Uganda: Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Peace and Equity

Completed Project
Project Countries: Uganda
Thematic Issues: Conflict
Project Duration: 2012 to 2017
Approximate Funding: $15,000,000

The purpose of the USAID/Uganda Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Peace and Equity (SAFE) program was to support peace building and conflict mitigation in Uganda by strengthening mechanisms for resolution of conflicts over land, oil and ethnic diversity. This project  further enhanced the capacity of local actors to prevent violent conflict and transform them into peaceful outcomes while promoting reconciliation. Through training, technical assistance and providing grants to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), SAFE  focused on the oil rich Albertine region, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) affected Northern Uganda, and Central Uganda as primary entry points.

SAFE  used a two pronged approach; first, it  strengthened systems of land administration; reinforced both formal and informal dispute resolution mechanisms and created awareness of the systems. Secondly, it  supported local actors to prevent and transform emerging conflict into peaceful outcomes. Working with community networks, faith based organizations (FBOs), local government structures and CSOs, where appropriate, SAFE  built indigenous capacity for conflict prevention and reconciliation in Uganda.

Objectives

  • Make institutions for land administration and dispute resolution more accountable and accessible
  • Make administrative land management and legal aid services more efficient
  • Increase legal awareness on land matters
  • Improve Non-State Actor Oversight
  • Transform emerging violent conflict into peaceful outcomes
  • Enhance processes for community reconciliation

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