1. Strengthening Conflict Prevention and Transformation Mechanisms Project
This project started in March, 2014 and ended in June 2016. It was then extended from July, 2016 for more 18 months. Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice (RFPJ) and Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) are implementing this project with support from the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF). The project covers five districts of Kasese, Kyenjojo, Kabarole Bundibugyo and Ntoroko. In the extended phase, the project seeks to;
- To carry out mass awareness raising on; the culture of tolerance, co-existence, non-violence, land, and the law governing land among 80,000 rural households (560,000 people) in the Rwenzori region by 2017.
- To facilitate and strengthen the capacity of 5-10 policy advocacy platforms that seek to address the cause of land conflict, conflicts related to Natural Resources Management, and Women and Youth affairs in the Rwenzori region by 2017.
- To strengthen the conflict resolution capacity and entrepreneurship skills of 500 July 5th ex-combatants and 500 schools out of school youth to resolve conflicts in their communities by 2017.
- To strengthen the capacity of 15 Alternative dispute resolution structures (Bakhulubabulambo, Elders, RDCs, and Peace actors, School council and Prefects body) to resolve conflicts in schools and communities and gender mainstreaming in Rwenzori region by 2017.
- To facilitate timely reporting on and response to conflicts in the Rwenzori region by 2017.
2.Women and Youth in Governance and Development Project
In February 2015, Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice (RFPJ) with support from Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF) in partnership with National Democratic Institute (NDI) embarked on a one year Women and Youth in Governance and Development Project. The project covered the two districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge of Rwenzori region funded by the United States Agency for International Development through the Political Competition and Consensus Building Program.
As a key output, RFPJ developed one governance and development agenda for women and another for the youth in Kabarole and Kamwenge Districts for the period 2016-2021. These agendas act as advocacy documents that RFPJ and other actors interested in and committed to the cause of women and the youth continue to use to further the cause of women and the youth in governance and development.
The women agenda aggregates needs and interests of women under four pillars namely; 1) leadership and governance; 2) service delivery that included health, education and agriculture; 3) budgeting and budgeting processes and; 4) peace and human rights. The youth agenda aggregates needs and interests of the youth under six sections namely; 1) Governance and Leadership; 2) Youth and Health; 3) Youth and Education; 4) Youth and Development; 5) Youth in budgeting and budgeting processes and; 6) Youth, Peace and Human Rights.
Each pillar of the women agenda and section of the youth agenda makes specific contextual analysis and proposes short-term and long-term desired changes in furthering needs and interests of women and the youth.
3. The Youth, Peace and Development
Since 2014, Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice (RFPJ) and International Alert have been collaboratively undertaking a number of initiatives to bolster the positive role of youth in violence prevention and peace building. So far, the collaboration has resulted into the development and launching of, ” The Violence Prevention and Peace building Agenda for the Youth in Rwenzori region-2015-2018.” The agenda identifies key youth peacebuilding and violence prevention issues and proposes strategies for furthering the role of the youth in violence prevention and peacebuilding in the violence and conflict-prone Rwenzori region.
4. Research on Women and Peace building
Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice (RFPJ) is a peace building and violence prevention organization in the Rwenzori region. As one way of contributing to gender justice in violence prevention and peace building work and harnessing the potential of women as contributors to peace and nonviolence, RFPJ is currently undertaking a study on “The contribution of women in violence prevention and peace building in the Rwenzori region.” This study is delimited to government, traditional and religious structures focusing on their violence prevention and peace building mandates.