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Open Call for Plenary – 6th National Youth Parliament 2023

Faraja Africa Foundation (FAF) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 6th National Youth Parliament in Uganda. This unique opportunity aims to create a platform for young people to actively participate in policy-making and decision-making processes. We believe in the power of youth voices and their ability to shape a more inclusive and participatory society that addresses their needs and concerns.

Based on FAF’s experience in creating youth spaces like the annual National Youth Parliament for engagement since 2018, we have observed that most youth in Uganda are passionate about advancing social justice and ethnic equality issues to achieve equity and youth inclusion. Unfortunately, they often face challenges as they are perceived as threats and unqualified by those in authority.

This year, the 6th National Youth Parliament aims to address these challenges by providing a practical, reachable, and all-inclusive forum for youth to constructively engage with the legislature.  By actively involving the Parliament of Uganda, Youth MPs, and the youth themselves, we intend to ensure that youth issues are given the attention and consideration they deserve in the policymaking process.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years of age.
  • Must be Ugandan citizens residing in Uganda.
  • Should demonstrate a strong interest in social justice, ethnic equality, and youth inclusion.
  • Must possess good communication and leadership skills.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: 21st July 2023

Selection and Notification of Participants: 8th August 2023

Note: Selected participants will be provided with necessary logistical support, including travel and accommodation arrangements during the Youth Parliament.

We look forward to receiving your applications and encourage all passionate and committed young Ugandans to seize this opportunity to be a part of the 6th National Youth Parliament. Together, we can create positive change and ensure that youth voices are heard and valued in the decision-making processes of our nation.

For further inquiries, please contact

Application Process:

  • Interested individuals are invited to should fill in the form below and submit their applications by July 20th 2023.
Youth Sounding Board Uganda

Call for Applications for the Youth Sounding Board in Uganda – YSBU 2023

The European Union (EU) considers engagement with youth and youth participation and inclusion essential for its external action and international partnerships agenda.  The aim is to ensure that the voices of young people are heard and taken into account, including when shaping and implementing EU programmes and policies in partner countries like Uganda.  To advance this agenda, Faraja Africa Foundation, with support from the EU Delegation to Uganda, aims at setting up the Youth Sounding Board Uganda (YSBU) with a membership of twenty Ugandan youth.  Perspectives and needs of young people will be considered during the EU and Member States’ decisions making processes; in their policies, programs, and services that affect them within the programming of the European Union and member states.

Furthermore, the YSBU seeks opportunities for youth networks, organizations, opinion leaders, and more to express their views and connect the EU Delegation and EU Member States in Uganda.  Ugandan youth between 18-30 years are eligible by this call for applications to the YSBU, after which a selection will be made that ensures gender, thematic and geographical balance, among others.

Therefore, Faraja Africa Foundation, with support from the European Union, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Youth Sounding Board in Uganda.  We are looking for young people between the ages of 18-30 who are passionate about making a positive impact in their communities and eager to have their voices heard on important and topical issues across the sector.  The Youth Sounding Board members will be selected based on their commitment to community service and willingness to work collaboratively with others.

To APPLY, please take note of the following;

  1. Should be a Ugandan (female or male) between 18 – 30 years of age.
  2. Should have a demonstrated interest in the sustainable development of the country and the sustainable development goals
  3.  Should be part of an organization (optional)
  4.  Should have an active social media presence.
  5.  Should distinguish between what is a must from what is an advantage.
  6. Follow Faraja Africa Foundation; Twitter – @EUinUG, @FarajaAfricaFdn | Like Page on Facebook – Faraja Africa Foundation | Follow on Instagram – @farajaafricafdn and on LinkedIn-Faraja Africa Foundation
  • Submit a completed online application form (CLICK TO APPLY)
  • Submit your resume or CV

The deadline for applications is 18th April 2023 at 11 pm.  We will be in touch with selected applicants to schedule an interview.  If you have any questions about the application process or the Youth Sounding Board in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us at +256 (0) 39-488-4176.

We look forward to hearing from you and working together to impact our communities positively!


Women's Day

How Faraja Africa Foundation has to contributed to the theme: DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality

During the International Women’s month, Faraja Africa Foundation is proud to commemorate this special month under the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.” At Faraja Africa Foundation, we believe that innovation and technology have the power to break down barriers and promote gender equality for all.”

DigitALL: Technology as a Tool for Gender Equality:

Technology has revolutionized the world we live in, connecting people across the globe and making information more accessible than ever before. At Faraja Africa Foundation, we believe that technology can be a powerful tool in promoting gender equality.

With the rise of digital platforms, we can now connect with people from all corners of the world, share ideas, and collaborate on solutions to complex challenges. By using digital platforms, we can empower women and girls to participate in the global economy and improve their quality of life.

 At Faraja Africa Foundation, we recognize the potential of technology to drive social change and promote gender equality. Through our programs, we are equipping young women with the skills and knowledge they need to harness the power of technology for positive change.


Mentoring Young Women in Policy Advocacy through E-Diplomacy:

Policy advocacy is an essential tool for promoting gender equality. At Faraja Africa Foundation, we believe that policies and laws can have a significant impact on the lives of women and girls, and we are committed to advocating for policies that promote gender equality and empower women.

Through our mentoring programs, we are encouraging e-diplomacy using digital platforms like social media. We are training young women to use social media effectively to advocate for policies that promote gender equality and empower women. We are also connecting them with policymakers and decision-makers to ensure that their voices are heard.

