DCA has been supporting poor communities in Uganda with relief and long term development assistance since 1979, working in areas with increasing levels of inequality and exclusion based on income, geography, gender, age and displacement as a result of conflict and other disasters and harsh climatic conditions.
Uganda’s economic growth has slowed down, and inflation is on the rise with negative impact on food prices.
Uganda is the largest refugee hosting country in Africa with more than 1.3 million refugees, of which more than 1 million have come from war-torn South Sudan. Within Uganda itself, the political environment is full of uncertainties, particularly with the removal of the presidential (and other) age limits, which would allow for the current and future presidents to rule in perpetuity, and compulsory land acquisition that would allow the government to grab land from individual private owners, to give to investors. As the debates over these developments intensify, the civil society space is increasingly becoming narrow for opposing views.
DCA’s Uganda programme targets the poor and vulnerable people of Uganda including refugees, with a focus on women who are affected by negative socio-cultural practices including sexual and gender-based violence and lack of access and control over productive resources like land. Youth is another important target group generally marred by poverty, inadequate education and skills, inadequate work/employment opportunities, exploitation, disease, civil unrest and gender discrimination, which is exacerbated by the national youth unemployment rate in Uganda estimated at 80%.
DCA’s Humanitarian work is done as part of the interagency response coordinated by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNHCR, responding to the over one million refugees that are presently in the country, mainly from South Sudan. In line with Uganda’s policy framework on refugee assistance, at least 70% beneficiaries of DCA’s humanitarian response are refugees while 30% are from the refugee-hosting communities.
While recent Refugee Response Plans have scaled down the planning figures for the refugees entering Uganda over the coming months, uncertainty remains on the political situation in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We work closely with partner organisations and government structures at different levels, while also doing direct/self-implementation in our humanitarian response to the South Sudanese refugee influx. We work in the humanitarian-development nexus, and introduce cash-based interventions, appropriate technologies and digital solutions to address vulnerability; we build local capacity; we support appropriate livelihoods including access to land and climate change adaptation; and we fight for gender equality, transparency and social accountability.