Strategic Directions 2015-2019

Strategic Directions 2015-2019
  1. Promoting sustainable livelihoods at household level and adapt to climate change

The degradation of the natural resources has in turn led to prolonged dry spells/droughts, increasing temperature, sporadic rain seasons and increasing pressure on existing natural resources such as woodlots, forests and to certain extent extinction of some plant and animal species. Caritas Uganda recognizes that nature and people have already experienced significant impacts from the changing climate and that this trend will continue far into the future. It is important that our programmes contribute towards positive change in households’ livelihoods, take into account climate change impacts as well as the communities that depend on ecosystem services.

Under this specific objective, the aim is to empower the households to improve their livelihoods paying particular attention to: increasing households’ income, food and nutrition, access and consumption of safe and clean water, improving financial services and adapt to climate change. This will be done by engaging the families in increased food production and value addition, increase access to agricultural credit as well as improve hygiene and sanitation amidst protecting the natural resources.

Expected outcomes

  1. Improvement in the households’ food security and incomes.

  2. Better use natural resources and adoption of renewable energy sources.

  3. Increased access to water for domestic use and agricultural production.

  4. Increased farmers’ access to agricultural credit.

  5. Advocacy for improved access to productive for women and other disadvantaged groups.

  1. Contribute to reduced vulnerabilities and enhanced resilience of communities in Uganda to disasters

Amidst the effects of climate change, Ugandans are also challenged by low levels of awareness in relation to climate change, inadequate resources and funding towards implementation of developmental programmes on disaster management, lack of and/ or unaffordability of alternative energy sources, inadequate institutional and manpower capacity in meteorology and other issues related to climate monitoring. Adaptation to climate change effects is therefore very important to Uganda. Under this specific objective, the aim is to reduce vulnerabilities and enhance resilience of communities in Uganda to disasters.

Expected outcomes

  1. Improved capacity for disaster risk management at national and diocesan levels,
  2. Strong networks built with the Office of the Prime Ministers and other agencies working in the area of disaster and risk management,
  3. Community assets on DRR that are better managed.
  4. Relief equipment and services delivered to those encountering disasters,
  1. Strengthen the church and communities to engage in promoting economic and social accountability for National development

Uganda as a country continues to encounter challenges on many socio- economic issues/ challenge that are undermining its peaceful, equitable and sustainable development. Some of these include abject poverty characterized by widening inequality based on sex, region, income and age among others), conflicts, political uncertainty, wavering level of nationalism/values and call for spiritual reflection and devotion in order to bring about positive transformation.

Under this strategic objective, the aim is to strengthen the Church to play a strategic key role in National transformation including amplifying citizen’s voices and collective action in promoting economic and social accountability in Uganda.

Expected outcomes

  1. A Church that is a key player in national development.

  2. Increased citizens’ access to public information and voice on service delivery.

  3. Momentum built for citizen’s collective action in promoting social and economic accountability.

  4. Capacity of citizens and community based organizations build on social and economic accountability approaches.

  5. Meaningful participation of women and men, girls and boys in promoting social and economic accountability.

  6. Promote institutional development and sustainability.

The implementation of this strategic plan requires effective and efficient management of the processes. Caritas Uganda will require skilled personnel at all levels and adequate financial resources to deliver the set objectives. It is therefore essential that the skills and experiences of the staff and other stakeholders are strengthened and equipped to meet the emerging challenges and social- economic operating environment. Under this specific objective, the aim is to strengthen the capacity of Caritas Uganda –staff and other stakeholders to effectively implement this strategic plan, consolidate its previous achievements as well as strategically position Caritas Uganda to influence the national development priorities, as well as voice its concerns at the international level.

Expected outcomes

  1. Adequate resources are mobilized for the implementation of the Plan.

  2. The Strategic Plan is implemented, monitored and evaluated in a coordinated and multi-stakeholder manner.

Cross cutting – Mainstreaming equal opportunities for all in Caritas Uganda programme intervention

Although Uganda is a signatory to several international, regional instruments on equal opportunities and had put in place several laws on promoting women and girls’ human rights including the 1995 Constitution, it is important to note that there are wide inequalities between women and men, girls and boys. For instance women and men are not equally accessing, participating owning and controlling natural resource management, leave alone benefiting from the development programmes. Caritas Uganda will take deliberate and targeted interventions- programmes, projects and actions that are aimed at promoting equal opportunities and women’s empowerment.

Uganda is experiencing climate change associated challenges such as floods, landslides and prolonged droughts among others that are impacting negatively on the lives of Ugandans especially the poor. Caritas Uganda will educate communities on climate change as well as support interventions aimed at protecting and conserving natural resources especially forests. Besides climate change, Uganda’s past has been characterized by internal conflicts due to poor governance, inter- cultural and resources related conflicts. Peace building interventions will also form an important part of Caritas Uganda strategic plan.

Strategic interventions

  1. Promote the delivery of women and girls’ human rights especially access and control over productive resources and opportunities.

  2. Support women’s participation in leadership and democratic processes.

  3. Promote safe homes and communities through eliminating domestic violence.

  4. Reduce conflicts through conflict sensitive and peace building programme delivery

  5. Promote hygiene and sanitation in homes and communities.

Expected outcomes

  1. Improved women’s access to and control over productive resources.

  2. Increase in the number of women taking up leadership positions.

  3. Safer homes and communities.