Democratic Governance Facility (DGF)

The Democracy Governance Facility (DGF) was accredited a Responsible Agency by Public Opinions International on 15th November 2016 in recognition and appreciation of its contributions towards Social-economic Transformation of Uganda as well as its contribution towards realisation of Uganda Vision 2040 and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda through promotion of human rights,good governance,accountabilty and,democracy

The Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) was established by Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union. DGF supports state and non state partners to strengthen democratisation, protect human rights, improve access to justice and enhance accountability in Uganda.

 

DGF's work is built upon the principles and values enshrined in Uganda's 1995 Constitution and reiterated in its current National Development Plan.  It is guided by a belief that sustainable development is best achieved through constructive engagement by Ugandan citizens with the state at national and sub-national levels.  The facility does not implement activities directly, but works with a diverse array of national, regional and district-based partners.  It promotes the development of Uganda's centres of excellence in specific areas related to democratic governance and supports the efforts of Ugandan citizens to ensure peace, prosperity and justice for all.

The overall goal of the DGF is to contribute to equitable growth, poverty eradication, rule of law and long term stability in Uganda.  The DGF's programming approach is focused on the following three interlinked and mutually reinforcing components and their associated sub-components:

Deepening Democracy

Sub-Components

  1.  Political Responsiveness and Accountability

  2. Democratic Culture, Space and Values

  3. Integrity of Democratic Processes - Elections 

Rights, Justice and Peace

Sub-Components

  1. Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

  2. Access to Justice

  3. Peace and Reconciliation

Voice and Accountability

Sub-Components

  1. Local Accountability Networks and Partnerships

  2. Improved Basic Service Delivery to Poor, Vulnerable and Socially Excluded Groups in Northern Uganda

  3. Harnessing Natural Resources for Better Service Delivery and other Development Purposes

Deepening Democracy

Objective: 
More pluralistic, representative and accountable governance based on democratic values, institutions and processes in Uganda

Support under the Deepening Democracy is targeted to efforts by Ugandan citizens and organisations, state and non-state actors to achieve a more pluralistic, representative and accountable governance based on democratic values, institutions and processes. The component includes three inter-linked and mutually supportive sub-components namely: 

  1. Political Responsiveness and Accountability
  2. Democratic Culture, Space and Values
  3. Integrity of Democratic Processes - Elections

Rights, Justice and Peace

Objective: 
More pluralistic, representative and accountable governance based on democratic values, institutions and processes in Uganda

The component is aiming for a situation where the people of Uganda, especially the poor, vulnerable and women are empowered to claim their human rights, have access to justice and live in peace.  The component included three inter-linked ad mutually supportive sub-components namely;

  1. Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
  2. Access to Justice
  3. Peace and Reconciliation

Voice and Accountability

Strengthened accountability and transparency of service providers at state and local government level.

The component focuses on empowering citizens at national and sub-national levels to articulate their concerns and to demand meaningful accountability from leaders and service providers. The component includes three inter-linked and mutually supportive sub-components namely:

  • Local Accountability Networks and Partnerships
  • Improved Basic Service Delivery to Poor, Vulnerable and Socially Excluded Groups in Northern Uganda and other Target Areas
  • Harnessing Natural Resources for Better Service Delivery and other Development Purposes benefiting the Citizens

Cross-Cutting Themes

Cross-cutting issues are mainstreamed and addressed within DGF interventions. Current cross-cutting themes include: Civic Education, Gender, Youth and Land Rights.

PARTNERS

The ULS is an association of lawyers established under the Uganda Law Society Act. It is charged with ensuring high levels of professionalism among lawyers in Uganda. With DGF funding, ULS runs two projects i.e. the Pro bono and the Legal Aid Projects.

