Thursday, 3 April 2014


Since its establishment in 2008, The Independent Development Fund (IDF) has supported various kinds of Human Rights projects in different parts of the Country. As various reports indicate, each locality has specific human rights challenges, to which local organisations aim to respond to with specific targeted interventions. This is done either through human rights education, promotion for reforms in the judicial systems, or advocacy for ending human rights violations and practicing good governance approaches. IDF strives to assist the promotion of human rights taking into consideration Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI).

IDF also works through extending grants to local organizations that operate at the grassroots. This support in the form of grants and technical assistance, gives IDF the sense to believe that engagement between the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and administration at the Districts, and national levels, illustrate the thoughtful application of various approaches to empowerment and promotion of Good governance.

To date, IDF’s growth provides a good strategic foundation to pursue its ambition of being a highly efficient, transparent grant making institution for small and medium-sized organizations working on human rights and good governance issues at local level, and a grant manager of choice for funding partners aiming at enhancing protection, fulfillment and observance of human rights and good governance in Uganda.  Currently, IDF is funded by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) a multi-donor funding mechanism supported by Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union Delegation, whose aim is to strengthen democratisation, improve the protection of human rights, enhance access to justice, promote peaceful co-existence and improve accountability in Uganda..

The IDF vision is - “A vibrant indigenous grant-making institution contributing to the achievement of human rights, good governance, rule of law, local democracy and better quality of life” And the Mission is: “To enable indigenous CSOs access grants through an efficient grant making system”.