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Saturday, September 8, 2018


Every year, Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of Peace. 
Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.
The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” The selection of this theme is against the background that the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) does not include the right to peace as a separate Article. This non-inclusion, in face of intractable globalized and localized threats to peace calls for candid conversations on what the right to peace means to us, both in our local and shared settings.

In the context of Rwenzori region, threats to peace anchor on social, political and economic injustices linked to several interwoven factors including; the management, use of and access to land and other natural resources; governance deficits and the growing culture of political violence; cultural and political extremism in the context of cultural and political pluralism that characterizes the region; corruption and the diminishing culture of accountability and; inadequately tapped potential of women and youth to influence the peace agenda with their communities.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the Rwenzori region have a long tradition of celebrating a peace week preceding September 21st. In this tradition, CSOs value the uniqueness of the region and the need to domesticate and localize the international day of peace celebrations. In line with this year’s international theme, CSOs propose to pay special attention to inter-ethnic collaboration in the pursuit of peace and reconciliation.

During the peace week, CSOs seek to achieve the following objectives
  1.  To raise public awareness on social and cultural rights in the Rwenzori region. 
  2. To generate consensus on the respect for social and cultural rights in the Rwenzori region
  3. To amplify voices of youth and women using media and other spaces as avenues for engaging with key regional stakeholders on the pursuit of inter-ethnic dialogue and reconciliation.
  • Interactive and informative radio talk shows in the Rwenzori region
  • District-specific dialogues on matters pertaining to peace, governance, social accountability, land and natural resource management.
  • Dialogue meeting among  the  youth from Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (OBR), Basongora, Banyabindi, Obukama bwa Tooro Kingdom, Obundighiya bwa Bwamba (OBB), security agencies and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MOGLSD).
  • peace caravan in Ntoroko District
  •  youth sports for peace football competition
  •  Civil society fair
  • inter-school peace gala to kick start the civil society fair
  • District Peace marathon 2018
  • Public celebration of the international day of peace

  1.         At least 1000 members of the public aware of social and cultural rights.
  2.      Generated consensus on at least one aspect of respect for social and cultural rights.
  3.     . At least 5 spaces created for women and the youth to interface leaders on aspects of interethnic dialogue and reconciliation.
  4.     At least 30 CSOs able to showcase their works to the public on aspects of good governance, transparency and accountability.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ready to fend for ourselves after this training: conflict affected girls in Rwamwanja

Realizing the need to work together  with local CBOs to address needs of special interest groups especially conflict affect Girls affected by Conflict in Rwamwanja Settlement; RIC-NET signed partnership with Community Empowerment Agency-Kamwenge (CEA-Ka).

This partnership has seen in three years 45 (Forty five)  vulnerable / disabled  refuge girls acquire Vocational skills in areas of tailoring, computer skills, hairdressing and business management ; offered start up kits that led them to be self employed.

On 14th August 2018, RIC-NET graduated the last batch of  5 conflict affected girls completing the livelihood course, offered certificates and start up tools. this is the last batch because the funders Global fund for children (GFC) have shifted the budget to only those in schools and funding is phasing out in May 2019. 

In 2018/19, RIC-NET will continue supporting  35 conflict affected girls in schools   with psycho-social support, non school fees dues, scholastic and sanitary materials.
In 2018, the selected girls from Rwamwanja were as shown bellow.
Uwaase Elizabeth
Mahani 2
Youth out of school and SGBV Survivor.
Mapendo Lear Gakuru  baziyaka
Base camp  2

Youth out of School heading a family of three  young Siblings .
All parents dead. The children under her care are four in Number.
Uwiringiye  Perusi
Mahani 1

SGBV Survivor and has no source of Livelihood. School dropout. She was raped twice. Once by rebels in DRC and here by  fellow refugees. Takes care of four siblings under her care.
Jeanate Bahiyi.

Kaihora D

Single mother, survivor of SGBV .She has no source of livelihood. She has seven children. One is  a fostered child. She has a husband who was beaten severely and shot bullets and insane.
Providance  Nyirarukundo

Grew as an orphan, SGBV Survivor and has no source of livelihood. She is in charge of 6 children .The husband abandoned her and went to unknown place
Mujawimaana Elizabeth
Basecamp  1
Grown in Rwamwanja Settlement as unaccompanied child. Fostered as her all parents died in Congo war
Noela Samvura
Vulnerable youth at risk who grew under foster ship as her all parents died during the war.
All parents died and survivor of SGBV
Sara Muhire
School dropout, survivor of SGBV.
Penina Alliance
Nkoma A
Single mother, survivor of SGBV and has no source of livelihood.

