DGF I+ Democratic Governance Facility - EC Funds

Projektträger: Royal Danish Embassy - UgandaLand: Uganda Fördersumme: € 6.975.000,00Beginn: 01.01.2017Ende: 31.12.2017



The Democratic Governance Program (DGF) aims to improve accountable, responsive, rights-based governance in Uganda through effective citizen participation coupled with stronger institutions. This is achieved by promoting the rule of law, access to justice, accountability and transparency as well as peace and reconciliation.

Erwartete Ergebnisse

Results to be achieved include

- a citizenry that is better informed and equipped to claim its rights and participate in democratic processes,

- enhanced human rights understanding by rights holders and duty bearers with improved functioning of selected human rights institutions,

- access to legal aid services and other relevant services, and

- support provided to vulnerable population groups.

The program mainly contributes to SDG 16 (peace & justice, strong institutions), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 1 (eradication of poverty).


Target groups are Ugandan citizens who lack access to information, effective service delivery and access to justice. These are primarily people residing in rural areas, and in particular vulnerable groups such as destitute men and women, children and prisoners. As per the Workplan and Budget for the extension phase, the DGF I+ aims to reach about 258,900 direct beneficiaries through measures such as trainings and legal aid and about 8.5 million Ugandan citizens through civic education and awareness raising activities including the use of media.

During its extension phase from July 2016 to December 2017 (DGF I+), the program provides funding to 76 implementing partner organizations and is active in 107 out of Uganda’s 112 districts, effectively covering most of the country. 81% of the DGF’s total financial commitments are allocated to Ugandan civil society organizations, 3% to international NGOs and 16% to state institutions. DGF is therefore a major funding facility for civil society addressing governance issues in Uganda.


The DGF addresses governance challenges through three separate but interlinked programme components:

(i) Deepening Democracy,

(ii) Rights, Justice and Peace, and

(iii) Voice and Accountability.

Cross-cutting policy concerns like gender equality are mainstreamed within the DGF, which also addresses thematic issues such as land rights, conflict prevention and the involvement of young women and men in governance processes.

Training measures on issues such as investigative reporting, human rights or advocacy for better service delivery by government target journalists, the youth, duty bearers (police and prison personnel) and local civil society organizations who in turn work with grassroots communities. Awareness raising activities on civic education and human rights aim to reach the broader public, e.g. trough community “barrazas” (meetings) in rural communities or radio programs. Service provision such as legal aid or measures on transitional justice target the most vulnerable groups.


The Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) is a basket fund supported by eight Development Partners (Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, EU)) and managed by a Programme Management Unit that has been addressing specific governance deficits in Uganda from July 2011 to June 2016. The programme was extended for 18 months until December 2017 (Extension Phase, DGF I+). The EU delegated the management of its un-earmarked funding contribution for DGFI+ for 2017 to the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). This funding will complement ADC’s bilateral contribution to component 2 on 'Rights, Justice and Peace' of the DGF. ADA will ensure the political, technical and financial oversight of the management of the EU funds, participate in monitoring visits and in Steering Committee and Board Meetings and implement visibility measures such as the production of videos highlighting the examples of the work of DGF partner organizations.

Sektor Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
ModalitätBasket funds/pooled funding
Marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 1
  • Marker: kennzeichnet und bewertet die entwicklungspolitische Zielsetzung eines Projektes auf Gendergleichstellung, Reproduktive Gesundheit, Umweltschutz, Demokratieförderung, Armutsorientierung, Entwicklung des Handels sowie auf die Erfüllung der Klima- Biodiversitäts- und Wüstenkonventionen.
    • 1= das entwicklungspolitische Ziel ist in das Projekt integriert
    • 2= das entwicklungspolitsche Ziel ist der spezifische Inhalt des Projekts
  • Mittelherkunft: Die ADA setzt in Projekten und Programmen Mittel der Österreichischen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (OEZA) sowie anderer Finanzierungsquellen um.
    • AKF - Auslandskatastrophenfonds der Österreichischen Bundesregierung
    • BMLFUW - Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
    • EU - Mittel der Europäischen Kommission
    • Andere Geber - Diverse Finanzquellen, die dem jährlichen Geschäftsbericht der ADA im Detail zu entnehmen sind.
  • Modalität: definiert die Art der Hilfe (z.B: Sektorbudgethilfe, Kernbeiträge an multilaterale Institutionen, Projekthilfe, Technische Assistenz (personelle Hilfe), Bildungsarbeit im Inland, etc.)
  • Sektor: bezeichnet den wirtschaftlichen oder sozialen Sektor des Partnerlandes, welcher mit dem Projekt/Programm unterstützt wird.
  • Tied/Untied: Ungebundene (untied) Hilfe ermöglicht dem Projektpartner im Entwicklungsland - unter Befolgung der lokalen Beschaffungsregeln - freie Entscheidung über die Herkunftsländer im Zuge der Beschaffung von Dienstleistungen und Waren. Gebundene (tied) Hilfe verknüpft die Hilfsleistung auf die Beschaffung aus dem Geberland oder aus einem eingeschränkten Kreis von Ländern.