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Previous Projects and respective Donors

Currently and of recent, with funding from our partners like Coalition for International Criminal Court (CICC) based in the Hague, Netherlands, National Endowment for Democracy (NED) based in Washington D.C, USA, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy based in Taipei, Taiwan, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations based in Newyork, USA, International Republican Institute (IRI) based in Washington DC, USA,  SIDA/Diakonia, Swedish Embassy, Uganda,  Uganda Youth Network, our umbrella organization and Individual Supporter , Alanna Ojibway, USA, we have conducted a series of projects, including the following:

  • 2019 – To date : Establishing Friends of the International Criminal Court Clubs in High Schools and this project is intended to sustain the conversation of the ICC among the student community and countering the misunderstanding and misconception about the ICC. This is being funded by the student community and participating schools

 

  • 2017- 2018: Popularizing the Role and Relevancy of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court among the Student Community in Uganda, and the project purpose was to promote the legitimacy of the ICC. The project was funded by the Coalition of International Criminal Court (CICC), to which SGD Uganda is a member and the approved fund was $7000

 

  • 2016 -2017: Promoting Youth Civic Engagement in three districts in Uganda. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded project was intended to strengthen youth participation and contribution in socio-economic and political processes at the community and national level. The approved project grant was $30,820

 

  • 2015 – 2016: Strengthening Youth Participation in the Uganda 2021 Elections. This project was funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and its objective was to promote youth participation in the 2021 Elections. The approved project grant was $35,230

 

  • April – August 2016: Student Mock Parliaments. This program was funded by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD). The project objective was to create spaces where young people can discuss public policy matters, especially those that impact the youth, and brainstorm opportunities to influence political processes in a manner that catalyzes the youth voice. The approved grant was $3000

 

  • 2014-2015: Strengthening Student Participation in the Uganda 2021 Elections. Funded by National Endowment for Democracy (NED), it was intended to specifically engage the student community in meaningful elections. The approved project grant was $43,500

 

  • April – August 2015: Student Why Vote? Debates. This was a Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) funded project and it was focused to strengthen students’ participation in a meaningful Uganda 2012 General poll process. The initiative approved grant was $3000

 

  • 2013- 2014: Mentoring Youth/Student Advocates for Transparency and Public Accountability. Funded by National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The project purpose to mentor and engage young people in Uganda to hold their leaders accountable for their campaign promises and quality service delivery from the duty bearers. The project approved grant was $40,000

 

  • 2012 – 2013: Promoting Civic Responsibility and Respect for Volunteerism among the Youth”. This National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded initiative was intended to mobilize youth for civic duty and promote a culture of volunteerism. The approved grant was $48,970

 

  • 2013 – 2014: Addressing Ethnic Tensions and Religious Differences among University Students in Uganda. This United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) funded project was intended to foster peace as an alternative to violence and as a national strategy to build a generation of youths who love and appreciate religious and cultural diversity. The approved grant was $25,000

 

  • 2012-2013: Promoting Civic Responsibility and Civil Culture against Violence among Young People, the first National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded project was intended to show young people the real consequences of violence and thereafter engage them in constructive civic engagements like community cleaning, tree planting, volunteer placements, documentary films on violence, drama shows on violence, and discussion forums on violence. The approved grant was $23,200

 

  • 2011: Green Light Movement Campaign. The International Republican Institute (IRI) funded campaign was a youth led advocacy initiative with the goal of mobilizing and organizing the youth to generate action-oriented thoughts to address pressing concerns affecting the youth in Uganda.

 

It was an enriching initiative, where young people were able to come up with solutions to pressing issues like unemployment and we were able to open up chapters in secondary schools to sustain the activities of the campaign

 

  • Observation of Youth Parliamentary Uganda 2011 Youth Parliamentary Elections in Jinja District. Our four member observer team was facilitated by SIDA/Diakonia Uganda through African Youth Development Link. The facilitation grant was $2000. We monitored and observed both the Youth Parliamentary and National Youth Council Elections.

