In a significant move towards fostering transparency, accountability, and collaboration, the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) on Thursday, 11th April, 2024, conducted a productive interactive dialogue session between its executive board  and management staff.

The session, held at Kabira Country Club in Kampala, provided a platform for open communication, mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge, and alignment of strategic priorities between the leadership and the coalition. This dialogue was supported by Civ Fund, a  strategic partner of the coalition.

During the dialogue session, board members and staff engaged in constructive discussions aimed at aligning organizational strategies with the coalition’s mission of promoting and protecting human rights in Uganda.

Discussions centered around the relationship between board and staff and topics of discussion included: staff welfare and renumeration, duration of contracts,program implementation, recruitment, policy development, disciplinary action/communications and resource mobilization strategies for the coalition.

The interactive dialogue session fostered a spirit of collaboration, mutual respect, and shared commitment to advancing human rights in Uganda. Participants expressed optimism about the coalition’s ability to address challenges effectively and seize opportunities for positive change.

In her speech following the dialogue session, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya the Board Chair underscored the significance of such engagements in promoting good governance, accountability, and stakeholder participation within the coalition. she reaffirmed the coalition’s dedication to upholding human rights principles and serving as a leading voice for promoting and protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) in Uganda.

In his remarks, the executive director, Robert R. Kirenga  thanked the board for its strategic leadership and oversight. He noted that the organization had experienced growth in the last three which the audits had equally indicated. He appealed to staff to be open and air out any concerns relating to the work place environment and urged them to seize any existing opportunities for continuous individual  growth to remain competitive and relevant.

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda remains committed to building on the outcomes of the dialogue session to strengthen its impact and contribute to a more just and rights-respecting society in Uganda.


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