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KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG (KAS)

Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). As co-founder of the CDU and the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) united Christian-social, conservative and liberal traditions. His name is synonymous with the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm alignment of foreign policy with the trans-Atlantic community of values, the vision of a unified Europe and an orientation towards the social market economy. His intellectual heritage continues to serve both as our aim as well as our obligation today.

In our European and international cooperation efforts we work for people to be able to live self-determined lives in freedom and dignity. We make a contribution underpinned by values to helping Germany meet its growing responsibilities throughout the world.

We encourage people to lend a hand in shaping the future along these lines. With more than 70 offices abroad and projects in over 120 countries, we make a unique contribution to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and a social market economy. To foster peace and freedom we encourage a continuous dialog at the national and international levels as well as the exchange between cultures and religions. 

Human beings in their distinctive dignity and with their rights and responsibilities are at the heart of our work. We are guided by the conviction that human beings are the starting point in the effort to bring about social justice and democratic freedom while promoting sustainable economic activity. By bringing people together who embrace their responsibilities in society, we develop active networks in the political and economic spheres as well as in society itself. The guidance we provide on the basis of our political know-how and knowledge helps to shape the globalization process along more socially equitable, ecologically sustainable and economically efficient lines.

We cooperate with governmental institutions, political parties, civil society organizations and handpicked elites, building strong partnerships along the way. In particular we seek to intensify political cooperation in the area of development cooperation at the national and international levels on the foundations of our objectives and values. Together with our partners we make a contribution to the creation of an international order that enables every country to develop in freedom and under its own responsibility.

 

Main objectives of KAS’ work in Uganda

Uganda is going through a difficult – and not always consistent – process of democratization. A particular challenge is the consolidation of the multi-party political system which was only re-introduced a few years ago. Furthermore, in light of the still prevailing problematic socio-economic situation in the country it is crucial to ensure economic development with social benefits.

Given the challenges of the young and unconsolidated pluralistic and democratic system, the major objectives of the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Uganda are:

 

1.       Consolidation of political pluralism and democratic rule of law

 

2.       Strengthening the participation of civil society and enhancing the performance of civil society organizations’ as watchdogs and mediators.

 

3.       Promoting the principles of social market economy and strengthening institutions and actors in charge of regulatory policy with regard to social market economy.

 

4.       As crosscutting issue, the empowerment of women and youths receives special attention in our activities. Furthermore, a particular focus is on the promotion of pluralism and democracy at the local level and the strengthening of decentralized structures.

 

Strategy and Activities

In order to achieve the objectives the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Uganda actively works together with local partners, which are both state institutions as well as civil society organizations. The cooperation includes financial and organizational support for the partners, assistance in the development of programmes, concepts and strategies, as well as the active collaboration in implementing different activities, particularly in the area of civic education. The spectrum of activities carried out includes among others:

- Public dialogues and forums for discussion

- Capacity building for the staff of partner organizations’ and training of trainers for multiplicators 

- Development of strategic concepts and position papers 

- Development of reference material for civic education

- Training workshops and seminars for civic education (particularly at local level)

- Intensive capacity building programmes and professional trainings for specific target groups (e.g. women, youths, journalists, politicians at local level)

- Development and distributions of publications

- Awarding of scholarships

 

In line with the overall objectives, the activities carried out from 2011 are focussing on the following major areas:

- Cooperation with selected parties in order to strengthen their ability to develop their own profile with regard to the major political debates and actively present the party positions to the public.

 

- Strengthening the youth members of selected parties in their capacity to influence the party platforms and take up party functions.

 

- Cooperation with political actors as multipliers, particularly at local level, in order to promote political pluralism, democratic participation and representation.

- Raising awareness on civil rights and responsibilities, particularly among women and youths in order to enhance their active involvement in political and social formation and decision making processes.

- Enhancing the awareness among journalists and media representatives on their roles in a democratic society and strengthening their capacity to employ professional methods of critical journalism.

- Facilitating an active dialogue among political and economic leaders on market regulation issue and the principles of social market economy.

 Website; www.kas.de/uganda

The Fojo Media Institute supports independent media and freedom of expression in Sweden and internationally. Fojo is the leading media development institute in Sweden and is a dialogue partner to the Swedish government on media development issues.

Over the years, Fojo has trained 50 000 journalists from more than 90 countries. Fojo is a non-profit academic institution within the Linnaeus University. We are independent and our agenda is fully open: Professional journalism, freedom of expression, democracy and human rights. Fojo prefesr to work with local or regional partners that have long-term perspectives and a clear ownership of the media development in the region/country as well as a broad approach on how to make real and lasting change.

