vision:

A just, developed, and economically prosperous society

MISSION:

The Foundation for Justice and Development works with children, youth, women and communities to promote justice, development and economic recovery in northern Uganda. FJDI seeks solutions to the long-term impacts of the conflict which ravaged northern Uganda by advocating for redress of human rights violations and atrocities committed during the conflict, implementation of sustainable development initiatives, and promotion of economic empowerment through livelihood programs. We believe in the concept of Holistic Justice grounded in the notion that judicial mechanisms of redress go hand in hand with development and economic empowerment of victims.

Objectives

a) To advocate for appropriate policies on democracy, governance, justice and development.
b) To promote social economic empowerment for vulnerable individuals, groups and communities in Uganda.
c) To conduct research on relevant justice and development issues crucial to national development and policy formulation.

Program Areas

To achieve the above vision and mission, FJDI implements programs in the following areas.

1. Democracy, Governance and Transitional Justice Program

Having been ravaged by over two decades of conflict, northern Uganda continues to make slow but steady recovery from the debilitating impacts of the conflict. Since 2008 when the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) relocated to the Central Africa Republic (CAR), the region has experienced sustained recovery characterized by the dismantling of internally displaced persons’ camps and re-emergence of old villages, restoration of basic social services, and economic revitalization. Albeit this progress, the impacts of the conflict are still visible in many communities which suffered numerous human rights violations during the conflict. Many conflict-survivors feel little has been done to build peace and promote reconciliation. These are indicators that more needs to be done to promote faster recovery of the region. Under this program therefore, FJDI implements the following initiatives;
  • Implementation of relevant transitional justice programs in conflict-affected communities.
  • Memorialization and documentation of conflict events and occurrences
  • Promotion of human rights, democracy and good governance 
  • Advocacy on behalf of conflict-affected communities to seek redress for atrocities committed during the conflict
  • Legal aid and advice for conflict-affected victims

2. Education, Livelihoods and Economic Empowerment Program

FJDI works to empower vulnerable and special interest groups such as children, youth and women. We achieve this through implementing educational, livelihoods and economic empowerment initiatives for these special interest groups. This program is grounded in the belief that education and increased literacy levels are integral to development, and provide the foundation for individuals to live a meaningful life. It is also grounded in the theory that livelihoods and economic empowerment are vital for ensuring improved standards of living and curbing vices such as alcoholism, crime, and domestic violence that plague our societies today. Under this program, we implement the following initiatives;
  • Youth skilling and livelihoods programs
  • Economic empowerment for vulnerable and special interest groups through supporting income generating activities
  • Promoting sustainable agricultural practices
  • Mitigating the impacts of climate change
  • Educational support for children
  • Climate change

3. Children, Youth, and Women’s Program

Children, youth and women continue to be the biggest victims of human rights abuses in post-conflict northern Uganda. They experience difficultly in meeting their health, educational and economic needs. FJDI therefore implements programs in this area with a special focus on children, women and youth as the most vulnerable categories.
  • Psychosocial support and recovery for children, youth and women affected by conflict
  • Redress of health related concerns for children, women and youth
  • Promotion of children, youth and women’s rights
  • Recovery for conflict-affected women, children and youth