About Us


What is NAFODU

The National Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda (NAFODU) is a civic non partisan, not profit making, non governmental organization, registered under the Non Governmental Organization Registration statute of Uganda (1989). The Foundation was formed in 2000 by a group of youth with the major aim of promoting Democracy, human rights and good governance in Uganda. The Foundation also aimed at monitoring the 2001 presidential, parliamentary, local and village council elections .

How NAFODU is funded

The National Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda accepts donations and grants from Individuals, Foundations, Companies, Corporate Institutions, Multilateral donor agencies like World Bank, African Development Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and International organizations like USAID, DIFD, NORAD, SIDA, CIDA etc.

Our Vision, Mission, and Goals

MISSION

The Mission of NAFODU is to promote and strengthen democracy, human rights, good governance, and development in Uganda through Capacity Building, Empowerment, Grantmaking, training and information Dissemination

VISION

The Foundation's Vision is to have a democratic Uganda where the government is accountable to its citizens and in which all the citizens freely and willingly participate in the social, political and economic affairs of the Country.

GOALS

The Foundation's goal is to promote Justice, Peace, Human Rights, Democracy, Good Governance and Development through the implementation of Community-Based Projects.

WHAT WE DO

ELECTION MONITORING AND VOTER EDUCATION

Uganda’s electoral process has, since 1991, remained a highly contested sector of governance. In the recent past, an increasing number of elections have resulted in disputes and petitions. Elections have continually fallen short of meeting the basic standards of being free and fair. The Ugandan electoral system has been responsible for several problems including:-

-Invalidating votes due to lack of voter education

-Erosion of the vital concept of majority rule

-High prevalence of electoral malpractices rigging, manipulation

-Lack of guarantee for women’s representation

-Bribing voters

PROVIDING CIVIC EDUCATION

NAFODU promotes an increased awareness among citizens about their civic responsibilities in order to make leaders more responsive and accountable. NAFODU increases civic awareness and citizen’s participation in governance through:-

-Training, workshops & seminars

-Community activities like meetings, drama and visits

-Media Programs (Electronic and Print)

-Production of Information, Education and Communication Materials

-Developing strengths & talents of NAFODU members to carry on our mission through the years.

NAFODU’S Role in monitoring elections

NAFODU works to enhance citizens’ unhindered participation in the electoral process by ensuring that all the players abide by the provisions of democratic electoral laws and regulation, thereby reducing incidences of electoral fraud and malpractices. NAFODU engages in activities like

-Voters’ Registration Mobilization Campaign

-Election Monitors mobilization and training

-Media Programs (Electronic and Print)

-Production of Information, Education and Communication Materials.

LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY

Advocacy and Lobbying is a cross-cutting activity in all of NAFODU’s programs. All programs in Civic education, Conflict Prevention and Management, Corruption Awareness, Election Monitoring, Human Rights, and Multi-party strengthening are carried along an element of advocating and lobbying for attitudinal & cultural change. Press updates, conferences and statements, aim to engage the public and ensure citizens informed participation on governance.

MEDIATING CONFLICTS

NAFODU aims to change people’s attitudes and emotions that often fuel Social, Economic and political tensions and reduce conflicts and violence through its program of conflict prevention and management. Activities include;

-Networking with partners involved in the democratization process

-Inter-party round table discussions and liaison meetings

-Nurturing debate & the growth of political parties

-Production and dissemination of information materials on conflict prevention and management

-Build core competencies in our staff by increasing the number of trained mediators and conflict management teams at district level.

PROMOTING AND PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS

Uganda still lags behind in terms of observance of civil and political rights. NAFODU is committed to restoring democracy & ensuring that human rights are respected. Activities include

-Networking with citizen organizations involved in promoting and protecting human rights

-Community Sensitization/educational campaigns

-Discussions and meetings for policy makers and the public to debate and explore policy options

-Dissemination of information education and communication materials

-Press updates, conferences and statements to supplement

-Human rights training workshops.

STRENGTHENING OUR MULTIPARTY SYSTEM

The July 2005 Ugandan referendum brought back multi-party politics leading to 2006 general elections. The 2011 General elections were also organized under Multiparty Dispensation. Political parties and the multi-party system in Uganda still remain relatively undeveloped. There is need to empower and strengthen political parties to play their proper role in a multiparty democracy.NAFODU is strengthening the multiparty system in Uganda through activities like

-Roundtable discussions for political parties

-Training workshops/seminars

-Dissemination of information education and communication materials related to political party roles, functions and governance

-Capacity enhancement activities to expose NAFODU members to political party development training skills.

NAFODU multiparty strengthening program enhances the role of and functioning of multiparty political systems in Uganda through training political party leaders, inter party dialogue and strengthening political parties to articulate their views to the citizens.

CORRUPTION AWARENESS & PREVENTION

Corruption has become so rampant that it affects all sectors of society including the judiciary and has had devastating consequences. Corruption has undermined democratic institutions, aggravated the economic crisis, discouraged investment, led to human rights violations and worsened the poverty situation in Uganda.Various forms of corruption manifest themselves like

-Political Corruption e.g. abuse of public resources during election campaigns.

-Grand Corruption e.g. misappropriation of public funds

-Petty corruption mostly affecting the Uganda Police Force, the courts, the immigration department, Uganda Revenue Authority, Passports Office to mention a few.