The above undergone vocational skills training for 8 Months from August 2017 to End of April 2018. The training  covered  areas including  Business management ,reproductive health; communication, child feeding/ nutrition etc. This was to help them  effectively pass through the competitive world.

During the training continuous assessment both practical and theoretical was done on monthly basis to assess the level of the skills acquired and how they could put it to use. The best performing students were as shown below.

Jeanate Bahiyi. 85 95 75 255
Providance   Nyirarukundo 80 90 68 238
Penina  Alliance 70 85 70 225
Sara Muhire 60 85 70 215
Mapendo Lear  65 70 55 190

Saturday, August 4, 2018

PEACE WEEK 2018 "Talk Peace , Live Peace"

Bundibugyo youth celebrated the  PEACE WEEK 20I8  with climax on 4th august 2018 at Bundibugyo Boma Ground  under the them "Talk Peace , Live Peace"  Bundibugyo Students Association (BUSA) to lead in organizing the function with support from RIC-NET and other NGOs. The Peace week’s events involved, inter school debate, Peace marathon, tree planting and youth dialogue with district leaders. 

During the dialogue and debate that was held at RDC’s hall and library hall respectively, it was noted that Youth across still face major difficulties in the realms of access to quality education, employment, health and effective participation in decision-making processes. Poverty and social exclusion have led young people to migrate from rural to urban areas, in search of better opportunities and livelihoods. Evidence abounds to show that dissatisfied youth, unlike older persons, can be a socially destabilizing force, as witnessed by attacks on the army installations if Kanyamwirima

Hon Jane on the right
According the Hon Jane, the former Mp bundibugyo district, she noted that the Young people play as positive role in preventing and countering violent extremism, and conflicts if handled properly. 

The youth should exploit established special programmes aimed at generating employment through skills development and entrepreneurship. In order to realize full advantage of a bustling youth population and to ensure future prosperity, heavy investment is required in the fields of education, health and employment. Skills-based education is the most potent weapons against unemployment

Therefore, to be able to address issues of violence and build lasting peace it’s imperative that we focus on proactive measures that create inclusive and enabling environments for youth to be able to prosper and achieve their dreams and ambitions.
We should Promotes a culture of peace tolerance, intercultural and interreligious dialogue that involves all the peace actors and community.

The chairperson BUSA advised the gathering that “it is our generational responsibility to get involved and safeguard our future interests that are threatened by the effects of violent conflicts. Our numbers, dynamism and interconnectedness through the various social networks are our greatest assets in challenging violent conflicts.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

promote peaceful co-existence around the world

"The practice by Western powers to forcibly impose their ideas and choices on developing countries is a threat to world peace" said President Museveni said at the Global Peace Leadership Foundation conference in Munyonyo Kampala
Later he was  awarded the 2018 Global Peace Award in honour of his leading peace efforts and initiatives in the Great Lakes region and beyond .

This was at the three-day conference under the theme “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Sustainable Peace and Development,” which ended on 3rd August 2018  organised by US-based interfaith NGO, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF). The three days conference  attracted the participation of various heads of state, religious leaders, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, youth, innovators, women, community organisers, development partners, celebrities, teachers, policy makers, media, environmentalists and civil society organisations had far reaching impact on the advocacy for peace from United States, India, Nigeria, South Korea, Tanzania,  Kenya, Burundi, DRC Congo, Somalia and Uganda under the theme, “Moral and innovative leadership: new models for sustainable peace and development"RIC-NET was represented to the conference by the Executive Director M John Silco.

 President Yoweri Museveni, former President  Zanzibar Dr. Amani Abeid Karume, South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai , Burundian Vice President Gaston Sindimwo, Dr Hyun Jin Preston Moon- overall founder and Global President Global Peace Foundation , Mr Mukesh- chairperson of Global Peace Leadership Foundation , Dr Robert Anthony Schuller- American televangelist,  Dr. Augustine Mahiga-Tanzania’s Prime minister;  Mr. Eugene Wamalwa- Kenya’s Cabinet secretary for Devolution  made moving speeches at the conference on peace building. 

Mr Mukesh the proprietor of Shumuk Group  siad “The moral to do business across the globe relies entirely on the peace situation at hand, you simply cannot do business or attract investments to a volatile region, we all know this and those are some of the issues we shall be brain-storming on and sharing thoughts about in our business forum at the conference,among others”.
Dr Rugunda the Prime Minister of Uganda said a harmonious agreement on new models for sustainable peace and development from the conference deliberations is key to guaranteeing a safe and prosperous future for the region. “As you aware, amid great development potential, the Great Lakes region has for many decades been characterised by identity-based conflicts, violent extremism and a refugee crisis. I would like to thank the leaders in the region and international community for standing with us and supporting us in our quest to resolve these conflicts,” he added.
The GPF offered President Museveni a global peace leadership award for his “tireless contribution” to peace efforts both at home and in the region.


