRP); located in, and will operate in Gulu district.

- Women and Rural Development Network (WORUDET); Located in, and will operate in Pader district.

Check out a few photos from the event;

 

Within its transitional justice and reconciliation strategy, and with generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Uganda Fund is implementing a three-year project aimed at providing redress to victims of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) through training and sustainable livelihood opportunities in post-conflict greater northern. Cognizant that all civilians experienced varying degrees of SGBV, women and girls bore the greatest brunt especially those who were abducted and forced to serve as sex slaves, fighters, mothers, domestic servitudes and wives to top rebel commanders inside the LRA and non-state actors in greater northern Uganda. As the war was heavily gendered, post conflict recovery, reintegration and transitional justice initiatives needed to be gendered in order for sustainable peace and justice to be achieved. One such way of achieving gender justice is by ensuring that exclusive initiatives are designed for specific survivors of conflict-related SGBV crimes. This livelihood project is being implemented in a consortium of twelve (12) partners with interlocking roles geared at supporting coordinated and holistic actions in addressing Conflict Related Sexual Violence in Northern Uganda. Through this project, it is envisioned that the beneficiaries would receive holistic support in terms of psychosocial, legal, medical, and livelihood interventions. At the onset of the project, the Uganda Fund provided grants worth USD 120,000 to six (06) local organizations that were selected through a rigorous RFP process to conduct livelihood projects in the Teso, Acholi, West Nile and Lango sub-regions. These projects commenced in January 2015 and concluded in December 2015. This first phase of the project has directly touched the lives of 1090 survivors of wartime SGBV through; supporting identification and implementation of income generation activities, vocational, entrepreneurial and livelihoods skills training,mentorship and capacity building of SGBV survivors and disbursement of seed money as revolving grants to women groups.

Below is a summary of the achievements registered during the first year of the project:

Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) implemented a one year project worth USD 19,921 with support from Uganda Fund. The project was implemented in Dzaipi and Arinyapi sub-counties of Adjumani District. The project aimed at improving income and self-employment opportunities by engaging the beneficiaries in profitable and sustainable enterprises after accessing quality and relevant skills and start-up capital and kit. One hundred (100) beneficiaries (71F & 29M) in four (04) groups of Amoriku and Nyarima in Dzaipi Sub County; Aziru and Keca-Amanira in Arinyapi Sub County benefitted from the project. This intervention resulted into more than 70% of the beneficiaries demonstrating and practicing the skills learned and actively engaged in animal production and Voluntary Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA). More than half of the beneficiaries are keeping and managing their goats well and constructed good houses for their animals; 40% of the goats are expecting, 26 off springs have been produced and 1 pig is expecting. In addition, all the groups started VSLAs and the members are effectively involved in loan activities to support their enterprises with seed money and credit. Mrs. Auma Andunata, a 51 year old and a care taker of 11 orphans is a very active member of Aziru group. She is one of the frequent borrowers of loan which she uses to buy onions and tomatoes to sell. The returns are used to repay the loans and part of the money to cater for school fees, health and house feeding. Her own cumulative saving is over 202,000UGX.

 

In total, the 04 groups now have cumulative capital of 17M from members’ savings and additional 2M was provided by the project to boost the VSLA of the groups with each receiving UGX. 500,000. This increased the total capital of the groups to about 19M. Mrs. Apolonia Azo, a 52 year old survivor of SGBV from Arinyapi Sub County could not hide her excitement with the VSLA:

 

“…… CEFORD has truly been my savior, I had not been practicing VSLA because of my negativity towards it but CEFORD encouraged, motivated and made it a must for all the members to do saving. So I started saving and my current savings is 186,500UGX which I never imagined I could have……… I decided to borrow 100,000UGX from the group and purchased two piglets to supplement my goat enterprise. I now see my sources of income improving from both pigs and goats. I believe 2 years from now I will have at least 24 pigs and 10 goats”.

Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA) with a grant worth USD 20,000 from Uganda Fund implemented a one year livelihood and economic enhancement project for sexual and gender based violence survivors in Amuria District. The organization supported 300 beneficiaries through entrepreneurial and livelihood trainings to equip and empower them with the ability to initiate, develop and manage income generating activities in the Sub Counties of Asamuk, Orungo and Kuju. The groups were supported with livestock and provided inputs for kitchen gardening. The 206 goats distributed at the start of the project has multiplied to 253 and more 52 are expecting. Additionally, out of the 51 sheep given to beneficiaries, 17 have produced. This is a clear indication that income in terms of animal stock has continued to increase in the households of the beneficiaries. The VSLA seed money worth 15,000,000UGX that the 15 groups received have yielded results. Groups also accrued other income inform of sale of pass books 590,000UGX, membership 926,000UGX, Fines 171,600UGX, Emergency fund 2,088,500UGX and savings of 17,674,500UGX. One of the beneficiaries Apilla Janet Mary is very happy that she received this support from ADDA:

“….the VSLA scheme has been a blessing to me, I am able to save with the group and I also got a loan which i used for opening large piece of land where i cultivated beans and harvested 05 bags, millet 03 bags. I used my savings and proceeds from farming to buy two oxen and an ox-plough which has increased my capacity to open larger chunks of land for cultivation……..I now have a bright future because I am able to send my children to school, meet our basic needs and no body now laughs or mocks my family. I have received honor and respect from the family members”.

 

Read the full article here: http://ugandafund.org/images/sgbv_project_progress_update.doc

The Uganda Fund is currently accepting proposals for Livelihoods Projects for wartime SGBV survivors in greater Northern Uganda.

This grant opportunity is open to community-based organizations operating in Acholi (Lamwo & Pader), Lango (Otuke and Oyam),Teso (Amuria) and West nile (Adjumani) Sub regions. The goal of the project is to provide livelihoods opportunities for conflict related SGBV survivors aimed at increasing their household income. Through the granting mechanism, Uganda Fund will select carefully vetted community based organizations to partner with while providing technical assistance, financial management and monitoring and evaluation to ensure sustainability beyond the project time frame.

Opening Date: Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

Closing Date: Friday, Dec 11, 2015

 

 The request for proposal can be downloaded from this link: http://ugandafund.org/images/2015_sgbv_rfp.doc

 Proposal Template: http://ugandafund.org/images/sgbv_livelihoods_proposal_template_2015.zip

 Budget Template: http://ugandafund.org/images/sgbv_livelihoods_project_budget_template_2015.xls

 For questions regarding this process and documents requested, please direct questions to Ketty Anyeko by emailing guluoffice@ugandafund.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD) is a voluntary indigenous NGO started in the year 2000 and registered with the Uganda National NGO Board in 2004. FAPAD’s vision is of a peaceful society in which all respect each other’s rights. FAPAD exists to protect and promote human rights, strengthen systems and structures of governance for improved service delivery and to improve household food and income security for sustainable livelihood in Lango Sub region, Northern Uganda. Currently, FAPAD work covers eight (08) districts of Lango sub region namely; Lira, Kole, Amolatar, Alebtong, Dokolo, Otuke, Oyam and Apac implementing all the three thematic focus/objectives. Agriculture in northern Uganda presents tremendous potential for providing employment opportunities and improving livelihoods, particularly amongst youth, women, and small-scale farmers. However, constraints such as limited skills and inputs coupled with limited use of post harvest technologies, and low market participation still affect the successes of agro-enterprises in northern Uganda. FAPAD hopes to mitigate some of these challenges with funding support worth USD 20,000 from Uganda Fund within a period of one year. This project will target at least 200 direct beneficiaries in 10 groups from Amolatar district. In Lango region. There is an average of 05 people per household, implying that approximately 1000 people will indirectly benefit from the project. FAPAD will invest time and other resources in building the skills of the youth around tailored-made feasible agricultural initiatives, provide start-up kits and offer basic financial and leadership skills training, among others. As a sustainability plan, FAPAD will introduce Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) methodology for all the project target groups which will act as a uniting factor for the groups. The project will ensure active engagement of Community Peace Promoters (CPPs) whose capacities are built to sensitize communities, mediate land conflicts, monitor projects and report cases to the relevant authorities.  FAPAD believes its implementation plan for the proposed project will result in to a peaceful, healthy and ecomonically vibrant youth who will be effective citizens towards poverty allieviation, hence contributing to enhanced livelihoods opportunities for war affected youth in post conflict Lango Sub region.

