The Ugandan Coalition for peace, democracy and development, uganda

Voices for Global Change was in Uganda in October, 2005, assisting in a project
to develop an issue-driven, good-governance coalition in the Northern Region of
the country.

VFGC President, Barbara Moller, works with Hellen Edimu of FIDA-U (The Ugandan Association of Women Lawyers) and Elizabeth Ayot of Gulu University on materials for the Coalition training.

VFGC President, Barbara Moller, works with Hellen Edimu of FIDA-U (The Ugandan Association of Women Lawyers) and Elizabeth Ayot of Gulu University on materials for the Coalition training.

As a sub-contractor on this U.S. State Department funded project, Voices provided training in community and media relations to the 155 participants in the project, primarily local government and civic leaders. The project was the first of its kind in the country.

The heart of democracy, I finally came to understand, is voice―the capacity of citizens to have a say in those critical choices shaping their lives and their futures.
— Francis Moore Lappé

The "Ugandan Coalition for Peace, Democracy and Development" was trained to
advocate for improved social, political and economic conditions for the communities in this important and underserved area of the country.

Jane Musoke, Executive Director of the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-U) addresses the training participants.

Jane Musoke, Executive Director of the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-U) addresses the training participants.

A participant in the Coalition training practices his group presentation skills.

A participant in the Coalition training practices his group presentation skills.

Traditionally marginalized from the rest of Uganda, two decades of rebel activity
by the Lord's Resistance Army served to further disempower the people of the
Northern Region, displacing up to 1.5 million people in internal refugee camps.

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This project was a first step toward an examination of how a well-organized
coalition could be designed, developed and implemented, even though many of
its representatives came from a wide variety of religious, cultural and
philosophical backgrounds.

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