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:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Project Delivered: 12 Projects.