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Trócaire’s work in Uganda supports those affected by conflict, the development of sustainable livelihoods and gaining access to land, improving the rights of women and holding the government more accountable to its citizens.

The Odoot United Youth group campaign for greater transparency in public spending and have successfully lobbied for an extension to the school in their village in northern Uganda.

The Odoot United Youth group campaign for greater transparency in public spending and have successfully lobbied for an extension to the school in their village in northern Uganda. Photo: Tine Frank

Key Facts

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Trócaire has supported partners in Uganda since 1995. We opened a country office in Kampala in 2008

Health & other benefits


People benefitted directly from Trócaire's programmes in Uganda in the last year

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Food and Resource Rights, Justice and Human Rights, Women's Empowerment

Trócaire's Work in Uganda

Trócaire has supported partners in Uganda since 1995, through a regional office in Kenya and before that directly from Ireland.

Initially, we provided humanitarian assistance to communities displaced by years of war. In 2008, we opened a country office in Kampala.

Our programmes focus predominantly on the north and north-eastern regions of the country.

These regions continue to show significantly different poverty levels and the 2016 World Bank report on Uganda notes that poverty levels are highest in Northern (44%) and Eastern (25%) regions compared to Central (4%).

Trócaire works across three programme areas in Uganda:

1. Food and Resource Rights

For 20 years, Uganda was embroiled in a brutal civil war that destroyed much of northern Uganda.

As a result many had to flee their homes and were forced into displacement camps. When the war ended in 2006, people began the arduous process of returning to their former homes.

Many people came home to find other people on their land and others had forgotten their boundaries. Conflicts began with neighbours regarding land ownership. Land conflicts still persist today, particularly in the Acholi region in northern Uganda. 

Trócaire's current five-year programme focuses on the regions of Teso and Acholi, and aims to improve access to and use of natural resources. It includes advocacy work to increase public financing in this area for local and national initiatives.

We are also giving training in the best use of natural resources, including agroecological approaches, and 'Climate Resilient Agro Ecosystems Model' (CRAEM) and the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodologies in order to address climate change and women's empowerment issues.

The programme commenced in March 2017 and will run up to February 2022, with financing from Irish Aid

2. Justice and Human Rights

Through partnership with local and national organisations, Trócaire seeks to make the Ugandan Government more accountable and responsive to its citizen’s demands in the areas of health, education and water.

Our work raises awareness among the local civil society and the general public and also engages with relevant duty bearers (the government).

Trócaire employs the Rights Based Approach (RBA) which allows men and women living with poverty to be at the centre of their own development and influence decision-making processes.

It includes community participation in the planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting processes at the local, district and national levels.

Through advocacy interventions at different levels of governance structures, the programme engages policy makers to bring their attention to the gaps in service delivery and encourages them to act.

3. Women's Empowerment

Trócaire works with a diverse range of local faith-based partners in the Acholi and Teso sub regions to combat gender based violence against women.

The programme uses the SASA! Methodology – a community mobilisation approach focusing on behaviour change for gender based violence and HIV prevention.

This approach brings leaders, members and allies of faith communities together to address violence against women and associated HIV risks.

SASA! Faith interventions are being implemented in Catholic, Muslim, Anglican and Born Again faith communities. 

Additionally we are working to enhance the quality of alternative dispute resolution services provided by faith leaders in target communities with a focus on safety for women and processes that are centred on the person who has experienced violence.

We are also lobbying, and supporting others to advocate, at national and local levels for appropriate resourcing and implementation of gender-based violence laws and systems, focussing on the Domestic Violence Act (2010) and the Gender Based Violence Policy and Action Plan (2016).

The programme commenced in March 2017 and will run up to February 2022, with financing from Irish Aid

Uganda Resources

Our Funders in Uganda

Our Partners in Uganda


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Updates from Uganda

Country Context

Uganda is a small, landlocked country in East Africa which has experienced decades of war and unrest, but has been making steady progress since the current National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government took power in 1986.

The north and north east of Uganda have been badly affected by the Kony insurrection and the Government military response, which left up to 1.8 million people displaced from their homes up until 2006.  

There were many human rights violations against civilians and the destruction of roads and buildings over the last ten years the situation has improved as people returned to their homes to try and rebuild their lives.

While Uganda’s economy is performing well, widespread corruption continues to cause problems and about one third of the population still lives in extreme poverty.

The recent presidential elections in 2016 saw Yoweri Museveni (NRM) re-elected for another term despite opposition allegations of vote rigging and international observers such as the European Union and the United States criticising the election for lack of transparency and detentions of opposition candidates. 

Museveni has vowed to restore peace and end corruption and is now one of the longest standing presidents in Africa. 

In addition, access to social services such as education, water and health have improved, but the quality of these services remains poor. Gender equality continues to be a problem, with almost 70% of adult Ugandan women experiencing some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.  

Uganda is host to 670,000 refugees from neighbouring countries especially South Sudan and DRC.