Uganda

Uganda

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.

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)

Results

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

News

IDRIG members participate in training of trainers activity

Programme Administrative Finance Assistant – Accra, Ghana

Location: Accra, Ghana  Contract type: Fixed term. Contract for Services. Contract length: January 2020 – March 2020 (with possibility of extension depending on funding availability) Salary Range: £705 – £913 Gross Monthly. Westminster Foundation for Democracy WFD is looking for an experienced Programme Administrative and Finance Assistant based in Accra, Ghana to support the implementation […]