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.
UN Women is supporting CCFU to implement a project cord-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) and harmful practices, and to promote Sexual Reproductive Health Rights in Uganda.
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 three 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.
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.
The Arcus Foundation is currently supporting CCFU’s culture and conservation project which involves working with a. cultural leaders to highlight their role in conservation, especially of totems and in partivular the chimpanzee, b. private forest owners and c. youth – through inter-generational dialogues and an inter-clan football tournament. In 2014, the 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‘.
Diakonia supports CCFU’s initiative to “Enhance women’s empowerment using culturally-defined rights” in selected communities in Northern Uganda (Gulu, Kitgum and Lamwo Districts). It is anticipated that, through this project, women and girls will develop their ability to use cultural values and practices in private and public spaces to defend their rights, while relevant cultural institutions are 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.
Culture at work Africa is currently supporting a joint project by CCFU and the Community Peace Museums and Heritage Foundation in Kenya that seeks to create new spaces for the youth to appreciate inter-cultural dialogue and explore their creativity on themes that seek to address issues of public interest. The Cultural heritage clubs in Uganda and Peace clubs in Kenya will enable guided and consistent engagement with the youth.
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.
European Union (EU) In 2018, with support from the EU, CCFU recognized and unveiled 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 and Entebbe, a mobile app and a book ‘Beyond reeds and bricks – Historical buildings and sites in Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe‘
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Plan International has 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”.
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.
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.
Other friends and supporters Over the past years, CCFU has also received support from individuals and the private sector (including through a recent crowdfunding initiative. To make a donation to our programme work, or link us up to potential funders