International Development Law Organization

Uganda

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Uganda has made much progress in reducing poverty and promoting stability in past years, particularly through improvements on several justice-related indicators. Despite these gains, the justice sector still faces significant challenges relating to funding and capacity, public perceptions of pervasive corruption, inaccessibility of services for the poor sections of the population, low quality and sustainability of the legal aid and information services, costliness and slow speeds of dispute resolution, among others. These challenges have negatively affected citizens’ confidence in the formal system leading people to resort to other means to seek recourse and may also increase the likelihood of violence and further corruption. There is a therefore a need for effective interventions to enhance the reach, quality and sustainability of access to justice in Uganda.

UGANDA: Supporting Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPs) to Enhance Access to Justice for the Poor, Vulnerable and Marginalized in Uganda

This sub-project aimed to enhance access to justice for poor, vulnerable and marginalized people in Uganda by strengthening legal aid service delivery. In close cooperation with IDLO, the Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET) strengthened the capacity of Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPs) to deliver quality services by equipping them with standardized legal aid resource materials and knowledge on project management.

UGANDA: Promote Healthy Diets through Legal Empowerment and Social Accountability Mechanisms, Using a Human Rights-Based, Participatory, Multi-Sectoral Approach

This sub-project aimed to strengthen human rights-based advocacy initiatives to support regulatory and fiscal measures that promote healthy diets by adopting a two-pronged approach based on (i) multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder advocacy platforms; and (ii) legal empowerment through awareness-raising and capacity development. The Center for Food and Adequate Living Rights (CEFROHT) contributed to healthy diet reforms through the establishment of an Advocacy Working Group (AWG) consisting of representatives from the Government, civil society organizations (CSOs), academia and the media.

UGANDA: Strengthening Gender Responsive Treatment of Women in Conflict with the Law in Western Uganda

This sub-project aimed to scale up a new model of gender-sensitive sentencing and effective delivery of gender-sensitive community service orders in Western Uganda. Working closely with the Judiciary and the Uganda Prisons Service, Penal Reform International (PRI) strengthened the capacity of criminal justice actors on the management of women offenders and improving representation and support for women offenders in Uganda.

IDLO Director-General, Jan Beagle's Statement at the Joint Conference of the East African Chief Justices’ forum and the East African Judicial Education Committee

Statement by the Director-General, Jan Beagle at the Joint Conference of the East African Chief Justices’ Forum and the East African Judicial Education Committee

Honourable Chief Justices,

Members of the East African Judiciaries,

Distinguished Guests,

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Key Initiatives

  • IDLO is rolling out a program that aims to secure accessible, quality and sustainable justice services for citizens - particularly those living in rural, poor and other disadvantaged communities. The Community Justice Programme (CJP) supports both state and non-state legal aid, legal empowerment and other justice delivery interventions.
  • Promoting Healthy Diets and Physical Activity in Uganda
  • Adolescent girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among young people in sub-Saharan Africa. They are more vulnerable to HIV because they are often subjected to a range of gender and age based biases, discrimination and violence, including sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking. Despite growing HIV-related responses, they and their communities most often do not have the capacity, voice and power to hold these service providers accountable for improved delivery of quality HIV-related services.
  • One of the challenges in scaling up HIV-related legal services is the limited number of knowledgeable, skilled and committed lawyers to provide such services. Part of the solution therefore lies in building the capacity of law schools to ensure law graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to support human rights-based approaches to HIV. Many universities, including in East Africa, offer clinical legal education programs to give students direct experience of providing legal information to clients.
  • Rates of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) remain high in Uganda due to cultural practices, continued internal displacement, and low capacity of the justice system. IDLO is working to advance accountability for SGBV crimes committed in times of or after armed conflict in Uganda. 
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