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Empowered woman enables Uwokot village in Pallisa district to get its first boreholeMargaret Agwang from Owukot village, Gogonyo subcounty in Pallisa district understands her rights and responsibilities as a citizen of Uganda. She was privileged like many women in her village to be sensitised by the Pallisa Civil Society Network (PACONET) on her civic rights. She received sensitisation severally, both at the sub-county as well as the district. These sessions educated her on her right to water and health services and because of this, she was able change her attitude and her way of living. For as long as Margaret remembers, Uwukot village had never got a water source although it had been planned for by the district on more than three occasions. Each time the village got an allocation from the district, the boreholes were immediately relocated to other communities. On one occasion in 2015, the Pallisa district planner informed the community of a water source that had been planned for them. Unfortunately, this borehole was also relocated to a nearby school. Margaret...
An Elderly Peasant Farmer’s Land Saved, Thanks to Free Legal SupportOnce a Bishop’s driver, Mr. Kanyaruguru Ivan (62 years old) purchased land from Kambere Dominiko in 1974 at a cost of 500/= Uganda Shillings, in his youthful days to prepare for his retirement. Bordering Kanyaruguru’s land was another piece of land which belonged to an old man, who had no family. When this old man died, the community decided to give his land to Rwenguhyo Primary School for the construction of a school playground, thus the school became Kanyaruguru’s neighbour. In 1978, the school approached Mr. Kanyaruguru with an intention to buy part of his land that was close to the playground and they agreed that the school pays him 1000/= Uganda Shillings. However, the school did not honour the agreement and so Kanyaruguru retained his land and he grew a banana plantation. Later Rwenguhyo primary school trespassed on Kanyaruguru’s land and started harvesting his bananas. Kanyaruguru then reported the school to the Local Council (LC1 which summoned the two parties mediated the...
"Although my eye sight is poor, I voted with the help of my grandchild"Eight miles through unwinding forests and plantations of sugarcane, the DGF team met 60 year old Nyakaisiki Mary at Kisuga Trading Centre in Masindi District. She was relaxing with her two favourite friends, 31 years old Dolica Nyakiri and 51 years old Margaret Birembio at the trading Centre. The trio are not ordinary friends. Mary has poor eyesight, Dolica is dumb, and Margaret is illiterate. Despite their disabilities, they recently exercised their civic rights by voting in the last national elections, for the leaders they desired. It all began when Masindi District NGO Forum (MDNF) began sensitising communities on their electoral and civic rights. They did so, on radio Kitara FM and held face to face sessions in Miracle Church where the trio prays. MDNF Voter Educators (VEs) particularly invigorated the people with various disabilities to ensure they exercised their voter rights. The VEs encouraged them to seek for help from minors in their homes to be able to reach their polling...
CDFU's Rock Point 256 Empowers Youth to Become ProductiveMany young people in Uganda face economic hardships and lack of opportunities. This video shows how civic education and life skills training for the youth provided by Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU) through the Rock Point 256 Radio Programmer,  helps  several youth to find solutions to their problmems and lead productives lives.  Concy Appacho, 22 years old, from Northern Uganda, is a typical example of many young people in Uganda who have faced economic hardships in life.  Her fortunes changed because of the empowerment and peer education she acquired through a behavioral change radio serial drama, the Rock Point 256.  
Tinfayo Change Agents Transform Communities’ Livelihoods through Civic AwarenessIn 2015, Kabarole Research Center (KRC) organized specialized training for Change Agents in the 21 sub-counties of the Rwenzori Region. The trainings were inspired by Tinfayo; a satirical story that is meant to make citizens understand the need for an active role in holding their leaders accountable rather than the passive role which has left them as beggars ripped of their own rights. The trainings embedded reflective questions and challenged participants to play their roles and responsibilities as citizens. The change agents of Komangani in Kakabara sub county vowed to start Tinfayo clubs with a purpose of fighting poverty, sensitizing community members on their civic rights, embracing government programs, and demanding accountability from their leaders at all levels. Working together with other change agents from Komangani Parish, they formed Tinfayo drama groups that composed Tinfayo songs which were used to sensitize citizens in public places such as churches, markets and saving...
Community based monitors prompt Namutumba District leadership to revamp a health facilityThe structure that houses Kaiti Health Centre in Magada Health Centre- Namutumba District stands firm and beautiful today. It is a far cry from the previous structure that had cracked walls and floors and had proved to be a danger to surrounding communities that regularly came to access health services. In June 2014, before this development, residents of the sub county were using the health facility irrespective of the risk that the structure posed to their lives. During this period, Community Based Monitors trained by Uganda Debt Network, a DGF partner conducted routine monitoring visits to the sub county. This was when the residents drew their attention to the challenge they were facing. In response, UDN in close collaboration with the Health Unit Management Committee facilitated an engagement meeting on health service delivery in the district. The meeting drew the participation of the District Health Officer (DHO), who was tasked to prioritise the health centre in the district...
Inspired by Fellow Women to Lead, Apili Became a Councillor at Kamuli District Local...In 2016, Women in Democracy Group (WDG) reported that participation of women in Uganda’s politics is still limited. The report further noted that while the legal framework on political participation does not discriminate against women and men, women face some peculiar challenges, due to the social, economic and cultural construction of Ugandan society. These include: limited access to resources than their male counterparts; gender roles which at times prevent them from participating in politics; religious and cultural obstacles; and domestic violence among others. Faced with the same challenges, Apili Victoria, from Kamuli district, decided she would beat all odds and contest for the seat of District Local Council. Although Apili had the motivation, she was not an eloquent speaker and lacked some public address skills to campaign her way through to victory. Opportunity gleamed at her when Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) invited her and other women who were contesting for various...
FIDA Helps Dislodged Mother of Six to Regain Her LandMarried in 1999 to Mr. Sodo Francis Samuel-a police officer by profession, Juliet’s dreams of a blissful marriage ended prematurely and could not follow the ‘till death do us apart’ doctrine. Leaving behind his family of a wife and six very young children, Sodo moved on to lead a life of a police officer deployed in a distant district. Soon he forgot and deserted his young family without any form of support apart from a piece of land from which together with her children, Juliet derived a livelihood. However with time the husband denied her access to property and even mortgaged this same piece of land. In addition, every time he returned home Sodo subjected Juliet to repeated beatings and asking her to vacate his land and home together with the children. When the beatings became unbearable, she consulted the clan members, and the local council leadership for help, but all was in vain. This forced her to painfully leave her marital home together with her children and took refuge in her...

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The Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) is funded by seven of Uganda’s International Development Partners (Austria, Denmark, European Union, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden) to provide harmonized and coordinated support to state and non-state partners to strengthen democracy, protect human rights, improve access to justice, and enhance accountability in Uganda.

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