HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY LINK AFRICA
Human Rights and Democracy Link Africa (RIDE -AFRICA) is a well-established NGO operating in Western Uganda. Founded in 1996, with a service delivery mission and a long-term commitment to the promotion and protection of the Rights of Vulnerable communities. RIDE-AFRICA has accumulated substantial experience in service delivery to the people and created numerous development programs based on community needs, which are more helpful in achieving sustainable and equitable socio-economic development. Over the years RIDE-AFRICA has accumulated experience in community development work, which has led to the identification of a new strategic direction that is currently being implemented, focused on the following programs; Human Rights, Governance, Gender, Sustainable Livelihood, Peace Building, Research and Advocacy.
RIDE-AFRICA have been active in ten (10) Districts of Western Uganda.
Kabarole, Fort Portal City, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Bunyangabu, Kasese, Kitagwenda, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo.
A society where men, women and children enjoy their rights.
To promote the respect and protection of rights of vulnerable communities in Uganda.
To provide life-saving assistance and support to vulnerable populations in Uganda.
Our Core Values
Service Above self
RIDE-AFRICA encourages individuals to actively engage in activities that contribute to the well-being and welfare of others. This takes various forms, such as time and skills, donating resources, advocating for causes, or initiating projects that address social, environmental, or humanitarian issues
RIDE-AFRICA ensures maintaining the privacy and security of sensitive data, personal records, or privileged information that has been shared in a professional or personal context. This includes information about individuals, organizations, clients, patients, or any other parties involved.
RIDE-AFRICA by leveraging the collective strengths of its members, a well-functioning team can achieve goals that might be beyond the capabilities of individuals working alone
RIDE-AFRICA realizes that voluntarism plays a significant role in addressing social, environmental, and humanitarian issues. It is driven by the desire to make a positive impact, contribute to the well-being of others, and create a better society.
RIDE-AFRICA provides and ensures a state of being equal, fair, and just, where all individuals(staff and beneficiaries) are treated impartially and have the same rights, opportunities, and protections under the law, regardless of their race, gender, religion, social class, or any other characteristic. It is a fundamental principle of justice and human rights that advocates for the elimination of discrimination, oppression, and prejudice.
RIDE-AFRICA believes in openness, and easiness understand and see clear and accessible information, processes, and decision-making that can be easily scrutinized, evaluated, and understood by others.Transparency contributes to accountability, trust, and informed decision-making.
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
RIDE-AFRICA’s THEMATIC AREAS
- Creating awareness creation on duties of citizens and duty bearers in service delivery process
- Building capacity of citizens to participate in the planning, budgeting, monitoring of service delivery.
- Building the capacity of citizens to hold duty bearers accountable
- Facilitating and organizing accountability platforms for citizens to interface with their leaders.
- Developing and strengthening organizational policies that are gender sensitive.
- Mainstreaming gender in organizational and program work.
- Ensuring equity and equality in access to resources and opportunities.
- Building the capacity of women and girls in gender mainstreaming.
- Referral and support the GBV survivors to access the required services
Human Rights Program
- Awareness creation on human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.
- Building the capacity of the grass root communities to demand and defend their rights.
- Referral, linkages and follow-ups.
- Supporting the target groups to amplify their voices on matters affecting them.
- Awareness creation on the drivers of conflict
- Facilitating the establishment of peace committees at district and sub county level
- Strengthening early warning and response mechanism
- Promoting peaceful coexistence in communities.
- Civic and Voter Education.
- Skilling youth, women and children.
- Economic strengthening for VSLA and parenting groups.
DIGITAL LITERACY AND SECURITY
OBJECTIVE OF DIGITAL LITERACY AND SECURITY; To achieve a safer digital environment for Human Rights Defenders in Uganda by increasing the capacity of the digital emergency response ecosystem to provide safety for Human Rights Defenders under attack by covering their digital privacy and digital security aspects including infrastructure security.
- Establish a secure communication channel with the victims.
- Investigating whether indeed an incident occurred.
- Determining the extent of the incident.
- Help to gather any extra forensic information needed.
- Identifying the best partner or skill set needed to address the incident.
- Determining the initial cause of the incident.
- Facilitating contact with other organizations that may be involved/affected.
- Providing human-readable information for the victims if needed.
- Composing announcements to civil society if applicable
RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY
- Influence policy at different levels.
- Generating evidence to inform programming and advocacy through baseline and needs assessment surveys.
Facilitate advocacy for improved service delivery in areas of health, education and agriculture.
- Conduct project and program evaluations
- Build stakeholders’ capacities in Research for development and M&E.
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