In our advocacy activities we partner with other organizations to mobilize and empower local communities. We offer a platform where citizens are able to raise pertinent issues that affect their local communities and actively engage in generating solutions and hold authorities accountable.
We conduct research to generate information for evidence based advocacy to engage government in the formulation, review and implementation of policies and programs in favor of marginalized groups like women, children, internally displaced persons and persons with disabilities.
We partner with organizations to implement projects that address community challenges and make a difference in the lives of the people. Reflection meetings between the implementing organizations are organized for peer review and to come up with collective actions and voice.
We advocate for a conducive environment for civil society to operate. This amplifies voices from the grassroots through the media, publications, The Link Agency EA website and networks at the national, regional and international levels. Under advocacy we aim at building an empowered, courageous and vibrant citizenry that demands for a country that is democratic, accountable and with efficient institutions that serve its people. We are a member of the Uganda PPDA-CSO-PDE network that fosters strengthening non state actors in participation of public procurement for increased social accountability and further mutual learning, sharing of best practices and documentation of experiences.
Under our advocacy programs, we venture into the following;
Governance and Human Rights
The Governance and Human Rights Program advocates for a democracy that serves all citizens of Uganda; promotes respect of human rights and calls for adherence to Constitutionalism.
The program has the following objectives:
To promote civic and voter education among Ugandan citizens in order to actively participate in democratic governance at all levels.
To empower citizens to demand for the respect of their human rights as stated in the Uganda Constitution and International Conventions.
To promote quality service delivery and accountability at local and central government levels in the sectors of Education, Health and Agriculture.
To advocate for a favorable operating environment for civil society organizations in Uganda.
To promote women’s participation in local and national politics and build their capacity in transformative leadership.
The Sustainable Livelihoods Program aims at supporting local communities with skills and knowledge on climate change adaptation, resilience, disaster risk reduction and economic empowerment. Natural resources are at particular risk from land development leading to habitat destruction, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, pollution, competition from non-native species and the effects of climate change.
Public benefits include enhanced natural resources that help sustain agricultural productivity and environmental quality while supporting continued economic development, recreation, and scenic beauty.However, many treasured natural and otherwise poorly conserved ecosystems fall on land that is either government or privately owned where they are unsustainably utilized for both public use and private use. In addition, natural resource use and exploitation has a big bearing on Uganda’s social economic development.
In order to harness benefits from natural resources for the current and future generations, oil and gas activities, mining, fishing and forestry must be done whilst taking into account the need to protect the environment.
The program has the following objectives:
To building the capacity of local communities to adapt to climate change through awareness campaigns, piloting of adaptation actions, and strengthening public private
To strengthen the resilience of local communities and build capacity for disaster risk reduction.
To mobilize local communities to protect the environment, utilize and preserve natural resources for the benefit of national development and for posterity.
To analyze the impact of agricultural policies and programs on local populations in order to make proposals for reform and food security in favor of the poor.
To promote women’s economic empowerment programs and support youth groups with innovative entrepreneurship initiatives.
Strengthening Civil Society Organizations
We are committed to institutional strengthening of the wider Civil Society by providing technical support in the development of Policies, Programs and Processes. Support in organizational development is provided to develop Strategic Plans, Finance Policies, Human Resource Policies, Gender Policies, Monitoring & Evaluation Frameworks, among others. In additions, skills and knowledge are shared in Communication, Networking, Advocacy, and Proposal Writing & Resource Mobilization. The program has the following objectives:
To build the capacity of Civil Society Organizations in Organizational Development.
To create a platform where CSOs exchange ideas and information to promote the development of Uganda.
To support communication, information sharing and co-operation between indigenous voluntary associations, government, development partners and the international community on Uganda’s development.
To strengthen The Link Agency EA’s strategic and operational management for an efficient organization that effectively delivers its mandate.
We work in partnerships with other civil society organizations to support non-statutory community initiatives which promote environmental conservation.
We provide information about natural resources and their management in all our operational areas. We work with local communities, government institutions like the Judiciary, security agencies, Local Governments, individuals, civil society and private sector.
This is done through our numerous activities to encourage public participation in the sustainable management, protection of the environment and good governance of natural resources in Uganda.