Editorial

Dear readers, Welcome to this edition of The ACFODE Newsletter. I must confess that the journey of writing and compiling this ...
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My Internship Experience at ACFODE

This journey all started when I read the articles Action for Development (ACFODE) team publishes through a series of materials ...
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‘Decide Now !’ An Exciting Youth Empowerment & Mentorship Program by ACFODE

Youth mentoring is the process of matching mentors with young people who need or want a caring, responsible adult in ...
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When Men get on board: Oyam Men Take Boldstep In Strengthening Community Participation In Local Governance and Promotion of Women & Girls’ Rights

In an all men’s attendee meeting on Thursday 14th September, community monitors in Oyam District shared findings on the Health ...
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Let’s Talk Money Matters: Village Savings & Loan Associations share tips on financial management.

“Most people cannot progress in life because they lack financial discipline and they allow money to manage them instead of ...
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ACFODE Mourns Entebbe-Nansana Murders

Subsequent to the ghastly murders of 25women (both young adults and grownups) in a span of just four months, ACFODE ...
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Who @Acfode Is:

Chaotic, Charismatic, Tolerant, Friendly? Respondent Their guess…    CORRECT ANSWER Magdalene Theresa Happy.     Shirley Belinda Faith Sandra Alex Madam Robinah Annet Happy Sandra Belinda Vanessa Sandra Edward Sandra   ...
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Gifted, talented or determined? Shirley May’s Star Moment

It was a Wednesday morning in August when I was called by Sylvester Kabombo Coordinator, The Youth and Hip Hop ...
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Employee Spotlight

Name: Theresa Sabano Position: Administrative Assistant Chosen by: Belinda Why: It is the way she does her work. Her desk is very demanding ...
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Staff babies

ACFODE CHILDREN Ms Rukundo Rebecca, a Programmes Assistant with the Gender & Economic Policy Department (GEP) was blessed with a baby ...
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Staff Arrivals & Departures

ARRIVALS Oh yes, we have new staff on board! MAGDALENE NALUMANSI We are much delighted to have on board, Ms. Magdalene Nalumansi, a ...
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Flowers & Frowns

Local scene: Anite | Monica FLOWER Hon. Monica Amodngin “Minority or majority views cannot out state the minority view. …we must be politically ...
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Bridging The Gap Between The Young And The Old: A KAS-ACFODE Initiative

  Ms. Regina Bafaki, ACFODE Executive Director giving her opening remarks. The much anticipated Youth Intergenerational Dialogue 2017 was received with such ...
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Internship Placement Has Never Been Better Than This: My Fun Filled Learning & Sharing Experience as an Intern With ACFODE.

There are usually a number of thrilling mysteries that come with being a University student. Other than the new diverse ...
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KIGGWA SSS, A Remote Rural School Turned Urban: An ACFODE Member’s Journey of Transforming Lives & Community Through Education

Kiggwa SSS, a Government Aided Secondary School in Mityana District, is located in Kiggwa Local Council, Kitongo Parish, Butayunja Sub-county, ...
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Can DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Justify DIVORCE?

Justify DIVORCE? Brian Mutebi, one of our scribes for the Arise Magazine tackles this from a religious perspective. Oh, yeah! It ...
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ACFODE capacitates Community monitors in Apac and Dokolo

Over the years, ACFODE has had several interventions in Apac and Dokolo aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment ...
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Be the change you want to see -SASA!

Change is a long term and difficult process but possible; people willing to change lives go through a process. It ...
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Counseling outreaches in Kisoro district

At some point in life, majority of us have been in a situation where you feel there is need to ...
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Strengthening Local Capacity in Prevention of VAW

While women are battling for equal rights all over the world, the existing power imbalance between women and men renders ...
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Sharing is caring

A duo of ACFODE staff, Rebecca Rukundo and Sandra Nassali, attended a leadership for change (LFC) training a fortnight ago ...
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Faith Feature

ACFODE holds Legal sessions at Parish level in Kisoro District

In light of the multifaceted challenges and limitations community members get in attaining justice, Action for Development conducted legal sessions ...
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HOW LFC, a Leadership Training Has Changed My Life

On Sunday, the 28th of May 2017 my colleague Rebecca and I travelled to Uganda Cooperative College, Kigumba for a ...
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Women’s Rights and the Law: ACFODE conducts training workshops on Women’s rights using the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

“Defilement, Rape, early and forced marriage, girl child labor, sexual harassment, denial of rights to education, Denial of property rights, ...
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Public Expenditure Tracking by Citizens, an Approach to Improving Accountability Mechanisms as Local Levels

The 1995 Uganda constitution in a number of sections and articles explicitly details the roles and the powers that citizens ...
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ACFODE Commissions Community Activists against Domestic Violence in Apac and Dokolo districts

Violence against Women (VAW) is human rights cross cutting issue and it affects all the poor, rich, educated, illiterate and ...
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Success story of a KAS Masters Scholarship Beneficiary

The mere mention of 2012 brings a sudden thrill over me and I am immediately filled with a leap of ...
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Empowering Women on Land and Property Rights

Married in 2006 as the second wife to her husband, Amondirwoth Patricia narrates how they (her and her husband) coped ...
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Rakai Women Leaders’ Caucus – An Inspiration

In April last year, ACFODE under the Women’s Democracy Group (WDG) conducted a workshop for newly elected women leaders from ...
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Mentoring of District Women Caucuses

The Women’s Democracy Group is a coalition of five civil society organizations in Uganda comprising of Action for development, Center ...
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ACFODE Mentors Kabale District Women Leaders’ Caucus

“Kabale does not usually get such workshops that focus directly on the women legislators. This has reminded us of our ...
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Our Participation in the National Women’s Day Celebrations in Dokolo District

