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The Embassy of Ireland, on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland, funds a number of scholarships for study at Masters level in Ireland.

The focus of the scholarship is to attract dynamic candidates who have leadership potential and are able to drive change in their countries.  

The Fellowship targets early career to mid-career professionals for courses that are relevant to the work of the Embassy and to the development goals of the government of Uganda.

The application process consists of three stages i.e. Stage 1- Preliminary Application, Stage 2-Detailed Application and Stage 3-Interviews.

Applicants should go to the Irish Aid Fellowship website at www.irishaidfellowships.ie where they will find the stage 1 application form.

The closing date for receipt of Stage 1 applications and accompanying documents is 13th September 2020. 

Careful attention should be given to the eligibility criteria set out in the guidelines available on https://www.irishaidfellowships.ie/strands/ireland-africa-fellows-programme. The 2021 Directory with eligible Postgraduate Programmes is also available on the Irish Aid Fellowships website at https://www.irishaidfellowships.ie/strands/fellowship-training-programme.

Applicants can choose from ALL COURSES in the Directory.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted to apply to the second stage of the process.

Applications must be typed and be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

In memory of Irish priest Fr Declan O’Toole, who died in Karamoja in 2002, the Embassy is offering an additional two scholarships to candidates from Karamoja ONLY for study at Masters Level in Uganda. 

Details on the Fr. Declan O’Toole Fellowship are on the Embassy of Ireland website https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/uganda/our-services/opportunities-to-study/ 

 

 

 

Published: September 3, 2020

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The European Union and its Member States are working to contain the spread of the coronavirus both in Europe and beyond. Our joint priority is to save lives, heal the sick, protect the vulnerable, and strengthen research, support health systems and economies. To help Uganda address both the health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its longer-term socio-economic impacts, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Uganda is re-focussing its existing cooperation and mobilizing additional funding.

The EU will disburse a total grant amount of EUR 30 million (around UGX 120 billion) to Uganda’s National Treasury. This sum will be made available by urgently speeding up budget support disbursements due later this year. Part of this amount will be directed to support the short-term response of the Ministry of Health to the pandemic.

 

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 Editor's noteThe European Union is a member of the JLOS Development Partners Group.

 

Published: April 15, 2020

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The Swedish government has pledged to build the capacity of female Police officers to effectively respond to sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) cases in Uganda. The Swedish envoy to Uganda, Per Lindgarde, revealed that his government would train local security forces on how to address and investigate GBV cases and retool the forensic department of Police to ably handle the cases.“We need to provide the officers with the tools and skills to conduct the necessary interviews in order to investigate GBV-related crimes. A good investigation must be rapid, orderly, critical, comprehensive and objective,’ Lindgarde said.

The envoy also pledged continued support to the justice sector in terms of capacity building.‘This will focus on the entire justice chain in terms of investigation, prosecuting and adjusting GBV cases in a gender responsive, victim-centered and trauma-informed manner,’ he noted. Lindgarde said this would not only enable survivors access justice but also end impunity.

The envoy made the remarks during the launch of the Uganda Police Force caravan to end violence against men, women and girls at Railway Grounds in Kampala yesterday.

The two-week gender-based caravan across the country is part of the 16 days of activism against GBV. During the campaign, data will also be collected on how best t handle these cases.

The first caravan will move through Kampala, Mubende, Hoima, Masindi and Gulu districts. The second will cover areas of Kampala, Mukono, Jinja, Iganga, Tororo and Kamuli.

Clad in white and khaki uniforms, Police officers led by female officers, marched through Kampala city center raising awareness and advocating the end of GBV against women, girls and men.

Lindgarde said human rights and access to justice for women and girls is at the core of Sweden’s investment in Uganda.

He said Sweden recognizes the gains the Police have made in strengthening its gender responsiveness. These, he said include developing the gender policy, strategy and training female officers to better positions.

“We call upon the Police to use the standard operating procedures for management of GBV and cases of violence against children to enhance accountability of officers once they are implemented,” Lindgarde explained.

He said the caravan and border awareness creation on GBV is critical in ensuring that dialogue is held with communities with the aim of genuine engagement and accountability.

‘This activity plays a complementary role to civil society organizations, who are providing women with information on their rights and how to strengthen the linkages for integrated GBV strategies,’ Lindgarde said.

UN Women country representative Maxime Houinato pledged continued support to the Police through capacity building of investigation officers handling GBV-related offences.

“We acknowledge the commendable work of the force in investigation cases despite teu challenges of inadequate resources, both human and financial,” he said.

