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Strengthening Environmental Civil Society in Uganda

Geographical location:

Africa/Madagascar > East Africa > Uganda

Summary

The project is intended to build the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Uganda to enable their effective participation in sustainable development, protection of the environment and sustainable management of natural resources and biological diversity.

The project will enhance the capacity of CSOs in Uganda in policy analysis and advocacy, strengthen regional, national and international networks and boost CSO membership. The project will also support the environmental civil societies to form a national forum to facilitate information sharing and data collection to back up advocacy work. The forum will be guided through protocols established to enhance cooperation, coordination and networking among members.

Background

The project, Strengthening Environmental Civil Society in Uganda, is part of Norway’s initiative entitled Environmental Movements in the South (EMS).

The goal of the EMS is to contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction through its efforts for protection and sustainable management of biological diversity and renewable natural resources.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) have been part of Uganda’s political, economic and social landscape for a long time, occupying the space between the government and individual households. Civil society commonly embraces a diversity of spaces, actors and institutional forms, varying in their degree of formality, autonomy and power.

Civil societies are often populated by organizations such as registered charities, development non-governmental organizations, community groups, faith-based groups, professional associations, trade unions, self-help groups, social movements, business associations, coalitions and advocacy groups. CSOs contribute towards the empowerment of grassroots people, check government excesses both at national and local government level, hold leaders accountable and facilitate citizen awareness on key development issues. Many CSOs describe themselves as ‘a voice for the voiceless’ with a view to bringing about enhanced democracy, social justice and ultimately improved livelihoods at grassroots level.

A number of CSOs were identified and were involved in the inception phase and more CSOs will be involved in the implementation phase 2009 – 2010.

Objectives

The objective of the EMS is to contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction through its efforts for protection and sustainable management of biological diversity and renewable natural resources.

- Environmental organizations have enhanced their capacity in policy analysis and advocacy.

- Environmental networks have been substantially strengthened in their regional, national or international efforts.

- The environmental movement has expanded its membership, or boosted its national impact and scope for advocacy.

- Important environmental policy processes have been influenced by environmental organizations and have led to measurable changes in local, national or regional plans, strategies and legislations.

Solution

WWF and partners will identify a critical number of environmental CSOs based on a quick scan approach to organizational assessment, train and actively engage them to participate in policy and advocacy work by the end of the project in their respective areas and organizations. It is expected that viable and functional networks will be established to boost communication, information sharing and strategic programming amongst CSOs at different levels in advocacy and policy issues. This consortium would provide backstopping and ensure suitability after the project has ended.

The expected deliverables of the project are:

- A critical number of environmental CSOs identified and capacity building process on governance, policy analysis, fund raising, lobbying and advocacy initiated.
- A network of environmental CSOs initiated at local, regional and national level to share information.
- Reports on stakeholder capacities, policy, legal and institutions gap analysis completed and distributed to other partners.
- Strategic planning for WWF and partners held and workshop report completed.

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