 The Global Peace Foundation, following yesterday’s deliberations, generated a six-point declaration detailing mechanisms for conflict resolution and sustainable peace. The declaration was signed by President Museveni, GPF’s chairman Dr Hyun Jin Moon and President Karume, and will feed into the subsequent summit due in South Korea next March.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Community Facilitators trained in Parenting for Respectability

The four community facilitators  from Karambi and Kitholhu sub counties were  among RWECO staff and community facilitators trained in parenting for respectability.  The selected CF performed excelently in the exercises given and will work under their respective CBOs using a tested module with 16 sessions, one facilitated after the other in systematic order . The proposed start date is from 22nd June 2018 depending on agreements members of CBOs.
List of Community Facilitators per sub-county per CBO:
Sebastian          Cabot

Model parents and St. Mark
Masika             Semerita

Asiimwe          Agnes

Bulemera Joint Farmers Association and Model parents
Bwambale        Nelson

The Community Facilitators together with the program and project staff will be administering poverty Assessment Tool to the households of those 20 CBO members selected as project beneficiaries; This is a  home to home  research tool determining their social economic levels for which at a later stage shall be monitored to check for progress as to be done before the sessions of Parenting for Respectability start.
Members of the CBOs are also to adopt Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILCs) as a new improved mode of saving which will be trained to them by the project officer as one way of improving their household incomes.
The selected CBOs’ as project’ beneficiaries  are: ST .MARK  women community development Association, Karambi model parents Association; Kitholhu  Model Parents Association, Bulemera Joint Farmers Association

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead- Take Note

Original version written by  By CURTIS KLOTZ | August 16, 2016
Most nonprofit leaders agree that we need a new way to communicate about the true costs of our programs and the vital importance of strong organizational infrastructure. But we have not yet developed a simple, consistent message when sharing our view with potential supporters and investors. We are stuck with old terms and old images.
The following series of images and descriptions is really a blog in pictures. How we visualize our understanding of nonprofit structure and programs shapes the overhead debate. It’s time to get graphic about our new ideas—to deploy fresh images to help educate the public, our funders, and ourselves.

It’s Time to Retire This Pie Chart

When nonprofits are viewed this way, no matter how hard we try to think differently, we imagine important infrastructure of our organization as taking a slice out of the pie—as diminishing the “real” work of our mission.
Strategic financial functions, good governance, and the development of key funding partnerships are vital to strong organizations. We need a new way to communicate this truth.

We Need a New Image

Rather than thinking of our investment in key infrastructure as diminishing our programs, it should be seen as valuable Core Mission Support.
Core Mission Support functions are necessary, vital, and integral.
  • Strong, strategic finance and accounting
  • Progressive human resources practices
  • Capable, responsive board governance
  • Talented and engaged development staff

Whole Organizations and True Program Costs

Each of our programs is built around, is supported by, and shares responsibility for Core Mission Support.
All of the resources we need to accomplish our programs are the True Program Costs, which include four types of expenses:
  • Direct Expenses: Program-Specific
  • Direct Expenses: Shared by Programs
  • Core Mission Support: Finance, HR, and Board
  • Core Mission Support: Fundraising & Partners

Underfunded Programs Create a Gap at the Core

Some programs are only partially funded by contributions or by earned revenue.
When a program is only partially funded, the expenses not covered include a proportionate share of the Core Mission Support. This creates a Gap in funding for the finance, human resources, governance, and fundraising infrastructure that support the entire organization.

Line-Item Funding Creates a Gap at the Core

Some funders limit their support to only the direct expenses of program.
When funders support only direct expenses, they deny funding for Core Mission Support. This leaves a Gap at the center of our organization. Not only is one program affected, but the health of the entire organization is at risk.

Invest in the Core to Grow the Mission

The growth and effectiveness of our mission work depend on having a solid core at the center of our organizations. Investing in our infrastructure is savvy, prudent, and absolutely necessary.

Go Visual With Our New Thinking

Once we have a new way of understanding and communicating about the Core Mission Support needed by our organizations, it is our job to share our thinking with others. Our funders, supporters and investors all want us to succeed. They are partners in accomplishing our mission work. But like us, they may need help reimagining the role strong infrastructure plays in amplifying program effectiveness. By providing a simple visual guide, we can help transform the way we talk about, picture, and ultimately fund the Core Mission Support that is at the center of all great nonprofits.