Engaging women, young people and persons with disabilities in Ugandan politics is the focus of WFD’s current three-year programme (2016-2019). Improving policy formulation to reflect the needs of these groups in parliament, political parties and local councils can improve representation in Uganda.
Following independence in 1962, governance in Uganda was dominated by a protracted violent conflict and accompanying economic decline. The new constitution in 1995 brought a new era of democratisation but challenges to governance remain.
Today stagnating economic growth and high levels of youth unemployment (78%) dominate the political and economic discourse. With over three-quarters of the population under 35 years old (83%), young people have the potential to change the future of Uganda by introducing policies that respond to their needs. Expanding employment opportunities in the immediate and long-term will be an important factor in Uganda’s ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly regarding decent work and economic growth for young people.
Working with the Parliament of Uganda, Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs (UPFYA) and Uganda Women Parliamentarian Association (UWOPA), WFD will support better ways to share policy priorities between core groups, such as the National Youth Council (NYC), Inter-Party Youth Platform (IYOP), National Women’s Council and civil society organisations working on issues relating to women, young people and persons with disabilities.
WFD is supporting MPs under the age of 35 (35% in the 10th parliament) to improve their organisational, policy and legislative capacity. Working with UPFYA, the programme will create platforms for women and young parliamentarians to engage with their constituencies. Inspiring young leaders to support youth focused meetings, policies, bills and motion review meetings will form a central part of the programme.
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.
Strengthening youth participation and representation in Parliament of Uganda
Planned end: March 2019
Enhancing political dialogue on the implementation of CEDAW
Planned end: December 2016