The Batwa are among the most marginalized indigenous minority groups in Uganda and their plight has attracted interventions from both State and non-State institutions, both to ensure welfare and to protect their rights, some of which have recorded a good measure of success.
After their eviction from their forests for conservation purposes, the plight of the Batwa in South Western Uganda attracted attention and interventions, mostly by non state actors, with varying degrees of success.
Documenting Best practices and lessons learnt
To encourage the exchange of information between the various Batwa groups and intervening agencies, CCFU conducted research to document the most successful experiences and interviewed Batwa representatives to solicit their reactions to such interventions.
The documentation covered organisations operating in Kabale, Rubanda, Kisoro and Kanungu districts
CCFU documented best practices and lessons learnt in a report on ‘Working with the Batwa Communities in South Western Uganda’. The report highlights the factors that have enabled some Batwa to adapt to their changed living environment following their eviction from the forest.
“…I feel treasured and respected as a Mutwa to be allowed to look for a place I wish to live in.” Maromba Dorotia, Busaro, Kisoro District
“…The most Significant change in my life is capacity to stand up and speak for myself and my fellow Batwa. UOBDU trained us on our rights and took us through meetings where they encouraged us to speak out.” Eriyasi Habyarimana, Rutegyendyere, Kisoro District
Launching the ‘Working with the Batwa Communities in South Western Uganda’
The report was launched on 31st October 2019 in Kabale town with interactions between different stakeholders and the Batwa. CCFU envisions that it will foster cooperation and exchange of information among agencies working with the Batwa.
CCFU has worked with various minority groups across the country to promote their cultural rights by documenting their oral history, supporting advocacy initiatives, assisting access to land and livelihood interventions, enterprise development and access to education.