We address the Right to Food, Active Citizenship and Humanitarian Response together with our civil society and private sector partners and in close collaboration with the government institutions.


Country Director
Karin Elisabeth Lind
Mobile: +256 782 318 735
Skype: Karin.elisabeth.lind

DCA Great Lakes Office
Human Rights House
John Kiyingi Road, Nsambya
PO Box 11027
Kampala, Uganda
Phone: +256 392 265 594 (office)

3,692,308 US$ in 2016

People in need reached
120,000 direct beneficiaries and an estimated 5 million indirect beneficiaries

Worked in Uganda
Since 1979

DCA in Uganda

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.

The political environment is volatile and full of uncertainties, particularly with constitutional debate on 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 for these issues 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 particular 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%.

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. 

Activities in Uganda

Empowering Youth

Empowering Youth

As part of DCAs global strategic objective to build resilient communities, DCA Uganda, with funding from the European Union, is implementing a project aimed at reducing extreme poverty and marginalization of vulnerable youth through vocational training, entrepreneurship and capacity building.

Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world, with 77% of the population under the age of 30, of which 48% are below 15 years, and with a youth-unemployment-rate of 80%. The primary school completion rate only stands at 54%, meaning that the majority of the youth drop out of school before attaining an employable skill. Among the largely pastoralist Karamojong communities were DCA Uganda works, the literacy rates are 11% compared to the national average of 67%.

DCA, with its partners, provides vulnerable Karamojong youth with skills to build their capacities to significantly improve their chances of alternative employment/income opportunities. The project employs a three-pronged strategy to achieve this objective. First, to strengthen the capacity of vocational training institutes to better deliver the needed skills to the youth. Secondly, to facilitate young unemployed youths to attend skills training at the training institutes, and thirdly, to support the trained youth to link up with businesses that require their skills or to get self-employed. Over a period of 3 years, DCA shall support the training of 900 vulnerable youth – 50% of them being female.

Enhancing Social Accountability

Enhancing Social Accountability

DCA empowers communities to claim their rights and hold leaders accountable to the exercise of power and resource utilization for improved access to rights and good service delivery outcomes. DCA supports social accountability initiatives using the Community Based and Evaluation System (CBMES) through Community Based Monitoring Groups which monitor public service points, expose leakages, resource misuse and advocate for improved service delivery.

The approach benchmarks Human Rights Based Approach principles and the AAAQ framework (Accessibility, Availability, Acceptability and Quality of public service delivery) vis-à-vis government commitments and standards. The findings of a 2017 Rights Based Approach assessment, indicated that community based monitoring of services (CBMES) is key in promoting recognition of rights, redistribution of resources and power, as well as increased representation of marginalized groups in decision making processes.

The CBMES approach has been adopted by many of DCA’s partners in different regions of the country and has recently moved to a digitised approach using smartphones to ensure efficiency and real-time documentation of results, thereby giving accumulated evidence and credibility to the advocacy for improved service delivery.

Cash and Protection

Cash and Protection

Since October 2016, DCA has responded to the huge influx of conflict-affected South Sudanese refugees in Uganda through Cash-Based Interventions. In January 2017, DCA led an ECHO-funded consortium implementing multipurpose cash grants (MPGs) linked to the provision of Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) targeting People with Special Needs (PSNs) in the Bidibidi settlement, Yumbe District in Northern Uganda.

The objective was to provide refugees with increased access to food and basic needs items and to provide psychosocial support. The project provided 10,500 PSNs with monthly MPGs of USD 11 and mental health screening; of which 10% were provided with Cognitive Behaviour Trauma Therapy (CBTT).

At the end of the project, an exercise documenting key learnings found that when cash and protection are linked, it provides both financial and emotional security. It protects PSNs from financial exploitation and distress and empowers people to make sound financial decisions. The CBTT session groups further created a support and savings network, and provided opportunities for sharing, learning and a forum to seek advice, further strengthening social protection and capital.

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Longread: From Bidibidi, Uganda
3,500 refugees cross the border here - every dag

Local Partners in Uganda

Faith based partners:

  • Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC)
  • Moroto Nakapiripirit Religious Leaders Initiative for Peace (MONARLIP)
  • Church of Uganda – Teso Dioceses’ Planning and Development Office (COU – TEDDO)
  • Soroti Catholic Diocese Integrated Development Organization (SOCADIDO)
  • Institute for International Cooperation and Development (C&D)
  • Caritas Kotido
  • Caritas Moroto
  • Inter-religious Council of Uganda (IRCU)
  • Pentecostal Assemblies of God – Karamoja Development Programme (PAG – KIDEP)

Secular partners

  • Human Rights Network (HURINET)
  • Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET)
  • Land and Equity Movement Uganda (LEMU)
  • Coalition for Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations (COPACSO)
  • TPO Uganda
  • Uganda Debt Network (UDN)

Private Sector partners

  • Mukwano Industries (U) Ltd.
  • Amfri Farms Ltd

International donors in Uganda