Uganda Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN) is a coalition of child focused organizations including community based, national and international organizations working for the welfare and the rights of children in Uganda. UCRNN envisions a society where children’s rights are realized and exists to promote a coordinated action for the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Uganda.
Established in 1997 to spearhead the writing of the NGO Alternative report to the Government of Uganda Report to the UN Committee of Experts on the Rights of the Child, UCRNN has over the years expanded its membership and scope of programs to include collective advocacy, research and capacity building.
The Network is currently guided by a 5 year Strategic Plan 2010 - 2014 with three interlinked strategic objectives; to collectively advocate for implementation of the rights and responsibilities of children, to collectively monitor implementation and promote understanding of child rights at all levels in Uganda and to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Network to fulfill its mandate. To date, the network’s core undertaking is monitoring and reporting on the commitments made by the governments of Uganda in the various legal frameworks and instruments.
Overall UCRNN has had two (2) strategic plans since 2004; the first strategic plan (2004 - 2009) focused on collective advocacy, monitoring child rights instruments, the network. This period also saw an increase in membership from the initial 30 to 106, and an increase the profile of the network evidenced by the confidence and demonstrated experience e, professionalism, track record as a promoter of children’s rights, analysis and the credible agenda and its standing among child rights stakeholders both within the outside Uganda. Some of the key highlights include sustained engagement with government on key child rights concern, active involvement in mobilizations of child actors, profiling child rights in the national development agenda like the PEAP/NDP, creation of a vehicle for engagement with policy makers through the initiation of the Uganda Parliamentary forum for Children (UPFC).
The second strategic plan launched in 2010 continued to focus on; collective advocacy, monitoring and promoting child rights instrument and institutional development. The network gained prominence in providing leadership in setting the agenda on child rights in the country despite the changing socio - economic context, sky rocketing inflation and the increasingly changing operating context for CSOs and the growing debate around relevance of CSOs in Uganda’s development discourse. Both strategic periods registered a number of successes.
UCRNN is currently implementing a 4 year strategic plan that runs from 2014-18