Focus Area 1: Human Rights and Social Justice

The objective of this focus area is “To contribute to building a just East African Society through supporting movement building, social justice philanthropy as well as supporting initiatives on rights, access and equity”. Special attention in this regard is paid to the respect for human rights, upholding of human dignity, ensuring equity and fairness as well as the promotion of environmental sustainability.

The work on social justice focuses on three major sub areas viz.

  • Rights, Equity and Access: Focuses on the promotion of equal access to opportunities, liberties and rights, particularly amongst disadvantaged persons/groups. Initiatives that challenge injustice and promote diversity, mutuality and inclusion are supported.
  • Movement Building and Solidarity Action: Through this sub area, Akiba Uhaki Foundation supports initiatives around mobilizing, empowering and standing with the grassroots – as subjects rather than objects of social justice processes – as a basis for challenging the status quo. This is founded on the belief that the human rights framework can only effectively enhance civic power if it is people driven.
  • Social Justice Philanthropy: Development outcomes are more flexible, holistic and lasting when (local) people invest in their own development. This pillar seeks to leverage local resources as a basis of ensuring sustainability, solidarity, sovereignty and social cohesion.

The major interventions strategies supported under Human Rights and Social Justice  includes:

  1. Mobilizing, Organizing and Sensitizing: Support mobilization, organization, sensitization and strengthening of social movements towards awakened consciousness and effective civic engagement/civic action. Document and share knowledge and best practices on social movements.
  2. Human Rights and Justice (HRSJ): Support programs or initiatives that promote, protect and uphold HRSJ, fundamental freedoms, solidarity, human dignity and diversity.
  3. Protection and Enforcement: Provide technical, financial and moral support to systems, persons and institutions engaged in supervision, protection and enforcement of human rights.
  4. Accountability: Support initiatives that ensure accountability of States, Non-State Actors (NSAs) and leaders with a view to ending impunity, inequity and operationalising related protocols, treaties as well as legal, policy, constitutional and institutional frameworks.
  5. Media: Champion/facilitate existence of strong, independent, free and responsive East African media that promotes HRSJ.

Focus Area 2: Influencing

Existence and enforcement of suitable, accessible and transparent constitutional, institutional, legal, regulatory and pro-poor policy mechanisms are central to the realization and sustenance of social justice. High-level political commitment is essential for attaining transformational change in such governance frameworks, set-ups and practices. The overall objective of this focus areas is “To facilitate existence of an enabling operational environment in East Africa through advocacy and promotion of social accountability, regional integration and social cohesion”. Specifically, Akiba Uhaki Foundation influencing work and support will concentrate on three major sub areas viz.

  • Evidence Based Advocacy: Focuses on the suitability and effectiveness of legal, policy and institutional frameworks; accountability by governments and private sector; as well as promoting best practice within development cooperation.
  • Social Accountability: Accountability, transparency and responsiveness are key cornerstones of democratic governance. Akiba Uhaki Foundation will contribute to the establishment of socio-political and economic systems in which States, Citizens and Non State Actors (CSOs, Private Sector) are accountable for their legal and moral roles, duties and obligations.
  • Integration and Cohesion: Pays attention to initiatives that advance and cement cohesion and integration within East Africa as a footstool to development and sustained peaceful co-existence. The major intervention strategies under the Influencing focus area shall include:
  1. Policy, Legal and Institutional frameworks: Undertake and/or support advocacy initiatives towards (inclusive) development, reform and enforcement of policy, legal and institutional frameworks.
  2. Inclusion and Cohesion: Facilitate programs and initiatives that challenge all forms of discrimination and promote in-country and/or East African Integration, social cohesion and inclusion.
  3. Brokering Strategic Partnerships: Support the establishment and sustenance of critical mass and strategic engagements for influencing work.
  4. Applied Research and Innovation: Research and disseminate knowledge and information on important/emerging HRSJ concerns in collaboration with knowledge institutions. (These are a basis for evidence based advocacy, reflection and thinking, innovative program development and praxis.)
  5. Networking and Linking: Facilitate, coordinate and/or participate in value adding networking and linking initiatives, spaces, forums and platforms.

Focus Area 3: Capacity Development

Although robust legal, policy and institutional frameworks are essential for ensuring good governance, their existence in themselves are not a guarantee of civic engagement; attention must equally be paid to the capacity of citizens and civil society. The objective of this pillar is “To enhance the capacity of Akiba Uhaki Foundation and relevant HRSJ actors to effectively and sustainably attain their mandates through leadership strengthening and organizational development”. This is done through organizational and leadership development.

This pillar focuses on the following areas:

  • Organizational Development of Akiba Uhaki Foundation: Concerned with ensuring internal organizational well-being of Akiba Uhaki Foundation. The overall ambition is to enable Akiba Uhaki Foundation become a more dynamic, efficient and stable entity that is cost-effectively and sustainably achieving its mandate.
  • Leadership and Capacity Development: Focuses attention on nurturing new leadership for the HRSJ sector as well as enhancing the capacity of Citizens, State and NSAs to better fulfill their mandates, roles and responsibilities.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL): Concerned with further development and use Monitoring and Evaluation tools to demonstrate impact, strategic learning, informing practice and generating evidence needed to influence work.

The major intervention strategies under capacity development include:

  1. Akiba Uhaki Foundtion Capacity Development: Invest in strengthening (internal) Akiba Uhaki Foundation capacity focusing on identified strategic capacity areas.
  2. MEL: Further improve and fully operationalize the MEL system (for Akiba Uhaki Foundation and selected grantees), and facilitate knowledge inter-mediation, brokerage and transfer (reflection, learning, documentation).
  3. Program Development and Support: Support the development, adoption, replication and up-scaling of innovative, effective and sustainable program approaches and models. Further facilitate program coordination, integration, joint programming amongst actors.
  4. Capacity Strengthening: Provide accompaniment based technical, financial and moral support to grantees and other relevant HRSJ actors to improve their effectiveness and sustainability.
  5. Resource mobilization: Strategic leveraging of resources to increase the scale, scope/diversity and reliability of Akiba Uhaki Foundation support towards HRSJ work.