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East African Youth Parliament Second Sitting 14-15 Nov 2019, Arusha, Tanzania

        Voting of the East African Youth Parliament Speakers

Faraja Africa Foundation with partners; EALA, European Union, Action Aid, YouLead, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, International Republican Institute-Uganda, EACSOF, Wajibika and Voice of Youth Tanzania organised and mobilised one hundred and twenty young people from the six East African Community member states at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Arusha, Tanzania for the second East African Youth Parliament sitting also known as the “Vijana Assembly.” The East African Youth Parliament is an invented creative advocacy space institutionalised by EALA where young people get to directly interface and push policy recommendations on topical issues that affect them.

The journey to the Vijana Assembly started last year with the first Assembly sitting as this relevantly done this year with the National Youth Parliament in Uganda and Burundi, and other East African states opting for national dialogues and other pre-YouLead Summit activities. These activities brought together different youth voices from all over East Africa, which were summed up to the national position papers. These papers were then presented at the YouLead Summit 2019 in Arusha for further scrutiny, and the most pressing and crosscutting of the issues therein were included in the order paper of the Vijana Assembly 2019.

Rwandan Youth Speaker

Youth Member moving a motion

This year’s Vijana Assembly was under the theme “Embracing holistic integration” with specific objectives of finding safe space for young people freely debate on critical issues leaving no one behind; youth participation in the integration, youth and governance challenges in the region, climate change and sustainable development, tax justice and entrepreneurship for young people, harmonization of education system in East Africa in line with Agenda 2063 African and East African integration. It is imperative to observe that the Vijana Assembly comprised of young people from the different civil societies, student leaders from different institutions of learning, youth in business, National Youth Councils, and those from different political parties across East Africa.

Deputy Clerk Officiating the opening of the Assembly

The Four elected Speakers with the Rt. Hon EALA Speaker at the Center

The Vijana Assembly was opened by the Clerk to the EALA on 14th November and run under the rules of the House. This included complying with the first order of business, that is, swearing in of all members, and thereafter election of Speakers to chair the different sittings. The four Speakers to the Vijana Assembly were elected from Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan; and comprised two ladies and two gentlemen. Uganda and Tanzania obtained the positions of the clerk to the Assembly, whilst handing over the speakership position to the newly elected. It’s important to note that the house overwhelmingly voted one of the speakers as a person with disability (PWD) Rt. Hon Ashuara Michael who is Deaf from Kenya. She chaired the last session with translation for the members. This move was deliberate by the young people, stating that disability does not stop us from collectively progressing hence leaving no one behind, all can lead.

The Speaker of EALA Rt. Martine Ngoga officiating the Closing of the Vijana Assembly

Youth Speakers led by Rt. Hon Ashura handing over the Youth Petition to the Speaker of EALA

The Speaker of the East Africa Parliament, Rt Hon Martin K. Ngoga was present on 15th and participated in the debate, once calling the participants to order over proceeding without introducing themselves on the floor as East Africans from Uganda, Kenya…etc. He congratulated the young people on leaving no one behind in his words saying, “…as young people you have made a statement not only to EALA but the entire world, that disability isn’t an excuse for leaving brilliant minds behind, this has been the most inclusive engagement in these EALA chambers…”

He later officially closed the 2019 Vijana Assembly, where he challenged the young people to fully embrace the integration of East Africa. He noted that he was hopeful that in the near future, a good number of the young people at the Vijana Assembly would be either member of the EALA or even Speaker. He committed that the EALA would ensure that the perspectives of the youth are reflected in the legislative, representative, oversight work, and further pledged to promote youth empowerment.

Official Group Photo of the East African Youth Parliament 2019

The four Speakers of the Vijana Assembly led by Rt Hon Ashura Michael then presented a Petition to the EALA Speaker, which contained the resolutions from the two day Second East African Youth Parliament sessions before the Assembly was adjourned sine die by the sitting Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ashura Michael from Kenya at 17:30 hours and the members were invited to a photo shoot with the Rt. Hon Speaker, Martin K. Ngoga.

As Faraja Africa Foundation, with partners, we are committed to building an engaging and sustainable programme to follow up on the petition to EALA and key recommendation actions made by the young people in the following order;

Members to prioritize the ratification and domestication of ACDEG. That Member states allow the use of different currencies across the East African Community member states. That member states prioritize the issue of security in South Sudan. That EALA passes a resolution to have National councils formed in Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan. That member states expedite the formation of the East African Youth Council. That member states allow the use of different East African countries’ currencies across the region. That education engagements be carried out to harmonise the education system and implement a uniform tuition policy across East Africa. That member states priory the elimination of work permits for citizens of member states and that EALA makes it a law to have a youth representative from each country to the EALA. More information will be shared after our further deliberations with EALA on how these issues can be presented on only on the floor of EALA but also on the East African Community Council of Ministers meeting and above all, the Summit of Presidents.