The Police crime report of 2018 revealed that 17,521 sex-related crimes were registered, out of which 6,454 cases were taken to court. Of these, 920 cases secured convictions, 50 cases were acquitted, 473 cases were dismissed, while 5,011 cases were still pending in court.

The report also showed that 17,682 persons were victims of sex related crimes, out of whom 15,469 were female juveniles, 277 male juveniles, 1,849 female adults and 87 male audits.

Police commitment

The Police director of research, planning and development, Edward Ochom, said the Force is committed to co-operating with civilian agencies protecting life and property, detecting and preventing crime.

“The Police will continue to intensify their efforts in the fight against GBV and violence against women and girls,” Ochom said.

 

Article by Andrew Ssenyonga / published in the New Vision, November 27 2019 

 

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KAMPALA - Amb. Atilio Pacifici  - Head of delegation of the European Union to Uganda and Chairperson of the JLOS Development Partners Group delivered remarks to participants at the 24th Annual JLOS Review on 12th November 2019. 

 

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Published: November 12, 2019

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KAMPALA —Uganda has officially joined the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) an Intergovernmental Organization dedicated to the promotion of the rule of law as its 37th Member Party on October 4, 2019.

This was after the Ambassador of Uganda to Italy, H.E. Elizabeth Napeyok deposited the instrument of accession at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome.

Speaking on behalf of the government of Uganda, during a meeting with the Director-General ahead of the accession, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, reiterated that Uganda’s decision to become a Member Party of IDLO is principally based on similar pursuits, objectives and aspirations to promote justice and development.”

 

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Published: October 7, 2019

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KAMPALA - Development partners and the top leadership of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) in Uganda have held a high-level policy dialogue to discuss the developments and challenges in delivering justice and rule of law in the country.

The head of the European Union (EU) delegation to Uganda, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, chair of the Development Partners Group (DPG) of JLOS hosted the policy dialogue at his residence in Kololo under the auspices of the JLOS Leadership Dinner.

JLOS top leadership present included Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Justice Minister Maj. Gen (rtd) Kahinda Otafiire, Attorney General William Byaruhanga and previous DPG chair Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda, Henk Jan Bakker.

Although it was a closed-door meeting, New Vision has learnt that the JLOS development partners and top leadership exchanged views on topical issues on the rule of law and delivery of justice in Uganda.

 

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Published: August 3, 2019

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The Embassy of Ireland has announced Irish Aid Fellowship Training Program (IAFTP) opportunities for 2019/2020. The IFTP funds a number of scholarships for study at Masters Level in the Republic of Ireland offered in Irish universities. Justice, Law and Order Sector member institutions are beneficiaries of the IFTP with special consideration given to applicants working in disadvantaged regions. Females are highly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, 30th November 2018 at 17.00.

For more information on the 2019/2020 IAFTP (application guidelines, the application form and directory of eligible post graduate programs), visit: https://www.irishaidfellowships.ie/strands/fellowship-training-programme.

 

Published: 8th November 2018

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The JLOS Development Partner Group and members of the JLOS sector carried out a monitoring visit to Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court to discuss issues critical to case backlog management as part of the broader implementation of the Fourth Sector Development Plan (SDPIV). The visit focused on engaging judicial officers and other stakeholders on case backlog management. The first part comprised of a dialogue with judicial officers to discuss issues pertaining to case management and adjudication. The main objective of the monitoring visit which is part of the sector reporting on implementation of the strategic plan was meant to contribute to implementation of the sector case backlog strategy, improve case disposal outcomes, share challenges, best practices and opportunities for improvement. 

In the afternoon the team engaged in a multi stakeholder Focused Group Discussion on the same subject. Invited participants included representatives from the front line JLOS institutions Planning unit of Uganda Police Force, Corrections directorate of the UPS, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Inspectorate of Courts, representatives from the Judiciary and Uganda Prisons, Justice Centres, Paralegal Advisory Services, legal aid service providers network, Director Government Analytical Laboratory, Remand Home personnel, Uganda Law Society and other stakeholders.

It is hoped that the outcome of this and other monitoring visits will strengthen JLOS-Development Partner engagement, create an environment for sharing of information, address challenges, opportunities and provide an avenue for peer review, better coordination, collaboration and communication that will strengthen case management and general access to justice services. The ultimate goal is to facilitate effective  implementation of the sector case backlog strategy and over sector Development Plan.

The Deputy Senior Technical Advisor of the JLOS Secretariat welcomed members to the visit and emphasized that the monitoring process is part of the reporting process to sector development partners and stakeholders; providing an enabling environment for sharing issues, best practices and crafting interventions to improve the administration to justice thereby creating safe and secure environment within which all Ugandans can thrive. 

