Uganda

Uganda

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Providing greater access and inclusion of women and marginalised groups in formal and informal political participation and facilitating scrutiny of government performance including progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the focus of WFD’s current Inclusive and Accountable Politics programme (2019 – 2021). 

2007: year of first WFD programme
Context

Following independence in 1962, governance in Uganda was dominated by a protracted violent conflict and accompanying economic decline which led to stagnating economic growth, high levels of youth unemployment (78%) and imbalanced representation in parliament. Although the new constitution in 1995 brought a new era of democratisation challenges to governance remain. With over three-quarters of the population under 35 years old (83%) and more than half of the same population (51%) comprised of women, it is important that policy development focuses on their advancement which will ultimately lead to development of Uganda.

Engaging young people in politics

In spite 71% of Uganda’s population comprising of youth under the age of 35, young people are still often excluded from governance and decision-making spaces.  To address this, WFD is working with the Parliament of Uganda and other youth focused groups to support their representation and inclusion in governance and decision-making processes.  WFD supports youth representatives and other young MPs in Parliament under the age of 35 (these comprise of 35% of the 10th Parliament to improve their policy and legislative capacity through training and mentorship sessions. Working with Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs (UPFYA), WFD has created platforms for young parliamentarians to engage and advance pro – youth policies, bills and motions on employment and youth inclusion in governance.

Engaging women in politics

With more than half of Uganda’s population comprised of women (51% of the total population), the passing of effective pro gender policies has not been fully achieved. WFD is working with the Parliament of Uganda, and other women focused groups to advocate for quality women representation in Uganda to ensure that the gender issues in the country are addressed. Through UWOPA, WFD supports women MPs who form 35% of the 10% parliament to improve their policy and legislative capacity in Parliament by creating platforms to support and advance pro – women policies, bills and motions

Country Data

Population:

Population:

42.8
Million
GDP:

GDP:

$25
Billion USD
GDI per capita:

GDI per capita:

$600
(USD)
Media freedom:

Media freedom:

58/100
(partly free)
Democracy index:

Democracy index:

37/100
(partly free)

Key Results

Supported the reform of the Sexual Offences legislation in Uganda.
Convened the first youth moot parliament session in Uganda which resulted in fast tracking of bill that address youth issues in parliament.
Supported the first East African Youth parliament on the ratification and domestication of African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
4,000 jobs saved in Uganda sugar industry following intervention by young MPs working with WFD
Supported the first ever women’s parliament to take place in Uganda in 2015.

Implementation

Strengthening women and youth participation and representation in Uganda
Completed
Planned end: October 2019
Strengthening national youth participation and representation in Parliament of Uganda
Completed
Planned end: March 2020
Uganda inclusive and accountable politics
Underway
Planned end: March 2021
East African commonwealth youth leaders programme
Completed
Planned end: March 2020

News

Two crucial gender equality bills passed in Uganda after years of stalling

The general principle of equality and non-discrimination is a fundamental element of international human rights law. Creating an enabling environment in which decision-makers and civil society actors can advance equality is important in promoting inclusion in society. Unfortunately, this remains a challenge in many parts of the world. In Uganda, women, girls, and members of the LGBT+ community are […]