#APPLY: WE ARE HIRING, Job Opportunity for an Accountant-CLOSED!!

The Finance and Administration Department at Faraja Africa Foundation is seeking to hire the advertised job. You will be required to send in your CV, Academic Qualification Documents & Certificates (Scanned as one document less than 8mb), the recommendation letter would be an additional value. Shortlisted candidates will be reached out to for a scheduled interview. Please ensure to clearly state your Gender and date of birth in your application. Its a full-time job and working hours 9am-4:30pm as per our HR policy.

Applications should be sent to

Read more below on the description;  

Job Title                                  : Accountant

Functional Reporting            : Executive Director

Job Role: Provide financial and administrative management support (book keeping, accounting) to Faraja, partners involved in planning and supervising all the operational functions of the Enterprises (Safaris, Digital) and Foundation, requires participation in the development of strategic plans and sales objectives set forth by the management. Ensure compliance to the finance and administrative procedures in line with Faraja Enterprise, the national laws, donors and other relevant Organisational policies.


Person Specifications Qualifications:

•                A Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Business Administration, Financial Management, Accounting Or the relevant from a recognized Institution.

•                Two years of working experience in NGO or relevant finance environment.

•                A relevant professional training and qualifications in donor regulations are added advantage. Experience:

•                At least three years of relevant work experience in accounting and finance preferably in an NGO

And in the Private Sector.

Skills, Abilities and Competencies:

•                Book Keeping, Accounting, Budgeting and budgetary control.

•                Finance management skills.

•                Communication skills.

•                Analytical skills.

•                Contract and Grants Management.

•                Leadership skills.

•                Computerized Accounting Skills.

•                Procurement, Logistics and stores management.

•                Ability to establish critical working relationships.

•                Ability to promote the Faraja enterprise.

•                Ability to conduct power analysis.

S/No Key Result Areas Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate financial Planning and budgeting in line with FAF partners.


•       Align partner plans and budgets into FAF budget guidelines and make sure that the required Programme support ratios are achieved.

•       Explain and guide the stakeholders in the application of budget guidelines in their annual budgeting process.

•       Support the process of financial costing and forecasting for projects.



Manage the liquidity position and treasury function of Faraja such that financial obligations are met as they fall due in accordance with the Faraja Enterprise.

•       Prepare and submit timely cash flows to Accountant for review & consideration.

•       Monitor and make a record of the cash position of the Faraja to ensure that it has enough money at all times.

•       Record, reconcile and document all Faraja’s accounts.

•       Track and monitor funds availability in all bank accounts.

•       Review Projects cash request from Partners.



Examine payments requests and other Financial

transactions for approval and, ensure there is adequate supporting documentation in accordance with the Faraja financial policy.

•        Review all cheque/payments and respective journals.

•        Review all staff accountabilities and claims or refunds.

•        Verify and review logistics, invoices and other payment vouchers prior to submitting them for approval.

•        File and keep a proper record of all prepayments, accruals and related accounts.

•        Maintain an inventory, stores management system in line with contemporary stores management practices.


Prepare and submit periodic financial reports, and statutory requirement to the Finance Manager, Donors and as may be required from time to time.

•        Input payments, receipts and staff accountabilities in the accounting system, stamp and file vouchers and maintain complete and up-to-date books of accounts.

•        Prepare monthly variance reports for submission to the Cluster Coordinator for review before forwarding them to the Accountant and ED.

•        Remit to respective authorities withheld statutory deductions and generate tax report at the end of the month.

•        Enforce and report on expenditure controls by making reference to the budget to ensure that expenditures are within the approved budget for monitoring purposes in consultation with the Cluster Coordinator.



Provide and account for general administrative and logistical support to staff and relevant stakeholders in accordance with Organisational policies, procedures and best practice.

•     Manage and report on the use of the office telephone.

•     Track and report on the use of all Organisation assets.

•     Supervise the maintenance of general office security.

•     Update Fixed Assets Register in the system and ensuring appropriate accounting for fixed assets (including proper treatment of depreciation).

•     Verify all FAF assets are under insurance cover at all times and renewed whenever policies expire.

•     Carry out any stock-taking and fixed assets verification exercise.


Prepare and attend to the needs of internal and external auditors and implement recommendations in line with donors.