The Chief Magistrate of Nakawa Court  welcomed the team and made a presentation on issues pertaining to the court. He informed the meeting that Nakawa has three Grade One gazette stations of Nakawa, Luzira and Ntinda which is yet to be operationalized.  Nakawa presently has 4 Grade 1 Magistrates and Luzira has one.

 

Reporting by: Lucy Ladira | Published: March 27 2018

 

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On October 27 2016, the Justice, Law and Order Sector  (JLOS) held the 21st Annual review at Speke Resort Munyonyo.  DOWNLOAD the assessment of the Sector 2015/16 performance by our Development Partners below:

 

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My Lord, the Honourable Chief Justice, 

My Lord, the Honourable Deputy Chief Justice, 

Honourable Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,

Honourable Attorney General, 

Honourable Minister of Internal Affairs,

Cabinet and State Ministers in your respective capacities,

Honourable Justices and Judges of the Courts of Judicature,

Your Excellencies, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, 

Members of Parliament Present,

Chairpersons and Members of Constitutional Commissions,

Heads and Representatives of the Justice Sector Ministries, Departments and Agencies, 

Representatives of Civil Society and Non-State Actors, 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

 

To deliver these remarks on behalf of the Development Partners on this occasion of the 21st Annual Review of the Justice Law and Order Sector gives me great pleasure and honour.

This year's theme – "A Pro-People Justice System: Building Public Trust" could not have been more topical. We all know that a number of challenges continue to test public trust in the justice system. 

The basic tenet of this public trust in the justice system rests on the confidence that the system is independent. That the letter of the law will apply to all people in equal measure irrespective of their income status, irrespective of their educational level, and irrespective of their public status or the office they hold. 

The Annual Performance Report for the period under review highlights a number of different indicators reflecting improvements in judicial independence. This should be applauded because so delicate and so critical is the independence of the justice system that it must be defended by all who cherish the rule of law. It is for this reason that Development Partners welcomed assurances [from the Honourable Minister of Justice] that the sanctity of courts and the safety of judicial officers will be protected. We call on all people, including members of JLOS institutions, to submit to the due processes of the law. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate an observation pertaining to the policy framework for independence of the judiciary. We, as do members of JLOS we have interacted with, firmly believe that enactment of the Administration of Justice Bill would greatly strengthen judicial independence. Honourable Minister for Justice, we welcomed your intimation that the Administration of Justice Bill would be sent to Parliament before the end of October 2016.  

As it is with other sectors of the country, various reports acknowledge that the sector faces serious challenges of corruption. If we did not highlight this challenge, we would not qualify as your true friends. While significant increases have been registered in public confidence in JLOS institutions from 26% (in 2012) to 48% (currently), in level of public satisfaction from 59% to 72% and in the disposal of cases and internal disciplinary mechanisms to fight corruption, corruption still remains a problem at all levels of the justice chain – at investigations, when applying for "free" police bond or court bail, at sanctioning of files, and with files disappearing or not being cause listed without inducements. 

These are realities that an ordinary citizen faces. It is therefore unsurprising that the study on "Justice Needs in Uganda (2016)" found that many people, especially the poor, firmly believe that Ugandan Courts are biased against the poor and marginalised. This finding further reinforces our call for the adoption of the Legal Aid Policy and Law to ensure that adequate representation before the court will not depend on the defendant's financial situation. Furthermore, we would like to renew our call that the vice of corruption needs to be decisively tackled through a multi-pronged approach, including rigorous implementation of the sector's anti-corruption strategies, effective and timely sanctions, and recoveries of all proceeds of corruption. 

 The situation with case back log, pre-trial detention (55%) and prison congestion (occupancy at 293%) not only offends the cardinal principle that "justice delayed is justice denied", but also raises serious human rights concerns. It is common during adjournments to hear: "investigations are still ongoing" while the suspect is incarcerated on remand. Land disputes take on average 45 months to dispose, severely affecting livelihoods during this time and often resulting in violent land conflicts due to uncertainty and frustration with the delays. 

In this context, the Development Partners would like to express strong our concerns on the continued use of High Court Criminal Sessions for handling criminal cases. The justification for the use of the session system is difficult to see or understand, especially in circuits with resident judges. It would be even more difficult, perhaps impossible for a suspect who has spent years on remand, in an overcrowded prison, to understand the criminal session system. 

My Lords the Chief Justice and Principal Judge, in light of the challenges that the system presents, we would like to call on you to urgently review the use of High Court Criminal Sessions. Furthermore, we would like to make a call to stakeholders in the sector as a whole to examine the "investigations after arrest strategy" and discourage a retrogressive review of the 48 hours rule, which - like restricting the right to apply for bail - would only make a bad situation worse. 

