The journey of IDF as a grant making process

The Independent Development Fund (IDF) established in 2008 is an indigenous grant making organization, incorporated in Uganda as a company limited by guarantee by leading Civil Society Organization (CSO) networks. Over the years, IDF has transformed from an idea sown and nurtured by leading national networks in Uganda into a robust, nationally versatile, efficient, effective and transparent grant making organization, and an institution of choice for grant makers in Uganda.

Since 2008, IDF has provided financial and technical support to more than 148 organisations directly reaching out to over 2 million people in 101 districts across Uganda contributing to the achievement of human rights, good governance, and rule of law, local democracy and better quality of life. This is out of 69 million dollar investment received and spent in nurturing these grass root organizations. This huge investment has created tremendous impact at the grassroot as evidenced in IDF publications including the annual reports, newsletters and the recently concluded evaluation of the current strategic plan.  Over 60 organisations we have groomed are now able to share results at both national and international level and more than 10 organizations have been able to attract more funds after having IDF as their first donor.

IDF currently receives its funding support through the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF); -and is engaged in the delivery of a range of support services to the country’s civil society organizations as a strategy to strengthen their individual capacities to better contribute to the national human rights, civil rights, good governance and poverty reduction efforts.

IDF aims to;

  • Build civic consciousness and competence among the public, particularly among the vulnerable and disadvantaged population.
  • Provide support that enhances community mobilization, activism and access to redress mechanisms.
  • Promote and open new frontiers in grant making for the protection and observance of human rights at the sub national level.
  • Build an efficient, effective, relevant and responsive strategy implementation structure at IDF.

This is done through providing grants to CSOs under the two main objectives:

  • Promotion of a human rights approach, supporting and facilitating citizens to access and understand laws and government policies that will impact on their human rights.
  • Enabling civil society and the public engage effectively with Government on issues of human rights and associated good governance, poverty reduction and local democracy initiatives.

Our Vision

A vibrant indigenous civil society contributing to the achievement of human rights, good governance, rule of law and local democracy.

Our Mission

To enable indigenous CSOs access grants through an efficient grant making system.

Our Goal

IDF to transit into a highly efficient and transparent grant making institution for small and medium-sized organizations working on human rights and good governance issues at local level, and a grant manager of choice for funding partners aiming at enhancing protection, fulfilment and observance of human rights and good governance in Uganda .We fulfill our mission and goal through two interdependent strategies;

  • Making grants and providing grants management support to community-based organizations engaged in work to promote human rights and good governance.
  • Sharing knowledge, know-how and lessons learnt that emerge from the projects that we support. Central to our work is the ongoing effort to document and analyse the projects we support with the aim of;
    • Gathering practical approaches that may be useful within a variety of programme environments-an important step towards improving practice.
    • Learning lessons to inform our future grant making processes.
    • Influencing the agenda by sharing lessons relevant to policy and practice widely.

IDF Core Values

  • Professionalism: means timely services; effectiveness; quality services; efficiency; accountability; supportiveness; accessibility.
  • Integrity: means adherence to moral and ethical principles. Consequently, IDF in its programming and implementation shall adhere to the principles of social justice, fairness, transparency, objectivity and enforce appropriate performance standards.
  • Learning: means being open to new ideas and creating new knowledge and letting it influence what is being done. IDF shall develop innovative models in grant management and Civil society funding, share and document.
  • Inclusiveness: Means that IDF will view human rights from a broad point of view and be accessible to targeted beneficiaries, employee affordable approaches to grant management and be objective.