•       Prepare audit schedules as per checklist made available and any other pertinent supporting analysis.

•       Participate in pre- and post (exit) audit meetings.

•       Communicate and discuss in time and in desired format audit requirements to ensure that audit timetables and guidelines are adhered to.

•       Follow –up responses and clear audit issues both internal and external.


Assess financial management gaps and build the capacity of partners and staff in financial management in accordance with GAAP and ensure that good accounting system are established both at partner &

LRP level.

•     Review and report on partner transactions to ensure compliance with policy documents.

•     Represent and make presentations/document proceedings in events/ forums in line with instructions from the line manager.

•     Monitor and review of partner finance documents including Treasury control and accounts verification, bank reconciliation statements, payroll, monthly finance reports, inventory of fixed assets and physical confirmation of assets.

•     Support partners develop policy documents and reviews to guide transactions.

•     Support partners by putting in place good accounting systems to capture all transactions of the Organisation.

•     Support partners on audit process both internally and externally.




Engage in continuous professional development to ensure that knowledge, networks and expertise are kept updated.


Share skills and knowledge with programme and enterprise teams as a way of upskilling teams in aspects of basic accountability, resource and financial management, logistics and business administration of the operations in the enterprise.

Key relationships: (include internal and external)

Internal: Executive Director, Program and Administrative Officer, Accountant, Marketing and Communication Officer.

External: Volunteers, Project Beneficiaries Vendors, media, key partners and customer groups.

Other important features or requirements of the job:
Occasional weekend and evening work.


NOTE: Applications are now open until the 29th October 2019.


The Youth Moot Parliament August 9th 2019-Press Release

International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August as adopted by the United Nations under resolution 54/120 in 1999. It is an opportunity for governments and civil society to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. During International Youth Day, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and Youth Organizations take place around the world to commemorate this important day.

This day is set aside for young people to take center-stage and express their ideas, thoughts, imaginations and innovations as well as bring to light their hopes and aspirations.

Undoubtedly, current global sophistications have made today a very promising and exciting time for young people be alive considering the numerous opportunities that abound for them to tap into, albeit the challenging circumstances and some negative cultural and mass practices that define the young people’s narrative and lived realities.

To commemorate International Youth Day 2019, we – the Youth led and Youth focused organizations including Youth Aid Africa, Faraja Africa Foundation, European Union, Action Aid Uganda, Plan International, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Restless Development, National Youth Council, International Republican Institute, Global Platforms, Rose Namayanja Foundation and others, to organize activities to commemorate this day.

Aware that the theme for this year is “Transformation Education”, the aforementioned organizations are hosting the second Youth Moot Parliament, the first having been hosted last year.  Over 350 Young people from across the country will convene in the parliamentary chambers on the 9thof August 2019 to debate, and make resolutions on critical issues like; unemployment, quality of education, youth meaningful inclusion in governance, EAC regional integration/free trade & movement, among others to be mentioned. The young people will also take into account the national and international commitments Uganda has signed to like; the African Charter on Elections democracy and good governance, Agenda 2063, sustainable development goals, the African Youth policy among other taking into account the Agenda 2030 commitments to which Uganda is signatory and NDP II aspiration From the comprehensive study on the State of the youth, that will be launched on Friday 9thAugust, during the Youth moot sessions and consultations with various sectors of young people who include; youth in informal sector, students, youths leaders, youths in religious sector, youth in business, youth with disabilities, the young people request government and other stakeholders to fast truck the following issues;

We the young people call upon all stakeholders; Government, Development partners, Civil society, Cultural institutions, Parents, Religious leaders as follows;

  1. Review the Prof. Ssenteza Kajubi Report on Education and invest in improving the quality education at all levels and implement economic policies and programs that contribute to the creation of employment opportunities for all.
  2. Government should urgently ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance that promotes effective and meaningful participation of young people in planning and budgeting at local government level

This Charter encourages youth participation, building of strong democratic institutions and is cardinal in ensuring that Uganda and Africa are stable, and prosperous.