It is common knowledge that Uganda has a very young population, one of the youngest in the world. We would like to emphasise the prioritisation of the justice system in favour of children and recommend that cases of child victims or children in conflict with the law are handled with priority, considering both the specialised approach needed for children and to ensure their best interests are met. Diversion is certainly the most sustainable solution, not building more and more remand homes.       

 Notwithstanding the aforementioned challenges, Development Partners would like to greatly commend the sector for a number of initiatives such as the introduction of the small claims procedure and plea bargaining, as well as the roll out of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which have already registered tremendous success or are on the way to do so. We are confident that the National Court Case Census, a report of which was launched last Monday, provides a benchmark towards which targeted measures can be taken, which will address and eliminate the serious backlog of cases in the foreseeable future. 

Despite the expiry of their tenure; despite the numerous criticisms levied against them; and despite the operational challenges they face, the Local Council (L.C) Courts 1 and 2 continue to operate. Research upon research has consistently pointed that not only are the L.C Courts one of the most valuable sources of information for Ugandan citizens; they are also the most frequently used mechanism for dispute resolution. As such, they also enjoy comparatively high levels of user satisfaction. It is for these reasons that we welcome the assurances from the relevant ministries that the elections of L.C Courts at levels I and II will be conducted any time soon. These elections will allow these critical entry points for justice service delivery to fully exercise their mandate.

Protection and promotion of human rights is a core mandate of JLOS institutions. Over the years, however, Development Partners have raised concerns that some institutions [e.g. Police and Prisons Services] mandated to promote and protect human rights are at times the very ones identified in various human rights reports, including those of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, as violating citizens’ rights. While the conduct of some law enforcement officers during and after elections raised serious concerns, this year we witnessed for the first time a decline in human rights cases reported against Uganda Police Force who had often topped the charts of human rights violations.  

While the reduction in the numbers of complaints against JLOS institutions is worthy of recognition, we cannot lose sight of the fact that many compensation awards to victims of violations remain unsettled. The growing case backlog in the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), and the time it takes to dispose off human rights complaints (30 months on average), should urgently be addressed by the recently reconstituted Commission.  Also, a deeper analysis for the reduction in the number of complaints may be of merit to make sure that growing awareness of available avenues for complaints is not overshadowed by growing frustration about lengthy procedures or other obstacles.

In the coming weeks, Uganda is scheduled to be reviewed by the Human Rights Council. The review will provide an excellent opportunity for the country and the sector to take stock of the extent of the success of its initiatives to promote and protect human rights, and of the status of implementation of voluntary commitments and other recommendations, such as those relating to the review of the death penalty. 

Yet despite all the challenges, there has also been commendable progress on many issues: The success and achievements registered since the 1st Strategic Investment Plan (SIP I) are a testament to all those JLOS actors who work hard to overcome challenges and are committed to address those still remaining, We are confident that those challenges are not insurmountable. 

Only a few years ago, the average length of stay on remand was 30 months. This is now down to 10.4 months, still relatively too long a time to spend on remand, but a remarkable step in the right direction. There are other examples of impressive lead times in the sector – 10 days on average to issue passports, 16 working hours to register a company and 03 minutes to clear at the border, to name but a few. 

In terms of physical presence, we would like to salute the sector for now being present [though not fully functionally in some instances] in 82% of the country’s districts. Even better, the police have set this bar even higher –100% of sub-counties now have operational police posts - thereby contributing to a reduction in crime rate and to increased conviction rates despite worsening resource constraints for the investigations department. 

I have already talked at length about the importance of respect for judicial decisions and submission to judicial authority as the hallmark of democracy and rule of law. The Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the last Presidential Election Petition. I am informed that this was the first time in Uganda's jurisprudence that the court made specific orders for electoral reforms. 

We have received with great expectations the assurances that recommendations will be considered in a timely manner and through an inclusive process. 

Electoral reforms - which also relate to some outputs of JLOS' own Strategic Investment Plan - are not an issue Development Partners unjustifiably push for. They are important for sustainable growth and stability of this country. It is important for the future of this beautiful country and its young citizens. 

My Lord, the Chief Justice, Honourable Minister of Justice, my colleagues will discuss more during the presentation of Development Partners' technical assessment of the performance of the sector.

 As I conclude, I would like to underline the importance of allocating adequate resources to the sector. The annual report notes that the investigations department of police faces severe budgetary constraints. The Judiciary and Uganda Human Rights Commission - as do other sector institutions - face similar challenges. We, the Development Partners, remain firm in our belief in the sector and in our unwavering commitment to stand with or walk by your side in your efforts to achieve a pro-people and trusted justice system. 

 

Thank you for your attention!

 

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