CCFU collaborates with other civil society organisations, universities, government institutions and development agencies that share our belief in the centrality of culture to strengthen sustainable development and national identity. We network with local NGOs and other institutions through our coalitions and specialised programmes. Our international and local partners provide financial and other forms of support for our various projects. Today, the Foundation is supported by the following organisations:
The Arcus Foundation is currently supporting CCFU’s culture and conservation project which involves; working with cultural leaders to highlight their role in conservation, especially of totems and in particular the chimpanzee, private forest owners and youth – through inter-generational dialogues and an inter-clan football tournament. In 2014, the Arcus Foundation asked CCFU to contribute to a research initiative meant to identify opportunities for strengthening the conservation and social outcomes of its programme by applying a cultural values approach to the conservation of the great apes. Consequently, CCFU was supported to carry out a research on ‘Culture and the conservation of the great apes in Uganda‘. CCFU was also supported to document the experiences of the state and non-state actors in conserving the chimpanzees and their habitat, illustrated by case studies of clans, families, private forest owners and development partners in a publication titled ‘Conserving the chimpanzee in Uganda: Experiences using cultural and community resources’
Bread for the World supports the implementation of our work on cultural rights. The overall goal of this programme is to enhance the cultural rights of Ugandans through heritage promotion. Activities include supporting community-based plans and micro-projects in selected districts, preserving and developing the cultural assets of ethnic minorities through language and community museums promotion, heritage education for young people and promoting a conducive policy environment for safeguarding Ugandans’ cultural rights.
The British Council through its Cultural Protection Fund supports the Foundation’s culture and climate change project. The project seeks to protect cultural heritage sites at risk from melting snow and flooding rivers in the Rwenzori and Alur Regions. The project focuses on nine sites in Rwenzori and Wang-Lei cultural heritage site in Packwach through documentation, mapping, marking and other physical interventions.
European Union (EU) in 2018 supported CCFU to recognise and unveil commemorative plaques on notable historical sites in Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe. These events were preceded by a training of photographers and researchers on how to document historical buildings and 3 seminars on the value and contribution of historical buildings and sites in Jinja, Entebbe and Kampala. The outputs of this project include maps of historical buildings and sites in Kampala, Jinja, Entebbe, Fort Portal, a mobile app and a book ‘Beyond reeds and bricks – Historical buildings and sites in Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe‘. The EU in collaboration with the SOGEA SOTOM/TF Consortium supported CCFU to produce a book titled ‘Our Railways. Our History’ which celebrates the history of railways in Uganda, their role in the lives of Ugandans who lived and worked along them, and their place in the country’s political and economic development.
Global Fund for Human Rights is currently supporting part of CCFU’s work with the Batwa (an Indigenous Minority Group). The support aims at promoting the Batwa’s engagement with local government authorities to encourage affirmative action for the minority group and encourage reflection by the authorities on the rights of the Batwa.
International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) has supported the Foundation to attend its bi-annual conference and other meetings. It also played an important role in supporting CCFU host the 2013 International Conference of National Trusts in Entebbe.
UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) supports CCFU’s work in relation to the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. CCFU is currently implementing the ‘Promoting Intangible Culture Heritage Education in tertiary institutions in Uganda‘ project 2017-2020 supported by UNESCO.
The UNESCO Regional Office in Nairobi has helped CCFU to provide technical support to community museums, including a national exhibition and small grants to implement individual museums’ plans to improve on the presentation, preservation, marketing and publicity of their collections.
UN Women is supporting CCFU to implement a project code-named Culture for Her which aims at harnessing the power of cultural resources (cultural institutions, norms, values, practices and structures) to transform negative cultural practices that perpetuate gender stereotypes, inequality and discrimination to end violence against women and girls (VAWG), promote sexual reproductive health rights and ease access to justice in Uganda.
The foundation was privileged to be supported by the following local and international organisations in the past:
Action Aid Uganda worked with CCFU to examine and strengthen the engagement of cultural institutions, in recognition of their important role in contributing to local governance and social cohesion in Uganda. CCFU was also supported to strengthen the engagement of cultural institutions in the oil and gas sector.
Culture at work Africa supported a joint project by CCFU and the Community Peace Museums and Heritage Foundation in Kenya that sought to create new spaces for the youth to appreciate inter-cultural dialogue and explore their creativity on themes that sought to address issues of public interest. The Cultural heritage clubs in Uganda and Peace clubs in Kenya enabled guided and consistent engagement with the youth.
Diakonia supported CCFU’s initiative to “Enhance women’s empowerment using culturally-defined rights” in selected communities in Northern Uganda (Gulu, Kitgum and Lamwo Districts). It was anticipated that, through this project, women and girls would develop their ability to use cultural values and practices in private and public spaces to defend their rights, while relevant cultural institutions were expected to increase their use of cultural values and practices in decision-making and conflict resolution fora to defend the rights of women in their area of jurisdiction.
Development Research and Training (DRT), with the Uganda National NGO Forum financed CCFU to engage 320 clan leaders from 5 regions to deliberate on their role and contribution to development, the outcome of which was the development of five Clan Leaders’ Charters – in the respective local languages and in English.
Irish Aid supported CCFU’s work towards the conservation of Kampala’s built heritage. With this assistance, CCFU produced and launched a map of the city’s historical sites and buildings, trained owners of historical buildings and produced documentation on selected historical edifices. This work aimed at contributing to an enhanced, sustainable protection and management of Kampala’s built heritage. It has also resulted to continued support to owners and managers of historical properties in the city and is expected to lead to legislation in regard to the preservation of historical properties in Kampala.
Plan International worked with CCFU for some years in Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe to train its local teams on applying a ‘Culture in Development’ approach in their practice and to support the development of the second edition of CCFU’s “Introducing Culture in Development – a Training Guide for Development Practitioners”.
Prince Claus Fund supported CCFU to document the experiences of community museums (in an overall publication with a film) and to record their collections in 12 mini-catalogues; and to disseminate these to the public. The catalogues provided a record of museum collections and continue to act as reference points of Uganda’s cultural diversity. The film highlighted the efforts of museums owners in preserving and promoting Uganda’s cultural heritage, their experiences as well their contribution to local development through income generation.
The Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (HIVOS)and the Kosmopolis Institute in the Netherlands supported CCFU to implement the “Promoting Pluralism Knowledge Programme (PPKP)”which involved research, documentation and advocacy activities to better understand pluralism and managing diversity in the local context and engaging with PPKP regional partners in India, Indonesia and the Netherlands. The programme worked as a coalition, bringing together 5 Ugandan universities and 8 national or regional NGO partners.
The Madhvani Group supported CCFU to launch the first ever heritage award ceremony in October 2013. The Group directly contributed to the awards given to exceptional individuals and organisations, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the preservation of Uganda’s tangible and intangible heritage.This was in the context of the 2013 International Conference of National Trusts held in Entebbe, to which several financial contributions were gratefully received.
The Uganda National NGO Forum. As part of the Citizens’ manifesto, CCFU was supported to facilitate cultural leaders to develop “A statement by Cultural Institutions in Uganda: Expectations and Aspirations 2015-2021”.
Other friends and supporters. Over the past years, CCFU has also received support from individuals and the private sector.