Uganda
Boy in field in Uganda

What we do

Our work here focuses on agriculture, disaster preparedness, combating HIV and AIDS and supporting a democratic development.

New hope

Since 1992 the Ugandan economy has been developing positively. But the increasing wealth has not reached the entire population. One in three Ugandans still live below the poverty line.

Challenges

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the Ugandan economy has improved radically. The government is attempting reforms in order to achieve economic stability and has privatized several public companies.

Corruption is widespread in Uganda and it affects the poorest part of the population heavily. In spite of improvements every third Ugandan still lives below the poverty line, and in northern Uganda around 70 per cent of the population lives under the poorest conditions as a result of the armed conflict between Uganda’s government army and the rebellion group Lord’s Resistance Army.

In the same area, extreme weather conditions affect the population on a regular basis, as a result of the world’s climate changes.

Uganda also struggles in other areas. Luckily, the number of HIV infected has declined, but more than two million children in Uganda have lost their parents to AIDS.

What we do in Uganda

In Uganda DanChurchAid works in two geographic areas: In southern Uganda we deal with HIV/AIDS projects, and in north eastern Uganda (Karamoja, Teso and Katakwi) we also focus on food security, extreme climate and development of political space.

We work with: 

  • dotEducation in agricultural skills and adaptation to extreme weather conditions
  • dotStrengthening the development of political space with voluntary representatives in the villages
  • dotPrevention of HIV/AIDS, medical treatment, schooling and care

