African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET)

The African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), Uganda Chapter was founded in 2005 and is based in Lira, Uganda.  AYINET is an independent national not-for-profit organization, registered with the national board of the Non Governmental Organization in Uganda at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Lira District Local Government.

AYINET is governed by a Board of Directors (BoD), whose roles include provision of AYINET’s monitoring and oversight performance. AYINET is a neutral, objective and secular organization. Our staffing is composed of men and women with formal educations and in-depth training. AYINET has a clinical and counseling unit, finance department, project officers and community-based officers and volunteers. Read more about our staff members here.

AYINET is working countrywide from our head office in Lira Northern Uganda.

AYINET receives funds from national and international donors, United Nations,  private sector  foundations and individuals. Also, we partner with key ministries in the Government of Uganda


AYINET’s Trauma Healing for Post Conflict Peace and Reconciliation Project compliments the United States Counter LRA strategy for northern Uganda, especially the SAFE Y4 Work Plan which focuses on addressing the special needs and unique requirements for peace and reconciliation in the post-LRA conflict north. It will offer gender and generation-inclusive trainings, collaboration, and will strengthen local coping mechanisms. Psychosocial support will combat discrimination by facilitating the integration of groups suffering from stigma, such as girls, children born in captivity or parented by rebels, child-headed families, and war-disabled persons.

The project will continue to provide psychosocial rehabilitation to war-affected communities, and to help rebuild a resilient society by promoting a culture of peace and justice, solidarity, and respect for human rights. This links to USAID-SAFE’s Northern strategy objective which pays attention to issues of post-conflict trauma and the need for psychosocial support, as well as post-conflict reconciliation.