Youth Social Work Association (YSA) is a Ugandan non-governmental organization legally registered with Ugandan National NGO board. The organization was formed in 2005 to promote the welfare of children and youth in Uganda. Since its establishment, YSA has worked with various international and national non-governmental organizations and with central and local governments.
YSA’s vision is a society that protects and values children. Its mission is to provide capacity building, psycho-social, and material support to young people both individually and in groups.
To realize its mandate, YSA uses a unique approach of TWIGA (a Swahili word for giraffe), which stands for tolerant, Working in Partnerships, Innovative, Global and Accountable. This is a peer group approach that generates a multiplier effect by replicating the best practices and lessons learned through the method to a larger number of youths. This approach is incorporated in the day to day operations of YSA and also into interactions with all stakeholders.
PROJECT WITH USAID-SAFE
YSA in partnership with USAID-SAFE is implementing a project called “Promoting Peaceful Resolution of Land Conflicts in Kitgum and Lamwo Districts- Northern Uganda- (PRL) Project”. This project intends to increase community awareness on land right laws and policies while strengthening the capacity of informal land structures to peacefully resolve cases of land conflicts in targeted sub counties which will enable peace and reconciliation in the Acholi sub region. The project will be implemented in 7 sub counties in the Kitgum and Lamwo districts that currently experience high levels of cases concerning land conflicts and where female ex-combatants, widows, children born in captivity, and former child soldiers are the major victims of those conflicts. The project will specifically work with Youth Peace Committees as entry points to communities with land conflicts and intervene as agents of change.
The project will build local capacities for land conflict management and enhance local processes for community reconciliation. This will enable vulnerable groups like widows, female ex-combatants, children born under captivity, and former child soldiers to have access to and ownership of land through peaceful means thus contributing to SAFE’s program component 2 (peace and reconciliation) and outcome 1 of “peaceful and sustainable strategies to deal with management of land conflicts by building capacities of local authorities, traditional structures and civil society”.