  1. Government should urgently look into the issue of Electoral Reforms, with major focus on , nomination fees, the role of the army and police and impartiality of Elections observers
  2. Government through parliament to urgently amend the National Youth Council (NYC) Act to include effective representation of People with disabilities (PWDs). And appropriate funding to the said National Youth Council to improve their operations across the country.
  3. Parliament to urgently discuss and legislate on matters relating to sex offences against young people in institutions of higher learning, work places, homes and public places.
  4. Parliament and Government to urgently look into matters relating to Externalization of labor and the continued exploitation, mistreatment and unfavorable working conditions of young Ugandans abroad and accordingly legislate on the same. In addition, parliament needs to urgently look into issues of decent work and decent pay for young girls and women in domestic homes, hotel industry, and tourism among others. Government to urgently address the economic needs of young people to ensure economic inclusion. Part of the money that was appropriated to Uganda Development Bank for recapitalization should be earmarked as funds for young entrepreneurs with special youth – friendly access procedures for inclusion. Tax holidays should also be given to young entrepreneurs, the same as is given to foreign investors as a way of boosting local investment for better transformation.

We wish to celebrate all the young people doing amazing works around the world. We congratulate the young people of Uganda, Africa and the world upon making it to the International Youth Day celebrations of 2019.

Let’s transform Education for responsible citizenship.


The Faraja -World Heritage Volunteers Youth Camp (2019)

This year, Faraja Africa Foundation in partnership with the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO and Action Aid Uganda is organising the WHV Youth Camp from July 27th- August 5th, 2019. The Project aims to initiate community actions that preserve natural heritage with a focus on animal protection and afforestation as well as to raise awareness of the indigenous Batwa community in Buhoma, Kisoro district, and create synergies between Batwa’s culture and other communities in Uganda.

The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative and more particularly, the World Heritage Volunteers 2019 campaign – Empowering Commitment to the World Heritage, in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education (WHE) Programme. This programme aims to increase awareness and reinforce youth’s involvement at a local and global level in the implementation of the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. As you know, Article 27 of the Convention requests States Parties to endeavour, in particular by means of educational programmes, to strengthen appreciation and respect of cultural and natural heritage. The WHE Programme is also consistent with UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2014–2021 which foresees specific targeted action to be implemented in favour of youth. 

The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative aims to: 

 Raise awareness among young people, volunteers, local communities and concerned authorities of the need to protect and promote World Heritage; 

 Involve young people in World Heritage preservation through concrete projects at sites; 

 Empower young people allowing them to learn skills in basic preservation and conservation techniques, and raise their capacity as future decision-makers and global active citizens; 

 Strengthen sustainable cooperation between non-profit organizations, site management, communities and authorities; 

 Identify best practices and develop non-formal educational tools to facilitate stakeholders’ participation in World Heritage education; 

 Mainstream gender equality in all stages of the projects and geographical diversity among the World Heritage properties where the action camps take place. 

As a volunteer, you will learn more about the site and its development through guided tours and interaction with local communities who will share insight and social entrepreneurship experiences. They will also participate in a training that focuses on various themes, such as social entrepreneurship and communication skills with a special look at social media. Volunteers will be involved in other hands-on activities on the site’s conservation, including tree planting, rehabilitating injured animals, cleaning up and reconstruction, video documentation of gorillas, etc.


Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @farajaafricafdn. There is no fee for selected Ugandans. As for International Volunteers, you will be required to pay a participation fee of $150. You will be required to communicate your arrival and departure dates (flight booking) to help us arrange for you free local transport from the airport to the venue. Please note, while in Kampala before and after the camp accommodation, arrangements will be your own responsibility, as the organisers we can only help you in the booking process. You will also be required to arrange your own international travel alongside other documentation that follow such as VISAs, etc. A total of 20 International Volunteers will be accepted alongside 30 National Volunteers (whose support fund will be covered under our Youth Programmes if confirmed). Local transport will only be arranged from Kampala, any volunteer not at the setoff point on the agreed time will cover his/her costs.

No financial remuneration of any kind will be offered to any participants such as VISA fees, transport refund and any other. Tents will be provided however you are advised to come along with sleeping bags and heavy/cold weather gear.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a World Heritage Site and a biodiverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. It’s home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, who feed on roots, leaves and fruits from the park’s many tree and fern species. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help to protect the endangered gorilla families. In the park, rough paths weave amid dense forests which are home to many butterflies and birds.

For more Information Please Contact us.


#Apply: Job Opportunity-Digital Media Associate (Faraja)-CLOSED!!

Job Description

Position Title: Digital Media Associate

Reports To: Communications Director


The Digital Media Associate will support the mission of Faraja Africa Foundation (FAF) and be a critical team player of FAF’s fast paced and growing Communications Department.

FAF’s Communications Team:

  • Educates the community about the organization’s mission, initiatives, andimpact
  • Advocates for issues important to our client /community
  • Supports FAF’s advocacystrategies
  • Provides a platform for our clients to share their stories on theirterms
  • Engages in tireless mediaadvocacy
  • Coordinates local, national, and international media relationships and priorities placing stories to expose injustice, raise awareness, and move the needle on community conversation
  • Supports the marketing and fundraising efforts of FAF’s Developmentteam

FAF’s media advocacy has been instrumental in exposing injustice, countering misrepresentation and distortion of young people in mainstream media narratives and impacting community conversation on issues impacting Uganda.

