Oxfam Novib has worked in Uganda since the 1980s, and now concentrates on three regions in the north – West Nile, Acholi, and Lango – where poverty is particularly acute and people are recovering from conflict.
In supporting local partner organisations we coordinate with other donors, for example through the Uganda Governance Monitoring Programme and the LEARN platform for Dutch education donors. We have pioneered private sector partnerships with firms such as Philips. From 2012, Oxfam Novib will be responsible for coordinating the work of all Oxfam affiliates in Uganda.
Our work in Uganda covers three of our five aims: the right to sustainable livelihoods, the right to basic social services, and the right to social and political participation.
Work on sustainable livelihoods targets vulnerable small-scale farmers. We support partners to improve their production, access to markets and financial services, and prepare for climate-related disasters. Part of this work involves helping these farmers to organise into groups so their voice can be heard more effectively by decision-makers.
On basic services, we work to improve both adult and primary education – there is a big gap in the quality of education between the north and south.
Uganda is one the countries benefiting from Oxfam Novib’s Quality Educators For All project, to train and retain more and better teachers. We also support work which strengthens citizens to demand education more effectively from their government.
Educating people on gender roles is a high priority, along with sexual health and reproductive rights, including HIV/AIDS. This outreach work primarily targets hard-to-reach communities such as pastoralists and fisher folk.
As access to information is a basic necessity for people to demand for their social and political rights, we support organisations which help marginalised groups to access traditional and new media.
|Bron||Oxfam Novib, march 2011|