Articles about Uganda

The number of refugees from South Sudan entering Uganda has now surpassed 60,000. Recently Lisa Henry, Humanitarian Director, DanChurchAid, was in Adjumani to monitor how the ACT Alliance is responding to the emergency providing life-saving water, hygiene and sanitation to the refugees who have arrived in Adjumani.
The fighting in South Sudan between the fractions of the president and the former vice presicent have forced almost half a million civilians to leave their homes. Many have fled to Uganda where the village of Dzaipi gets up to 2.500 new inhabitants a day.
In Karamoja the majority of the population lives in deep poverty with few livelihood options. Promoting a culture of saving that enables people to save for their children’s education, income generating activities, emergencies or other life events can therefore seem challenging.
A big challenge in Karamoja is access to water. In a project funded by the European Union and the Government of Uganda, DanChurchAid (DCA) and partners have supported activities to ensure more water to Karamoja by using local labor and innovative methods such as rock catchments.
The Karamoja region is one of the most disaster prone areas in Uganda. In order to be better prepared for disasters that are likely to occur, 23 communities have been supported to draw up Community Disaster Management Plans according to their own assessment of the hazards they are likely to experience.
Climate changes in an already existing variable environment present challenges to farming and livestock keeping, increasing vulnerability in Karamoja. The Drought Early Warning System supports the communities and the local government to be prepared for the disasters that are likely to happen as a result of this unpredictable weather.
The Karimojong pastoralists in Uganda and the Pokot and Turkana in Kenya often cross the border with their livestock in search of water and grazing land, but with this brings high risks of disease transmission.
More than 66.000 refugees have entered Uganda as the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked their hometown Kamango in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday morning 11th July.
First commemorated in 2001, World Refugee Day is held annually on June 20. It is a day to reflect, recognize and applaud the contribution of forcibly displaced people worldwide. DanChurchAid communicator and program worker in Ugand, Mai Gad, is writing from the Rwamwanga Refugee Settlement with more than 42.000 refugees.
The Karamoja region is known for its harsh climate, cyclical cattle raids, the ever high rates of malnutrition, and alcoholism. It is one of the poorest regions of Uganda, and home to about 1.2 million people, most of them dirt-poor.
In rural villages across north-eastern Uganda, drought is the most feared threat. Despite the Karamoja region receiving rains every season for the past three years, farmers and livestock keepers are apprehensive.
When appropriately supported the pastoral production systems in the dryland areas of Karamoja (Uganda) and Pokot (Kenya) can be resilient to disasters, such as drought, and can contribute to livelihoods in the region. This article introduces a set of initiatives that have focused on animal health as a key determinant of resilience.
In the Karamoja sub region, DanChurchAid works to building communities resilience to drought. This is currently done through support to Livestock Disease Surveillance, Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS) and Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR).
DCA has been chosen as the Uganda Country Lead for the Regional Learning and Advocacy Programme for Vulnerable Dryland Communities (REGLAP), which is primarily funded by the European Commission. In Uganda, REGLAP’s focus this year is on the operationalisation of the National Policy for Disaster Preparedness and Management in Uganda.
Mary and Vincent are two out of a total of 700 volunteer local village observers. They all work to ensure that their fellow citizens know about their rights and know what to expect of the local authorities, so they are sure to receive the public services they are entitled to. The project is supported by DanChurchAid.
With the help of a Danish TV-campaign, the little school girl Esther from Uganda and a number of other internally displaced persons (IDPs) have now returned home where they prepare their fields for the next harvest.
DanChurchAid’s partner, Church of Uganda is giving support to community members to help them demand their rights. The project has strengthened the local community members and changed the daily life in the remote areas of Northern Uganda. Women, men and children are now aware of what to demand from the local government – and they demand it!
A new study by DCA documents how climate change affects one of Uganda’s poorest regions
For three decades DanChurchAid has supported the Karamojongs. For many reasons there is still a big need for assistance to this poor region. Bad governance, revolutionary movements attacking civilians as well as climate disasters such as floods and droughts that have increased over the last few years, to mention just a few.
Alternating drought and pouring rain kill both animals and people. The animals cannot find food on the dry soil, so the people see their livelihood reduced to skinny frames. DanChurchAid works to prevent the disastrous consequences of the climate changes.
Taking in a 13-year-old orphan has turned out to be a true blessing for a poor family in Uganda.
The Danish government has established an Africa Commission on effective development cooperation with Africa.
George William Odeke is a local councilperson in the flooded village of Adurukoi in the eastern Ugandan district of Katakwi. “I don’t know what will happen next year because the food is just finished. If the rain continues, we will undoubtedly need food relief,” said Mr. Odeke.
Research in literacy levels in Karamoja region using population projections and visits at every Manyatta reveals that eighty eight percent of the people in the region cannot read and write the Moroto district Education Officer, Mr. Paul Abul has said.
Watch how the Ugandan NGO KADP works with drought preparedness in Karamoja and how they help improve the quality of life for the Karamojongs, who are among the poorest groups in Uganda.
Milk goats
A milk goat project funded by the DanChurchAid, a Danish Charity Organisation for women groups in the districts of Moroto and Nakapiripirit has improved the quality of life in more than 100 families.
Leadership in Karamoja have named Kenya, Southern Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia as the main sources of most of the illicit arms in Karamoja region.
Despite the intensity of the ongoing disarmament exercise in Karamoja region through cordon and search method, 8 people have been killed and 318 livestock have been raided in Moroto district in the month of June alone.
Local leadership in Karamoja region are seeking plans to end the long running cattle rustling battles with their neighbours, the Pokot and Turkana of Kenya.
An infectious livestock disease has broken out in the district of Moroto and other parts Nakapiripiriti districts killing hundreds of animals, the Livestock development assistant, Mr. Simon Peter Louse has said.
Authorities in Moroto district have blamed the outbreak of infectious livestock diseases in the entire Karamoja region on cattle rustling across the borders to Kenya.
One thing you notice on returning to Karamoja after a year or so is that someone has splendidly done well out of selling agriculrural products, sorghum, millet, beans, Sim sim rice and potatoes.
Rose Imilima lives in the eastern Ugandan district of Katakwi. She never imagined that she would spend her life struggling to survive. In fact, she never thought she would spend her life alone, but when her husband died, she was left without a means to support herself.
Two Danish and three local employees were caught in a teargas battle when an allegedly illegal demonstration was dispersed with teargas by Ugandan Police on January 26th. The group was returning from a workshop outside Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
In Kitgum, the relationship between the Church of Uganda and the Uganda country program of the Lutheran World Federation is a good example of ACT members' close working relationship. There is an old adage that says, “Two heads are better than one.” Adapted to a case of humanitarian organizations working in situations of emergency relief - two working together is better than one - the adage rings true.
Kitgum District has been one of the hardest-hit areas during the long-running conflict in Northern Uganda. Insecurity and fear of attacks from Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels as well as the Karamojong have dislodged an enormous number of people from their homes, forcing them into IDP camps under the protection of the Ugandan People's Defense Force.
Church of Uganda (CoU), a member of the global alliance Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, has been working to address the immediate needs for food, shelter and other material items for people forced from their homes and living in makeshift camps in Soroti, Northern Uganda.
Lessons learnt
Uganda and Thailand are considered best practise cases in the fight against HIV/AIDS due to many years of sustained and broad efforts to prevent HIV infection and alleviate the negative social impact of AIDS.
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