 Trans-cultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO-Uganda) is a non-governmental organization (NGO)  working as a rights based NGO supporting and working with local communities, CSOs and Government to meet the social protection, psychosocial, livelihoods, education and mental needs of vulnerable people. TPO currently implements projects in the Acholi, Lango, Teso, Karamoja and the West Nile sub-regions, and in the Ankole sub-region, which is a none conflict area but stricken by poverty, HIV &AIDS and sexual violence. With a one year grant worth USD 20,000 from Uganda Fund, TPO will implement a project aimed at contributing to enhancement of livelihood opportunities for war affected youths mainly acting as an information exchange and coordinating centre for facilitating access to livelihoods with a blend of psychosocial education and life skills in Kitgum and Gulu districts of Acholi sub-region. The project will target a total of 10 youth groups of 300 out of school youths between the age of 15 and 30 years and small-scale farmers. The secondary beneficiaries will include all the household members of the youth targeted; to the tune of approximately 1500 household members. To promote enterprise development mainly on agriculture with particular focus on animal husbandry, agro-processing and marketing activities, TPO will design and conduct group based and tailored trainings. The youth will   acquire relevant livelihood skills and competences in three main areas namely: Leadership and Financial Literacy; Enterprise Selection, Planning and Management (SPM) and Advance Business Training (ABT). Each group will be awarded a small grant based on the business plans developed and supported to improve their Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) scheme. The Project team shall be responsible for monitoring programmatic and financial compliance and ascertaining value for money, and will prepare reports at prescribed intervals that shall be shared with Uganda Fund. TPO believes that this project will improve the socio-economic status of vulnerable youths and their households Consequently, the war affected youths will become self-sustaining in terms of household incomes, food security, and improved nutrition as well as empowered to undertake agricultural production as a business to earn a living.

Forum for Community Transformation (FCT) started its operation in 2008 as a local group called Anaka Youth Forum initiated by 30 youths to implement income generating activities to eradicate poverty among members of the group. In 2011, the organization registered with the National NGO Board as a local NGO. The core mandates of FCT are; to promote and sensitize on women’s rights, advocate for rights to education and empowering the youth, women and small holder farmers through sustainable livelihoods. From the inception to date, through the unique reflection action approach, the organization has registered increased production and income among the youth and small holder farmers, reduced gender based violence, and improved involvement of the youth and women in decision making processes. With a one year grant worth USD 20,000 from Uganda Fund, FCT hopes to replicate the same approach to successfully implement this project. The project shall work with 12 youth groups previously supported with a grant from Uganda Fund in Gulu and Amuru districts. The secondary beneficiaries will include all the family members of the youths targeted by the project to a tune of 1500 family members.  The project will support groups with already basic entrepreneurial and leadership skills providing them with refresher capacity building packages in leadership and governance, best agronomic practices including marketing and post-harvest handling; Enterprise Selection, Planning and Management (SPM). Each group will be awarded supplementary grants to boost their income based on the business plans developed and supported to improve their Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) scheme. FCT shall develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the project that will be used to support tracking of progress of the project, as well as supporting monthly and quarterly monitoring of the project implementation. The Community Intermediaries (CIs) based at the grass root will conduct continued mentorship and routine follow-up of the beneficiaries during the project life. It is envisaged that after the project, the youth groups shall have increased household income, make informed decisions about their lives, define their destiny and participate in decision making processes. At the society level, the project will build a critical mass of development entrepreneurs, future leaders who are passionate of societal development they will grow to inherit.

The Missing Peace Practitioners' Workshop is currently taking place in Kampala, Uganda from August 26-28, 2015. More that 70 legal, health and law enforcement leaders from six African countries are participants at the workshop. The Missing Peace workshop builds on the UK's Global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict; and workshop participants will take up new findings from a ground breaking, four-country study on Conflict-related sexual violence to be launched at the workshop by the Human Rights Centre at UC Berkeley School of Law. Check out photos from the event:

 

 

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