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    Lira Municipality, Lira
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Profile & History

Our History

In 2004, in the middle of a ragging human rights crisis obtaining in northern Uganda, Eunice Apio sat down with her friends Joy Acen and Fred Ebil to form FAPAD. Their expectation was that by mobilizing local voices and investing in local solutions, impunity would be put to check and livelihoods improved. The first manifestation of those efforts was a high impact pilot project on land and property rights of women in Apac district in 2004, which mapped key realities that perpetually kept women in poverty. These included lack of spaces for decision-making within domestic and public spaces, lack of access to justice resources, and high levels of ignorance on rights. These features led to the setting of a legal aid desk at FAPAD that worked hand in hand to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms at the grassroots, spearheaded by 1,536 paralegals. Lessons learnt subsequently fed into new ideas and innovations for broader, more comprehensive redress mechanisms across the sub region. Down the years, these innovations evolved to cut across thematic areas of: food and income security, accountable governance, access to justice and child protection, women’s rights and climate change adaptation. These interventions reflect the ever-changing contextual environments, and the need to constantly reflect and innovate more responsive ways that address both stubborn and new challenges. We have also been cognizant of the new technological environment that continues to rapidly transform the development terrain, which any learning organization must tap into for relevance and impact.

Who we are

We are a non-governmental and non-profit organization which relies on donations from individuals and organizations. These funds, which vary annually, are primarily used to fund programs and interventions and support the running of the organization.

FAPAD is governed by its bye-laws, which dictates its governance structure. The board of directors is composed of the chairperson, treasurer, two members and the Executive Director who also serves as its secretary. The Executive Director is assisted by the Program Manager and the Finance and Administration Manager, who are responsible for the daily operation of the organization and supervision of line managers of different units such as Finance and Administration, Governance and Advocacy, Legal Aid, Social Protection, and Food and Income Security.