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The Uganda Law Council is a body established by the Advocates Act, Cap. 267 (as amended). It is charged with the mandate of regulating the legal profession and legal aid service provision to indigent persons in Uganda. One of the functions of the Law Council under the ... read more

As a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity seeks to mobilize Christian lawyers to serve the indigent community of Uganda by ensuring that God’s character of justice and mercy is communicated in both words and action

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The Refugee Law Project (RLP) was established in 1999 to provide legal aid to asylum seekers and refugees in Uganda. This was in response to an extensive research project that found out that despite Uganda's strong international reputation for providing asylum to refugees,... read more

Platform for Labour Action (PLA) is a National Civil Society Organization founded in 2000. PLA is focused on promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized workers through empowerment of communities and individuals in Uganda. They target vulnerable and... read more

The Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) was established at the School of Law, Makerere University in January 2012, becoming the first clinic established at a university in Uganda. PILAC seeks to promote a hands-on experiential learning as well as exposing students to ‘live’... read more

NUDIPU is an umbrella NGO that brings together various categories of persons with disabilities. It was formed in 1987 after small fragmented groups thought of having one umbrella institution that would promote their rights.

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The Muslim Centre for Justice and Law (MCJL) is a local not for profit Non-Governmental organisation founded in 2009 to advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable members of our society. It is dedicated to promoting and advancing justice, tolerance and human rights in... read more

The Law Development Centre is a multi-purpose training, research, scholarship, publication and law reform institution established by an Act of Parliament in 1970 under the Law Development Centre Act. The Legal Aid Clinic was established to provide Clinical Legal Education to... read more

The Legal Aid Service Providers' Network in Uganda (LASPNET) was conceived in early 2001 as a loose coalition to steer involvement of the private sector players in addressing the issues directly affecting the poor and their access to justice. LASPNET was registered in 2004 as... read more

Justice Centres Uganda is a project of the Government of Uganda under the Justice Law and Order Sector. Started in December 2009, JCU was established and operationalized in the Judiciary. JCU is a one stop-shop legal aid clinic that seeks to bridge the gap between the supply... read more

The International Law Institute – African Centre for Legal Excellence has been providing practical, high-level post-professional education, and contributing to the development of legal infrastructure on the African continent since 1997. With a regional focus in Africa and a... read more

The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda) is one of the leading women's rights organizations in Uganda and the pioneer of legal aid and public legal education in sub-Saharan Africa. Formed in 1974, FIDA-Uganda has an established track record of promoting and... read more

The Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) was established in 1991 with the aim of overcoming the various obstacles to democratic development and to ensure the meaningful enjoyment of the fundamental freedoms enumerated in the 1995 Uganda Constitution and other... read more

Human Rights Focus  is a non-profit, member-based human rights organisation with a countrywide mandate to promote and defend human rights. It was founded in 1994 in Northern Uganda to respond to the then deteriorating human rights situation in the region, resulting from civil strife and armed... read more

IDF is a non-profit, grant–making institution established in 2008 through a partnership with bilateral donors and leading National Civil Society Networks in Uganda.  IDF has since grown into a more stable Uganda funding mechanism with robust grantee risk assessment and... read more

Centre for Women in Governance (CEWIGO) is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization established in 2006 in Uganda. CEWIGO is committed to the promotion of effective and equal participation of women and men in all spheres and at all levels of decision-making. They envision a world that... read more

The Uganda Human Rights Commission is a national Institution responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights in Uganda. It draws its mandate from Article 51(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. In execution of its mandate, the commission carries out... read more

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) is a loose umbrella organization of individuals and organizations working to promote the protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Uganda. It provides a platform for promoting synergy, cooperation,... read more

Human Rights Network–Uganda (HURINET–U) was established in 1993 by a group of eight human rights organizations and was formally registered as an independent, non–partisan and not for profit organization in 1994. The identity of HURINET–U lies with its diverse membership of... read more

 

Policies

The DGF partnership approach paper explains what a partnership means for the DGF, how partnerships come about, who our partners are and how we work with our partners in practice.  By articulating these considerations and agreeing upon them with our partners we are striving for common understanding and shared expectations with those we work.To read more

 

The DGF programme document provides a description of the Democratic Governance Facility in Uganda. To download the full document please click: The DGF Programme Document

 

DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE FACILITY

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