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Country Programme of Uganda

Caritas Switzerland has been engaged in Uganda since 1994. Its program targets vulnerable groups, namely youth (adolescent mothers, vulnerable girls, and young prisoners), women and extremely poor community members, with a regional focus particularly but not exclusively on the greater north of Uganda, which is still recovering from decades of civil war. Caritas Switzerland plans and implements its interventions together with local partner organizations, and promotes the use of holistic approaches to find sustainable solutions to today’ multifaceted challenges of the Ugandan society. In its 2017-2020 strategy Caritas Switzerland concentrates its efforts on the thematic fields of Education and Income, Food Security and Markets and Migration.


Education and Income
Caritas Switzerland’s intervention in the field of education aims at the socio-economic (re)integration of vulnerable youth and namely youth prisoners and teenage-mothers so as to promote social justice, economic development, good governance, and the prevention of rights abuses, crime and social or political unrest. Key elements/ objectives include: development of entrepreneurship and life skills; establishment of learning and mentorship mechanisms to accompany target youth in the development and implementation of small businesses; access to secondary education and vocational training; provision of start-up kits to launch small businesses; improved reintegration into communities; promotion of income generating activities, small savings and credits among particularly poor families; sensitization and advocacy. Implementation is managed by currently two local NGOs who are pursuing a multi-actor approach through engagement of communities, government, and civil society as well as the academic and private sectors.

Food Security and Markets
In view of increasing land conflicts and, linked herewith, growing marginalization of vulnerable groups and hence food insecurity, the strengthening and/or revival of formal and informal management mechanisms in the area of land tenure and property rights is key. In response, and focusing on communities and particularly women, Caritas Switzerland, together with two local partners, has embarked on improving knowledge on land rights, strengthening capacities of clan authorities and grassroot-leaders to fulfill their roles and responsibilities as regards to land administration, and of religious leaders by enhancing their skills in resolving and reconciling land-related disputes in accordance to their widely accepted role within communities. 

A third focus, yet integrating the above thematic areas, will be on Migration, because Uganda, as part of one of the most volatile regions in Africa, has been in the crosshairs of migratory movements for decades. A power crisis has erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 and developed into an armed conflict, which has spread to numerous states of the country. Since, more than 2.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Many of them have been seeking refuge in neighboring countries, including Uganda. Against this background, Caritas Switzerland plans to develop an assistance project benefitting both the refugees and host communities, and concentrating on the key settlement areas, i.e. West Nile.




  • Advancing Youth Entrepreneurship (AYE)
  • Economic Empowerment and Social Reintegration of Youth Ex-prisoners in Acholi and Lango Sub-regions, Northern Uganda (SREE)
  • Community Land Advocacy and Management Project (LAMP)
  • Socio-economic reintegration of young mothers and vulnerable girls in post conflict Nwoya District 

Country Key Facts

Continent: Africa
Capital City: Kampala
Area: 241,038 km2
Population: 39,032,000
24% of female teenagers have children (UBOS, 2013)
70% of prison inmates are youth (AYINET, 2016)
Average real monthly income in Northern Uganda is below 40 USD (UBOS, 2013)

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