Summary of Impact Study for the FOREST Resources Sector Transparency Programme
CARE International in Uganda in partnership with six national Civil Society Organisations (CSO), namely: Joint Effor to Save the Environment (JESE); Anti-corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU); PANO Eastern Africa (PANOS EA), Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and Community Development Resource Network (CDRN) have been supporting implementation of the Forest Resources Sector Transparency (FOREST) Programme in seven districts of the Albertine REgion of Uganda. Other key stakeholders are the Media, Local Governments, National Forest Authority (NFA) and Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE). FOREST commenced 1st April 2013 - 31st December 2017 and was funded by CARE Denmark asa part of the CARE Denmark's Framework Agreeement with DANIDA.
The Paper Crane - Issue 1, December 2017
On behalf of the staff of CARE International in Uganda and myself, I cordially welcome you to the first issue of CARE Uganda's Newsletter, the Paper Crane. It has been a long journey to get here and finally have a product that we are proud of. This Newsletter is a demonstration of some of the work we do and our commitment to ending poverty and domestic violence, especially among women and girls. We have a special focus and unshakeable commitment to women and girls because several studies show that they bear the most negative effects of poverty - socialy, economically and politically. Through this newsletter you will learn about how we work and who we work with to end poverty. We work with donors, local NGO's and CBO's, Government and private sector organisations in a partnership approach to scale up innovative, relevant and conflict sensitive practices that will greatly reduce povery.
Empowering Women & Girls through CARE's Role Model Men (RMM) approach
A large and growing body of research has shown how gender inequality undermines health and development and how working with men and boys as well as women and girls to promote equality contributes to achiveing health and development outcomes (Barker and others, 2010). While initially more promoted in long-term development programs, engaging men and boy's approaches are increasingly being integrated in humanitarian programs and are proving critical to SGBV prevention in contexts of displacements. Uganda is currently experiencing one of the larges refugee influxes globally. Of the 1,252,470 refugees (UNHCR, May 15, 2017) who have fled conficts in their home countries to settle in Uganda, approximately 86% are women and children and a large majority are coming from war-torn South Sudan, where sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war.
Land and Property Rights Critical for Women Empowerment
Land ownership is critical for Women Empowerment: Land is a primary source and crucial asset for households, especially women who primarily depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Ownership and control over land plus control over produce obtained from land use in Northern Uganda, like most parts of Uganda, is unequal and disfavours women.
The greatest disparity being in ownership and decision-making over the produce obtained from land use. Gender disparities in land rights are the underlying causes of conflicts and poverty amont women. Access, control, ownership and utilisation of land are important factors in povery alleviation. Inadequate control over the use of land hampers productivity and investment by women, yet they are the main users of lands.
From the periphery to the fore
The twenty-year old Kony war had devastating effects on the physical, social, economic and political wellbeing of the people in northern Uganda and more significantly in the health area. Women and girls were mostly affected by the conflict and continue to face enormous challenges accessing sexual reproductive, and maternal and child health care. There is inadequate services compounded by a breakdown in the social fabric and distortion of social norms, entangled with patriarchal society that would otherwise regulate gender equity in the communities.
Compounding the prolbem, men consciously and unconscioulsy impede access to basic services for women and adolescents such as family planning services, HIV testing, participation in maternal health issues and support to infant feeding practices.
Illegal issuance of Land Titles in Central Forest Reserves (CFRs)
This paper highlights Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda’s position over the Illegal issuance of land titles in Central Forest reserves (CFRs) by the Uganda Land Commission.
This position is informed by the prevailing land controversies around CFRs and the Investigative study that was carried out by Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda( ACCU) in 2014/2015 with an aim of establishing the facts surrounding individuals owning illegal land titles in selected Forest Reserves of; Kyewaga, Gunda, and Nonve in Wakiso District.
The investigative research was also motivated by a media publication titled ‘’Behind the Scenes’’ (WEMNET, 2014) that showed that over 52 land titles in Forest reserves had been issued fraudulently to individuals and or investors.
- 3 3rd November, 2017 Escaping Violence in South Sudan, Women's Groups Offer Support
- 1 1st November, 2017 A women's group for refugees in Uganda
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