RYVU will be working in partnership with a fantastic group of local organisations in Uganda, who work closely with refugee, youth and volunteer communities across each of the settlements where the research for the project will be conducted.
YARID – Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) is a registered NGO based in Kampala, founded in 2007 by young Congolese refugees living in Uganda. YARID unites urban refugees through avenues like sports, English classes, and vocational skills training in order to address social issues like ethnic conflicts, unemployment, public health, and lack of access to education. Refugees that YARID serves mainly come from the Great Lakes Region: Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. The mission of YARID is to empower refugees, orphans and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) around Africa to overcome the burdens of deprivation and vulnerability to become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society.
ACORD – The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development – Uganda (ACORD-U) is a Ugandan National Non-Governmental Organisation that has worked in Uganda since 1979 as a local branch of ACORD International. ACORD-U is now registered as a Ugandan Non-Governmental Organisation with headquarters in Nsambya-Kampala and several other offices across the Country. ACORD-U aspires to contribute towards Uganda’s Development and Humanitarian Responses for Vulnerable Communities in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas.
The FRC – The Finnish Refugee Council (FRC) is an international non-governmental organisation with no political or religious affiliations. FRC advocates for the rights of refugees, displaced populations and migrants, and supports their empowerment, self-reliance and resilience. In Uganda FRC has been doing this since 1997, focusing on adult education, livelihood training and refugee civil society support.
AFARD – The Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD) is a registered local, not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organization (No. S.5914/3753). Formed in 2000, its vision is “a prosperous, healthy and informed people of West Nile region.” Currently, AFARD works in building resilient livelihoods for both refugees and host communities in West Nile region.
UYDEL – Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) based in Kampala, Uganda aims at enhancing the socioeconomic transformation of disadvantaged young people (aged 10-25 years) through skills development for self-reliance. UYDEL has built a niche in the area of livelihood skills empowerment, psychosocial support and creating linkages for slum youth to access decent work and or find self- employment. Through our work with vulnerable populations and research efforts with several universities, we are trained in trauma-informed service provision and data collection.
JRS – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), founded in 1980, is an international catholic humanitarian organization, with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS has a priority to work wherever the needs of displaced people are urgent and unattended by others, and offers a human service to refugees and the communities through a wide range of rehabilitation and relief activities most of which centre around formal and informal education needs.
URCS – The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading humanitarian organization in Uganda. Since its inception in 1939 as a small women’s emergency organization, URCS has developed over the years into a formidable well-respected humanitarian agency. In 1941, it became a branch of the British Red Cross. The URCS was recognised by an “Act of Parliament in 1964” and admitted as a member of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1965. The National Society has over 350,000 registered members with one and half million beneficiaries of its interventions. URCS works through 51 Branch Offices covering the whole of Uganda.