WYNET selected to lead on a USAID Funded Project

West Nile Youth Network (WYNET) has been identified, by a consortium of four Ugandan civil society organizations: Uganda National NGO Forum (www.ngoforum.or.ug); Forum for Women in Democracy (www.fowode.org); Uganda Youth Network (www.uyonet.or.ug); and Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (www.gliss.org) as the regional focal point and implementing partner for the Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Elections (SCENE) project in West Nile region.

SCENE is a three-year project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), whose overall goal is to contribute towards creating a proactive and engaged citizenry actively influencing electoral and political processes in Uganda and holding governance institutions accountable.
The project has four specific interrelated objectives:

  1. increasing citizen participation in electoral and political processes
  2. contributing towards a stronger, accountable and responsive electoral process
  3. nurturing a culture of value driven and responsible leadership, and
  4. building a strong coordination mechanism for improved citizen engagement in electoral processes.

WYNET was selected based on track record, respect among the sector in the region, and institutional capacity to lead on such work. WYNET will thus be the heads of the project's regional focal point organizations in West Nile Region and, will co-ordinate, monitor and implement the project activities in the region. In addition, WYNET and other regional focal point organizations will form a platform for learning and adaptation.

Through a series of demand-side and supply side interventions, WYNET will support the SCENE project in mobilizing and organizing citizens to effectively engage with elections management agencies and state governance institutions to rekindle the spirit of responsibility and accountability among stakeholders in the ongoing electoral and political processes.

The SCENE project is designed to deliver interventions on both the demand side and supply side that will achieve the following results:

  • Increased citizens’ participation in the electoral process;
  • Improved accountability and responsiveness of the electoral system and governance institutions.
  • Increased number of value-driven leaders taking up leadership positions.
  • Increased CSO capacity to facilitate and coordinate citizen participation and effective engagement in electoral and political process.