In 2016, Advance Afrika, together with Caritas Switzerland, received funding from the European Union to expand its social reintegration efforts of ex-prison inmates in northern Uganda. As a result, the Economic Empowerment and Social Reintegration of Youth Ex-Prisoners project, a three-year action implemented by Advance Afrika in partnership with the Uganda Prisons Service with funding from the European Union and Caritas Switzerland, was launched. The project focused on the social economic rehabilitation and reintegration of 1,200 youth prisoners in 28 prison units in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions in northern Uganda.
North Uganda is still recovering from a two decades-long civil war that ended in 2006. The consequences on infrastructure, education, development and so on will last for a long time. In addition, the country is facing high unemployment among youth and the population keeps growing at a very high rate, to the point that many speak about a “demographic bomb”. While countless people are struggling, a specific category of Ugandan is especially vulnerable to poverty, stigmatization and discrimination: young inmates. With an occupation rate higher than 300%1, Ugandan prisons are among the most crowded in the world. While the government is putting real effort towards rehabilitation, numerous challenges are likely to be faced by ex-inmates once released.
The Economic Empowerment and Social Reintegration of Youth Ex-prisoners (SREE) project is a three-year intervention implemented by Advance Afrika in partnership with Uganda Prisons Service (UPS) with support and funding from Caritas Switzerland and the European Union. The project focuses on the socio-economic rehabilitation and reintegration of 1,200 youth prisoners in 26 prison units in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions in northern Uganda. The project seeks to contribute to promoting economic development, good governance and the prevention of crime and social or political insecurity.
This study was commissioned by Advance Afrika with support and funding from ICCO and Edukans to assess the inclusivity, access and outreach of rural advisory services (RAS); the quality, relevance and delivery of the skills; and opportunities for privatepublic actors to increase the accessibility of RAS in Abim, Lira and Soroti districts. The study was conducted using a mixed methods approach based on a cross-sectional design. Data was collected from smallholder farmers, relevant district and sub-county officials and private RAS providers both from NGOs and private-for-profit organisations using questionnaires and interviews. (more…)
Advance Afrika was incorporated in Uganda in 2012 as a not-for-profit entity and later in 2016 registered as an indigenous Non-Governmental Organisation. Our aim is to contribute to a safe and free society that upholds the dignity of every person. We seek innovative approaches for creating sustainable sources of livelihood in order to foster resilience among vulnerable people and social justice in the region.
We work with vulnerable youth, including but not limited to prison inmates and ex-inmates whom we assist by supporting them with knowledge and skills to seek work, develop decent enterprises and/or expand their already existing businesses. At the same time, we promote relationships between citizens and authorities in order to improve reciprocal understanding and trust. Since 2012, Advance Afrika has skilled over 1200 prison inmates with entrepreneurial and life skills and supported some of them with start-up kits to establish small businesses.
This study was conducted between June and July 2017 in Abim, Lira and Soroti to assess the capacity and support available to farmers with special emphasis on the cassava, maize and millet value chains. The study also explored issues of quality, market potential and value-addition opportunities for the value chains. Data was collected through interviews with farmers, local government staff, produce buyers and consumers, NGOs supporting farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) officials and farmers’ networks. The study established that farming was the leading economic activity in the districts, dominated by maize, millet, cassava, groundnuts and beans which served as food as well as cash crops. These crops provided food supplies for households but also served as cash crops. (more…)