The Digital Media Associate’s main role will be to develop and generate content and supportive materials for FAF’s communications through print, web, and social media. The content will be written, video, photo, infographic, illustrative, etc. (Note: emphasis on video and infographiccontent)

Responsibilities (Full-time):

  • Writing – creative, news, editorial, marketing,
  • Interview clients and produce clientstories
  • Videoediting
  • GraphicDesign
  • Copywriting
  • Scheduling content on social media and updatingwebsite
  • Research issues and policies related to FAF and ourwork
  • Track earned media clips (radio, online,television)
  • Monitor and analyse web and social media analytics (Google Analytics experience is A-plus)
  • Develop monthly summary reports for CommunicationsDirector
  • Participate in communications updates and team meetings asneeded
  • Assist Communications Director with media/communications related work, ie. topical issue and policy research
  • Other media/communications related work as needed


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication or the Equivalent
  • Proficient with Microsoft-Office, Adobe-Creative Suite(AdobeIllustrator and/or In Design required)
  • Video shooting and editing experience (Premiere,iMovie, Final Cut)
  • Experience and acumen in developing social mediacontent
  • Experience editing and drafting website content

You’ll thrive in this role if you:

  • Are committed to and engaged in FAF’s mission, clients, anddirection
  • Have the tenacity and willingness to change direction quickly as media needs change or in response to current events
  • Work well both independently andcollaboratively
  • See the big picture and have excellent attention todetail
  • Possess excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communicationskills
  • Are motivated, creative, and hard working

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and up-to 10 samples of your portfolio/work product via email to:

*Note: Please include work product/portfolio samples that demonstrate your experience with print, web, social media, video, and graphic design content creation.

Deadline to submit application materials is Sunday, February 17, 2019.


University Youth Leaders from All-Over Uganda Have an Exposure Visit to the British High Commission in Uganda


On the 29th June 2018, a team of 18 Faraja fellows had an exposure visit to the British High Commission.  They constituted youth leaders from Uganda Christian University, Lira University, Islamic University In Uganda, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Kampala International University covering Central, Eastern, Northern and Western Uganda. Fellows were warmly welcomed by the United Kingdom in Uganda, giving them an opportunity to interact with top leaders at the British High Commission, Department for International Development (DFID) and the British Council Uganda.

In their interaction, Her Excellency Sarah Mann the Deputy British High Commissioner informed fellows more about the role the British High Commission in Uganda in areas of governance, youth empowerment, health, refugee settlement, trade, and education. The same was followed by a meeting with India Perry from DFID who shade more light on the thematic aid investment areas for the UK government in the development of Uganda. Most importantly, the Deputy High Commissioner committed to also amplify the voices of the SELF-youth leaders to the President of Uganda to increase support for social entrepreneurs and involvement of young people in development processes; while they carry out their role of interpreting culture and facilitating communication between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda. SELF-fellows now have a chance to be part of the Creative Arts British Council program headed by Millicent Mugabi that will equip them with skills in their respective arts.


The Faraja Fellows are part of the 100 participants of this year’s Social Entrepreneurs and Leaders Fellowship (SELF) program that runs under Faraja Africa Foundation; a youth organization with a mission of preparing emerging leaders to initiate, develop and sustain youth community and economic initiatives. Through our social entrepreneurship model, we self-fund SELF to empower young people through our built social entrepreneurship curriculum. Fellow’s skills are developed on how to start, maintain and expand businesses that solve social problems. At the same time, young people are provided with skills to meaningfully participate in the political discourse of the country working with the organization respective such as the West Minister Foundation for Democracy, Action Aid and the British Council on strengthening the program’s efficiency. SELF-addresses SDG(s) 8 and syndicates into Goal 1, 4 and 17.

By the end of the visit, fellows noted that they were more informed on the development contribution the United Kingdom was playing in Uganda directly and through its departments. They also noted that their exposure sharpened their critical thinking skills, increased confidence and equipped them with information that can support the development of their community initiatives. A special thanks go to Fiona Inch through the British Council who has continued to offer technical support to Faraja and in organizing this exchange/exposure visit to the BHC. Furthermore, more special thanks to HE Sarah Mann and India Perri alongside the BC staff for giving us their time, information and counsel. It was educative and socially engaging.