Examples of current long-term partners for Fojo are the Birzeit University Media Institute in Palestine, the Media Resource and Training Centre in Jaffna (Sri Lanka), the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ) and the Vietnam Ministry of Culture and Information Press Dept and the Union of Journalists in Moscow. With support from Sida, Fojo is now partnering with Uganda Media Development Foundation in a three year “Action for Transparency” project.

“Action for Transparency” literally puts the power to change in the hands of the citizens. In a joint collaboration with Transparency International - Uganda, the project is being implemented in the districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso as pilot areas.

 
 

Bread for the World is the globally active relief and development agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany. In almost 100 countries all across the globe Bread for the World empowers the poor and marginalised to improve their living conditions by themselves. Key issues of BFDW work are food security, the promotion of health and education, respect for human rights as well as the integrity of creation.

The basic aim of "Brot für die Welt" ("Bread for the World") is to enable the disadvantaged to live a dignified life. BfdW is a programme of help initiated by the protestant churches in Germany. It was set up in Berlin in 1959 and since then has been the responsibility of the “Diakonische Werk”, the Social Service Agency of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD).

 Our guiding principles

Our work is rooted in the faith that bears witness to the world as God’s creation, in the love that encounters the Lord precisely in our disenfranchised and poorest neighbour, and in the hope that acts in accordance with God’s will in expectation of a just world. Bread for the World considers itself part of the global Christian community. We seek cooperation with churches and church agencies throughout the world and assume our responsibility in ecumenical networks.

 Our work

The work of Bread for the World primarily focuses on the support of projects in the countries of the Global South. An essential feature of our projects is the close and continuous cooperation with local, often church-related partner organisations. Upon request, Bread for the World provides them with specialists and volunteers. Through lobbying, public relations and education in Germany and Europe, we seek to influence political decisions in favor of the poor and to raise awareness for the necessity of a sustainable way of life.

The partnership was inherited  from Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst - EED, an association of the Protestant Churches in German following a merger between  the three church development organizations in Germany – Church Development Service [Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst] – (EED), Bread for the World and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (Diakonia Disaster Relief).

 Below is a profile of EED and its work before the merger was effected.

By means of financial contributions, personnel involvement, scholarships and consultancy services EED supported the development work of churches, Christian and secular organizations. In this worldwide partnership, EED participated in establishing a just society. It took and promoted action to arise and enhance people's willingness to stand up to overcome need, poverty, persecution and violence.

EED granted financial support to projects and programmes carried out by partners in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and in Southeast Europe. EED supports capacity and competence building on the side of its partners by seconding experts, by granting scholarships and by supporting other measures of human resources development.

 Last year (2012), EED merged with Bread for the world, a campaign of the protestant churches and free churches in Germany to bring about justice for the poor.

EED was a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 160 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy and of the Association of World Council of Churches related Development Organizations’ in Europe (APRODEV).

 Contact

http://www.brot-fuer-die-welt.de/home.html

US Mission  funds Elections Reporting training for Ugandan Journalists

Uganda Media Development Foundation has completed elections reporting  training for 75 jounalists in three regions of mbarara,Gulu and Arua. The training was funded by the US Mission  Uganda. This follows a similar training in Masaka, Mbale and Fort Portal done earlier this year.

The Overall objective of the program is to build the capacity of selected journalists  to engage  professionally with the electoral process for the 2016 general elections.

 Uganda is set to hold the next general elections in 2016. The ruling NRM government has been in power since 1986 and by the next election, it will have ruled under one President for 30 years. Ahead of these elections, the political landscape has changed dramatically. The NRM government has experienced unprecedented succession struggles for the presidency, while the opposition parties have all changed leadership but still remain divided on fronting a joint candidate to challenge the NRM. 

 The media is one of the most powerful influences on how elections are run and how they are perceived within and outside the country. To adequately perform this role, journalists must be equipped with both the knowledge of democratic governance, and the skills to report on all aspects and stages of the electoral process.

 Specific objectives:

 1.To equip the journalists with basic knowledge of media and electoral democracy.

2.To enable the journalists acquire and engage skills in responsible practice in elections reporting.

3.To build the capacity of the journalists to amplify the voices of the voters, who are the principal stakeholders of the elections, in the media.

Expected outcomes:

1.Have a minimum of  75 journalists trained in the first phase on the principles of elections reporting as on way of enhancing their capacity to access, assess and communicate election news to the public

2.Increased reporting on and follow up of key electoral processes to enhance voter knowledge and information 

3.Functional platforms such as websites, radio programs as well as other forms of social media where journalists can  freely practice and share their reports on elections