OHCHR - Strengthening Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Uganda

Contract partner: OHCHR - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Switzerland Country: Uganda Funding amount: € 700.000,00 Project start: 01.12.2017 End: 30.09.2019

Short Description:

Overall goal

Promote and protect all human rights for all persons in Uganda

Expected results

Increased State compliance with international human rights standards and principles in the areas of human rights and development; combatting impunity and the rule of law and engagement with international human rights mechanisms. Strengthened capacity of rights holders to increasingly demand and claim their rights and to hold government accountable.

The project will contribute to the realization of 7 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-Being, 4. Quality Education, 5. Gender Equality, 10. Reduced Inequalities, 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and 17. Partnerships for the Goals.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The project will be implemented in various regions all over Uganda. The main partners and target groups of the one year project are state institutions (e.g. Uganda Police Force, the Uganda Human Rights Commission or the Ministry of Health), Civil Society and UN Agencies. The activities will target 2,559 employees of state institution, Civil Society Organisations and UN Agencies as direct beneficiaries. Indirect beneficiaries of the project are the population of Uganda.


The project purpose is to strengthen national capacities of government and relevant actors to promote and protect all human rights for all persons in Uganda through technical and advisory assistance taking the form of; capacity building on international human rights standards and principles, human rights trainings, awareness raising and sensitization, monitoring and advocacy on human rights situations and individual cases to assess state compliance with international human right obligations.


The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Uganda was established in 2005 through an Agreement between Uganda and OHCHR. Currently, OHCHR holds a mandate for the whole country on promotion and protection of human rights. Although, Uganda has ratified a number of the core international and regional human rights treaties/conventions, the government engagement with international human rights mechanisms remains weak. The progress in domesticating international human rights standards in domestic legal framework has slowed down. The delay in enactment of these bills into law coupled with poor enforcement of existing laws does not only reinforce gender inequalities but deprive women and girls from the enjoyment of all their human rights on an equal basis with men and boys.


project number 2820-00/2017
source of funding OEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modality Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.