Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment

RICE-WN was started in 2004 as a Community Based Organization (CBO) and non-profit organization working in West Nile, Acholi and Bunyoro sub-regions of Uganda.

With its headquarters in Arua District, RICE-WN continues to make a profound and progressive contribution towards development of rural and peri-urban communities in Uganda in areas of Environmental and Natural Resources, Community Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Development Research and Human Rights, Peace, and Governance.

Their main branch office in Arua covers the districts of Arua, Maracha and Koboko. Another branch is located in Moyo and caters to people of Adjumani, Moyo and Yumbe. A third branch in Nwoya caters to the districts of Buliisa, Nebbi, Zombo, and Nwoya.

RICE WN’s vision is a Model Community-Based Service Provider for Holistic Transformation while its goal is to promote and advance healthy community development


RICE-WN’s Peaceful Co-existence of Refugees and Host Communities Project targets promotion of peaceful co-existence of refugees and host communities in the Rhino refugee camp settlement, following an increased influx of refugees from South Sudan and the resulting  tension with host communities arising out of limited social services, and culture and leadership challenges.

The project follows the USAID SAFE Annual Peace Statement (APS) grant project called, “Radio Programming for Refugees and Host Communities in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement for Long Lasting Peace and Development”, which was implemented by RICE-WN from October 1, 2014 to November 18, 2015. It focused on using radio dialogue to create platforms for community members and local leaders to discuss causes of conflicts and strengthen refugee welfare council members on peacebuilding and conflict management.

This is a one-year project that is building on the benefits of earlier interventions and the contributions of other actors working for peace in the Rhino camp.

This will be achieved through promoting awareness about peaceful conflict resolutions, participation of different ethnic groups in community activities, equipping leaders with the capacity to identify and manage conflicts, and supporting community advocacy efforts.