Theory of change

IDF theory of change supposes that small and medium funded CSOs working at the individual, community and District level:-

  • Will be able to establish and strengthen local polices and systems that support the promotion of human rights and good governance at the local level
  • Create a knowledgeable and active citizenry contributing to reduction of human rights violations incidences and poor governance and
  • Strengthen systems that will enable more cases of human rights violations reported and attended to. These combined are expected to result in responsive, accountable local governments to human rights and accountability demands by citizens, thus strengthening the protection of human rights and good governance in Uganda. This is further illustrated in the chart below



How we work

We work primarily by supporting projects implemented by Civil Society organizations and Community Based Organizations working to promote human rights and good governance at the grassroots level. Through our grantees across different parts of the country, we continue to support efforts to empower the poor, protect the vulnerable and promote human rights.

We also focus our grant making on promoting open, inclusive and accountable governance-not only essential to ensure better public spending and service delivery, but are also central to human rights.

Over the past 8 years, IDF realized its vision by providing grants to civil-society organizations for projects and operations through the Human Rights and Good Governance Programmes, which focused on promoting access to justice and information, as well as public participation in the affairs of government, with the ultimate aim of creating a robust civil society capable of challenging and improving governance capacity to deliver human rights.

We see our work as valuable in terms of strengthening the capacity of grassroots organizations to participate as agents of change, including monitoring and holding government and other duty bearers accountable; but also as a long-term means to: build local capacity and institutional expertise to take on increasingly large-scale projects, to promote innovation and flexibility, and help ensure that the work we fund is contextually appropriate.

Areas of operation

IDF supports projects in all parts of the country in Uganda. Currently, IDF is supporting projects in 38 countries across the country as shown in the map below

Map of Uganda showing the distribution of IDF grantees



Organizational Structure

IDF runs its duties through the secretariat that is supervised by the board. Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the Secretariat runs its programmes under three sections which include;

  • The Programme Support Unit which mans the granting process, provides support to the grantees and ensures compliance of grantees to IDF guidelines.
  • The Programme Results Unit which documents results and disseminates information to communicate impact and the relevancy of the programmes supported.
  • The Finance Unit manages the funds disbursed to grantees and establish systems and guidelines to enable grantees to build effective financial systems for proper utilization of funds disbursed.