On the 8th of March 2017, ACFODE was in Dokolo Districts to participate in the National Women’s Day Celebrations commemorated ...
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Developing Local Capacity for the Promotion of Women’s Rights

Engaging with Social Actors and Couples who are held in high esteem in their communities has proved to be effective ...
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ACFODE Mentors Political Leaders to Advance Women’s Rights

Engaging men as actors in advancing women’s rights is an approach that ACFODE has embraced over the years. In a ...
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Social actors from Karamoja region ready to champion issues on women land rights

ACFODE Orients Social Actors on Legal/Policy Frame Works on Women Land Rights

Social actors such as cultural, religious, opinion leaders are highly influential in the communities they serve. They make decisions, settle ...
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ACFODE Capacitates Female Aspirants for the Local Council I & II Chairperson-ship Positions

Citizens of Uganda and of voting age will in 2017 go to the polls to elect local council I and ...
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Changing my Attitude has Led to a Happy Family Life

My name is Bizere Alice a CODERASH committee (combating defilement, rape and sexual harassment) member and model couple in ACFODE’s ...
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ACFODE Marks The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

This year marks the 25th year of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991. Given ...
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ACFODE Forms Cedaw Committees and Social Enterprise Groups.

ACFODE under the project  “Action for Strengthening Institutions and Communities in Promoting Women’s Rights”  with support from BC/EU, Acfode formed ...
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ACFODE Engages with Former Female Aspirants on their Relevancy after Elections.

The Constitution of Uganda sets the policy and legal framework for gender equality and women’s empowerment. It recognizes gender equality ...
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ACFODE Orients Male Gender Champions on Gender and Legal Frame Works That Promote and Protect Women and Girls Rights.

Social actors such as cultural, religious, opinion leaders are highly influential in the communities they serve. They make decisions, settle ...
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Roles and Responsibilities of Duty Bearers Amplified by ACFODE

Governments and states are the primary duty bearers. The government of Uganda has ratified a number of human rights instruments ...
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Boys as Champions for Gender Equality.

Attitudes and practices, both positive and negative are shaped as children grow up. It is for this reason that ACFODE ...
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Acfode mentors women caucuses on gender legislation and policy influence

In May 2016, Action for Development, under the Women’s Democracy Group that comprises five civil society organizations in Uganda including ...
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Citizen’s Participation in Local Governance and Women Rights Promotion; an engine for holistic Development

Uganda as a country has made significant strides in putting in place systems, structures and policies that enable citizens get ...
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Juliet Achola still reaping the benefits from ACFODE Group Savings and Social Enterprise.

The British Council and EU funded project titled, “Action for strengthening institutions and communities in promoting women’s rights”, has continued ...
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Women Activists Call for Increased Political Representation

Despite affirmative action; women’s participation in politics remains low; with only 19 women making it to parliament on the direct ...
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How can we harness ICTs for the empowerment of women in Uganda?

In the last two decades, a number of events have greatly changed the way people all over the world work ...
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When Your only Crime is Being Born Female

I and two colleagues spent 11 days (15th -26th May 2016) in Amudat District, the land of the Pokot on ...
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ACFODE Holds a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Model training

A participants demonstrating how the PME model works PME module is an innovative Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Framework adopted from ...
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ACFODE Holds a Mentorship Session

A group photo of participants demonstrating team work building  during the session Mentoring Session is a mentorship interactive talk organized ...
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The Women Leaders Training by ACFODE Helped me Attain Leadership Skills

Hon. Akullu Mary LCV Councilor sharing her experience during the leadership training in Apac District Hon. Akullu Mary is the newly ...
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The Women Leaders Training by ACFODE Helped me Attain Leadership Skills

Hon. Akullu Mary is the newly elected LCV female councilor for Aduku Town Council. She shared her experience on how ...
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ACFODE Commissions Couples as Agents of Change in Busanza Sub County

Following the launch of a new project in Kisoro district “Promotion of positive Socio-cultural practices in the rural communities of ...
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ACFODE Equips Women Leaders with Leadership Skills

Regina Nakalyango is a newly elected district Councilor in Rakai District. She represents the sub counties of Lwankoni and Kabira ...
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Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

Investing in gender equality and women empowerment can unlock human potential on a transformational scale.Women account for one half of ...
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ACFODE Launches New Project on Promoting Positive Socio-Cultural Practices in Kisoro

On Friday 11th March 2016, a new project was launched by ACFODE in partnership with EIRENE and with funding from ...
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CEDAW Committees Receive Bicycles

British Council in partnership with Action for Development (ACFODE) implemented a 2 year project co-funded by the European Union. The ...
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Assessment and Validation of Socio-Cultural Practices in Kisoro District

A third phase of the EIRENE-ACFODE project kick started with an assessment of the positive and harmful socio-cultural practices in ...
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ACFODE Tips Village Savings and Loans Association Groups in Apac and Dokolo

As a mechanism of facilitating and sustaining economic growth and efficiency, ACFODE conducted two days training for 12 Village Savings ...
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ACFODE Holds a Policy Dialogue on Domestic Violence Act 2010

As part of her advocacy initiatives to eradicate Domestic Violence (DV), ACFODE held a Policy Dialogue with stakeholders at national ...
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Civil Society and Private Sector in the Fight for Better Service Delivery

In Oyam and Kiboga, like most districts in Uganda, local citizens continue to struggle to access quality health care and ...
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ACFODE Holds Women’s Leadership Conference in Commemoration of International Women’s Day

In recent times, a lot of progress has been made to promote women’s rights nonetheless they still do not have ...
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ACFODE Holds a Human Resource Clinic

The Human Resource clinic is a mentorship interactive talk organized by Action For Development (ACFODE) where members of the  public ...
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