The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Uganda SAFE is a five-year Program (2012-2017). The Program is implemented by a consortium of three organizations; National Centre for State Courts (NCSC), Global Rights and Search for Common Ground.
The Program‘s overall objective is to enforce USAID-Uganda‘s Mission Development Objective 2 (democracy and governance systems strengthened and made more accountable), Intermediate Result 2.2 (enabling environment improved for service delivery) and 2.3 (peace building and conflict mitigation strengthened) by strengthening the Government of Uganda‘s (GoU) capacity in peace building and conflict mitigation.
The Program focuses on enhancing the capacity of local actors, and strengthening mechanisms for resolving and mitigating conflicts related to land, the discovery of oil, cultural and ethnic diversity, addressing residual effects of the Lord‘s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict in northern Uganda, and transforming emerging conflicts into peaceful outcomes.
SAFE Program provides technical assistance, training, grants and capacity building for Local Government structures, CSOs, CBOs and other non-state actors to mitigate land conflicts and prevent emerging conflicts.
It will work with District Land Boards (DLBs), Area Land Committees (ALCs), CSOs, CBOs and established traditional/community based dispute resolution mechanisms. Program activities will be coordinated with the GoU, USAID Uganda Mission and other development partner‘s activities.
In addition, Program implementation will seek to address crosscutting principles of gender, youth, population, anti-corruption, and oil production.
The Program has two (2) thematic focus areas, which aim to fulfill the following main objectives:
Enhanced Access to Justice
This component aims to improve access to justice, particularly by the poor and disadvantaged, to fair, effective and accountable mechanisms for the protection of rights and resolution of conflicts.
Component I therefore aims to improve access to justice by supporting local government institutions responsible for land administration and management, adjudication of land disputes, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms for customary land as measures to mitigate conflict.
Component I target districts include: Amuru, Arua, Buliisa, Gulu, Hoima, Jinja, Kibaale, Kiboga, Lira, Masaka, Masindi, Mbale, Mbabara, Mityana, Moroto, Mukono, Nebbi, Tororo, Soroti and Wakiso.
Enhanced Peace and Reconciliation
Component II aims to enhance peace and reconciliation processes towards reducing conflict and promoting peace gains. Through Component II, USAID-SAFE will facilitate the prevention and transformation of emerging conflicts by supporting and building the capacity of Ugandan CSOs to respond to emerging conflict dynamics.
The Program will work with existing networks within civil society, and local government to promote peace and reconciliation, foster social inclusion, and address the root causes of conflict.