 

  • February 2011: Observation of the Uganda 2011 General Elections. SGD Uganda Observation team of 4 people was facilitated by Uganda Youth Network and the facilitation grant was $2000

 

  • 2010 -2011: Youth as Ambassadors of Peace Project. The Uganda Youth Network funded initiative was meant to train youth as peace ambassador and engaging the students in a non-violence peaceful electoral process. The approved grant was $2000

 

  • October – December 2012: Humanitarian Project for Vulnerable kids (Provision of shoes and scholastic materials for kids in Mpigi and Kampala). The initiative was funded by Alanna Ojibway, a volunteer at Students for Global Democracy Uganda and by then, a student of Vermont College School in United States. The project grant was $5000

Achievements

 

Qualitative Achievements

 

Over the course of years since 2005, SGD-Uganda has been involved in various activities to achieve its goals and objectives. The organization has facilitated youth development processes for self-actualization and participation in nation building. Together with community members, SGD-Uganda has mobilized both financial and human resources to organize both school and community engagement in its efforts to address the areas of human development such as: awareness on human rights & freedoms, civic & civil liberties, voter education, election observation and  monitoring, intercultural dialogue campaigns, anti-corruption campaigns, youth political-civic participation, capacity building, conferences, seminars and training workshops among others. The Programmes are implemented in schools and communities through outreach programs. 

 

  • SGD-Uganda has designed leadership mentoring, coaching, and training programmes to add value on the already existing efforts in Uganda aimed at developing a culture of responsible leadership, Active citizenship, and vibrant student’s movement to enable the achievement of accountable, responsive, and transparent culture of governance. The organization has designed and implemented skills development training programmes through educational seminars, outreaches, volunteerism and community services to equip the target groups with skills, knowledge, impart values of virtue and exploit talent, innovation, inventiveness , creativity and conducts problem orientated research to produce facts and inform proper proposal development, advocacy strategies for empowerment.

 

  • The organization has developed network and partnership with various stakeholders under various activists’ platforms of advocacy and lobby for improving governance, democracy, sustainable development, human rights and freedoms, civic responsibility and duty, conflict resolution and environmental conservation and protection. The organization further engages in building partnerships with various stakeholders for the purpose of improving capacity and voices on advocacy and lobby on issues of empowerment for grassroots progress and development, government accountability and transparency, research and training.

 

  • Since its inception, SGD-Uganda has acquired vast experience and expertise in dealing with the challenges of ensuring that young people in students communities are empowered while promoting civic awareness and sensitization on the democratic right to thorough Students civic education programme intending to inculcate a culture of responsible citizenship and civic duty for young people both in schools and community contributing to certain key aspects of democratic behaviors and attitudes.
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  • The youth tailored activities like Mock election programs, Mock Parliament have contributed to significantly greater rates of political participation especially at the local level leading to more moderate, but significant differences in participants’ knowledge about their political system, democratic structures, and institutions. SGD Uganda has mobilized and recruited  many young people especially students and constitute them into a coalition with a strong voice to demand and participate in the electoral process during the 2016 General Elections in clubs and created. The organization has continued to observe that school based programs like guild elections and students leadership platforms are  platforms, that empower themselves with the power that is limited through representative democracy, these have been undertaken through reflection platform. These engagements has been designed with the purpose that for democracy to survive and flourish, a critical mass of its citizens must possess the skills, knowledge, embody the values, and manifest the behaviors that accord with democracy. They must know enough about the basic features of a democratic political system, must believe in the importance of certain key democratic values, such as tolerance for divergent viewpoints, consensus, political competition, and trust building and mobilize young people willing and able to participate in local and national politics while using approaches that are new to Uganda democratic process.
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  • The project Addressing ethnic tension and religious differences in universities in Uganda was among the short listed 45 Action shortlisted projects that were identified from among an astonishing total of 1,532 youth-led action-project proposals competing for 2013 8th UNESCO Youth Forum label. With the success above, the project undertook various lessons and key observation that are key important in sustaining democratic engagement  and enhancing the role of young people in promoting inter-dialogue and peaceful  co-existence.

 

  • We have encouraged many young people in school where hardly electoral messaging reaches through Strengthening students Democratic rights to participate in 2016 election. A key element of that work has been voter registration caravan, mock campaign and election and education. We hope that civic educators, elections officials and other organizations will build on these practical learning in order to inspire life-long voting habits. Through thoughtful collaboration, we can inspire young people to become active and engaged leaders for tomorrow.

 

Quantitative Achievements

 

Project Achievements since 2010

 

  • Project Districts Reached: Wakiso, Mpigi, Gulu, Jinja, Kampala, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara, Mukono, Mpigi, Ibanda,Wakiso
  • University Reached: 8 Universities
  • High Schools Reached:  40 High Schools
  • Project Delivered: 12 Projects
  • Young People Reached both in Community and Schools since 2010: 11,200
  • Male: 6,500 Female: 4,700
  • Partnerships and Membership Built: 21
  • Donors Relations Built: 8