NAFODU is playing a more pro-active role in the fight against corruption at all levels, but especially electoral corruption. NAFODU is involved in activities aimed at raising awareness and preventing corruption like

-Community sensitization/educational campaigns

-Networking with citizen organizations involved in preventing corruption

-Media programs (electronic& print) supplementing its anti-corruption advocacy activities.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

Since 2000, when NAFODU was formed, the organization has made a number of achievements through its human rights and democracy promotion programs. Among the main achievements are:
FUNDED A NUMBER OF LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Over 750 Community Based Organizations and Associations have been supported in Uganda with small grants in the range of $500-5000. These grants have been used to implement small-scale Human Rights, democracy and good governance, peace, freedom of expression and safety of journalists as well as women and youth Projects. Projects supported with grants from NAFODU are used for Capacity Building (Training in human rights, training Journalists in safety and security) Empowering Women and Youth, fundraising and resource mobilization, Building Networks, advocacy and other activities that support the Mission of the Foundation

ESTABLISHMENT OF A NETWORK OF VOLUNTEERS

NAFODU has managed to develop, harness and maintain an effective network of volunteers in southwestern Uganda and maintain a presence in all parishes, Sub-Counties, constituencies, and districts across South Western Uganda. The volunteers work for the advancement of human rights in their communities in southwestern Uganda.

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

With support from National Endowment for Democracy, NAFODU has managed to conduct civic education, human rights and democracy initiatives at the local community level in the districts of southwestern Uganda.

CORRUPTION AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

With support from the Partnership for Transparency Fund, NAFODU Completed a project for corruption awareness and prevention in Uganda through 48 weekly interactive radio broadcasts. The program was called “Gwanisa oburi bwenguzi” – “Fight Corruption”.

TRAINING OF NAFODU VOLUNTEERS IN HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION, MONITORING, AND ADVOCACY

Training NAFODU Volunteers in Human Rights Education, Monitoring, and Advocacy With support from Haella Foundation, NAFODU trained 60 volunteers in human rights Education, monitoring and advocacy. The volunteers were drawn from 20 Sub-Counties of Kabale District.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE.

With Support from CIDA, NAFODU organized an International conference entitled “The State of Democracy and Good Governance in Developing Commonwealth Countries Today” from May 28-29th, 2008 in Kabale, southwestern Uganda. The conference attracted participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

ROUNDTABLE DIALOGUE ON CHALLENGES OF POLITICAL PARTIES

On March 16, 2007, NAFODU organized a roundtable “challenges of political parties and their impact on democratization in Uganda today and the way forward”. The roundtable took place at Hotel Home Again in Kabale and attracted political party leaders and members of civil society groups.

CIVIL CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING WORKSHOPS

NAFODU in September 2008, conducted training workshops on civil conflict resolution in five districts of S. Western Uganda that is Kabale, Kisoro, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, and Kanungu. Over forty people were trained where they were evenly represented by different sub-counties of different districts, the workshops lasted for two days.

ROUNDTABLE DIALOGUE ON GENDER EQUALITY

In November 2008, NAFODU organized a roundtable on gender equality which attracted over fifty(50) Women from five districts of South Western Uganda.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT NAFODU

Can I volunteer with NAFODU?

Yes. You can volunteer with NAFODU by participating in its programs or activities.
What kind of volunteer work is available?

Volunteers can work on various programs for the Civic Education, Advocacy and Lobbying, Election Monitoring and Voter Education, Strengthening of the Multiparty, Human Rights Education and Advocacy, Conflict Resolution, Institutional Capacity Enhancement and Corruption Prevention and Awareness.
Do I need to be from Uganda?

No, volunteers come from all over the world. To volunteer in Uganda you just need to be eligible for a visa to enter Uganda.
What age do you have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers must be 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no age limit, but volunteers do have to be in good health.
Is there any time of the year when I can't volunteer?

Volunteers are able to participate in NAFODU programs all year round.
When will I know specific details on the placement?

The specific details of your placement are determined during orientation. You will consult with the programs manager for NAFODU so that requests and specific needs can be met with regards to both the volunteer and the needs of the community.
Where will I be located?

NAFODU Implements programs and Projects in south western Uganda.
Tell me more about flying into Uganda?

Volunteers will fly into Entebbe Uganda or Kigali in Rwanda and will be met at the airport on arrival.
What is the criterion for volunteers to be accepted into the program?

Each applicant is considered by the information they provide to NAFODU. If further information is required applicants will be emailed to request this. We also look further at your application as to skills and experience specifically related to the programs you have applied to. We look at volunteer experiences, travel experience and also your particular interest in the program to make our decision.
Do I need to speak English to volunteer?

Yes, you need to speak English to volunteer. You may have English as your first or second language. Uganda's two main languages are English and Swahili. Unless you are hopelessly lost in the bush somewhere, you will probably be able to find someone who speaks English.

About NAFODU

The National Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda (NAFODU) is a civic non-partisan, not profit-making, non-governmental organization, registered under the Non-Governmental Organization Registration statute of Uganda.

Our Address

Plot 6 Bwankosya Road, Associations House
P.O. Box 977 - Kabale (Western Uganda)
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Phone: +256-701 190533
Mobile: +256-774 190533
Website: http://www.nafodu.or.ug