Mentoring and Training Young Women Social Entrepreneurs:

Entrepreneurship is an essential driver of economic growth and social change. At Faraja Africa Foundation, we believe in the power of social entrepreneurship to promote gender equality and drive social change.

Through our mentoring and training programs, we are equipping young women with the skills and knowledge they need to launch and grow successful social enterprises. We are also using digital platforms to advertise and grow their businesses, helping them reach a wider audience and achieve greater impact.

Giving Young Women a Platform to Advocate for Inclusive Policies:

At Faraja Africa Foundation, we believe that young women have a vital role to play in shaping the policies that affect their lives. We are working to give young women a platform to advocate for policies that promote gender equality and social justice.

Through our townhall meetings and youth parliament, we are providing young women with the skills and knowledge they need to engage in policy-making and advocate for their rights. We are using digital platforms to amplify their voices, making sure that their messages reach a wider audience and have a greater impact.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day under the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,” we are proud to be working towards a world where women and girls have equal access to resources and opportunities. At Faraja Africa Foundation, we believe that technology and innovation can be powerful tools in driving social change and promoting gender equality.

Through our programs, we are empowering young women to become advocates for gender equality and social justice. We are committed to mentoring and training young women in policy advocacy, social entrepreneurship, and inclusive policy-making, and we look forward to continuing our work towards a more equitable and just society for all.


Written by:

Advocacy Officer


Empowering Uganda’s Future: The Importance of Youth Inclusion in Decision Making Processes in Civil Society

Uganda is a country with a vibrant youth population that has the potential to drive positive change in the society. Unfortunately, young people are often excluded from decision-making processes in civil society. In order to create a more equitable and inclusive society, it is crucial to increase youth involvement in decision making processes.

Creating Youth-Friendly Spaces

Namutebi Ruth presenting a petition about youth unemployment in the National Youth Parliament

Creating safe and welcoming spaces for young people is essential in increasing their participation in civil society. These spaces can be both physical and virtual, providing young people with the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas. This can be achieved through community centers, youth-led organizations, or online platforms.

Providing Training and Capacity Building

Many young people lack the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in decision-making processes. Providing them with training and capacity building opportunities can help to develop their skills and confidence. This can involve programs that focus on leadership, advocacy, public speaking, and organizational skills.

Engaging with Youth-led Organisations

There are many youth-led organisations in Uganda such as Faraja Africa Foundation that are already working on issues that are important to young people. Engaging with these organizations and supporting their work can help to build a stronger and more inclusive civil society that reflects the needs and priorities of young people.

Fostering Intergenerational Dialogue

Second Deputy Prime Minister in a group photo with the Young leaders who attended the Busoga subregional Youth Parliament

In many cases, there is a disconnect between young people and older generations in civil society. Fostering intergenerational dialogue can help to bridge this gap and ensure that the perspectives and experiences of all generations are taken into account in decision-making processes.

Encouraging Youth Representation in Decision-making Bodies

One of the most effective ways to increase the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes in civil society is to ensure that they are represented in decision-making bodies. This can be done through the creation of youth advisory boards or by ensuring that young people are included in existing decision-making bodies. For-example; The European Union (EU) in Uganda is creating a European Union Youth Sounding Board coordinated by Faraja Africa Foundation in-order for the young people to be part of the decision making processes in the EU. This will be two year project that will entail building the capacity of young people to mobilise resources ,advocacy et al while using these skills while interacting with the EU on behalf  of the young people. (more details to follow..)

Empowering young people and increasing their involvement in decision-making processes in civil society is essential in creating a brighter future for Uganda. By creating youth-friendly spaces, providing training and capacity building, engaging with youth-led organizations, fostering intergenerational dialogue, and encouraging youth representation in decision-making bodies, we can ensure that young people have a voice and a stake in the future of Uganda. Together, we can build a more democratic, equitable, and effective society.

Compiled by Kanyesigye Edna- Advocacy Officer

International Day of Education

The role of Civil Society in improving the education system in Uganda

The education system in Uganda has seen significant growth in recent years. The government has made efforts to increase access to education, particularly for girls and children in rural areas. Additionally, enrolment in primary and secondary education has increased significantly. However, the quality of education remains a challenge, with issues such as teacher shortages and inadequate funding. There have also been efforts to improve the vocational and technical education system to better align it with the needs of the workforce. Overall, while there has been progress, there is still work to be done to ensure that all Ugandans have access to a high-quality education.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) have played an important role in improving the education system in Uganda. CSOs have been involved in various initiatives to increase access to education, improve the quality of education, and promote equity and inclusion. Some examples of the roles that CSOs have played in the education sector in Uganda include:

  • Advocating for policies and practices that support access to education for all, particularly for marginalized groups such as girls and children from rural areas.
  • Providing additional support to schools and communities, such as through teacher training, school improvement programs, and provision of educational materials.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of government policies and programs related to education.
  • Empowering communities to take an active role in the education of their children, by involving parents and other community members in decision-making and planning processes.
  • Providing alternative forms of education, such as non-formal education or vocational training, to reach out-of-school children or those who are not able to access formal education.

Overall, CSOs have played a vital role in complementing the government efforts to improve the education system in Uganda and have made significant contributions towards increasing access to education and the quality of education.