Human and Civil Rights being a foundation stone in the development of a democratic and civil society calls for developing a strong Civil Society Sector for promotion of Human and Civil Rights advocacy, action and the enforcement of Good Governance.
In Uganda Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) engaged in Human Rights activities are faced with a range of challenges which include: Lack of funding and competition for funding, ever changing programmatic focus by Development Partners (DPs), lack of human resource with desired expertise and competence among others.
Independent Development Fund (IDF) is a grant making organization, incorporated in Uganda as a company limited by guarantee and not having share capital. IDF was set up by four Development Partners namely:- Royal Danish Embassy, DFID, Swedish Embassy/Sida and Royal Netherlands Embassy, which partners have also made funding commitments to the Programme.
IDF is non political, non-governmental, not-for-profit grant mechanism for supporting civil society organizations in Uganda. It is set up to deliver a range of support services to Ugandan civil society organizations as a means of strengthening their capacities to effectively contribute to the country’s human rights, civil rights, good governance and poverty reduction efforts.
It aims to give grants and grant management support to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that will work to promote a human rights approach, support and facilitate citizens to access and understand laws and Government policies that impact on their human and civil rightsVision
To become a sustainable model of excellence that contributes to the development of a creative and effective civil society that enables citizens to engage in the democratic process and to uphold basic Human Rights, for a better quality of life for all Ugandans.
To provide grants and associated grant management support to Ugandan CSO’s to promote a Human Rights approach in the development of a civil society, and enabling all citizens to:
- Access information (and understand) laws and policies impacting on their Human and Civil Rights.
- Engage effectively with the Government, through monitoring and open dialogue, on issues of Human and Civil Rights and associated Good Governance, poverty reduction and local democracy initiatives’
Objectives of the organization
- Promote a Human Rights approach and to support and facilitate citizens to access and understand laws and Government policies that will impact on their human and civil rights,
- Engage effectively with the Government on local and national issues of Human and Civil Rights and associated Good Governance, poverty reduction and local democracy initiatives
Key programme areas
- Lobbying and Advocacy through workshops
- Sensitization and awareness campaigns in the CSO locations
- Radio programmes
- TOT for community trainers on Human and Civil Rights approaches
- Exhibitions for awareness raising
- Publication and dissemination of information packages on Human and civil rights
- Promotion and protection of Human rights through:- Solidarity walks on Internationally recognized days like:-
- International Day for human rights
- International Women’s Day
- International Day for Disabled
Independent Development Fund
Physical Address: Adam House, plot 11portal avenue, Kampala
P.O Box 34253, Kampala
Tel. (+256) 312266197/8
Contact person: Fredrick Bwire Ouma
Date of establishment: 2008 Area of interest: Human and Civil rights, Advocacy