Programme areas and target groups

  • Karamoja: Amudat District
  • Acholi: Nwoya District, Agago District, Pader District
  • West Nile: Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, Imvepi Refugee Settlement (Arua District), Bidibidi Refugee Settlement (Yumbe District) and host communities

ZOA Uganda is active in the following sectors:

  • Peace building
  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Basic education
  • WASH

What we do

In Uganda, ZOA works in two different settings. In West Nile Region, ZOA works on relief and recovery with refugees and host communities. In Acholi and Karamoja Region, ZOA works on recovery with former internally displaced people. Working in close cooperation with the communities we serve, our goal is to create viable impact.

West Nile: refugees and host community

With more than 1 million refugees from mainly South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda is the largest refugee hosting country on the African continent. ZOA responds to urgent Food Security, Livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Basic Education needs of both refugees and host communities.

Under the EU Emergency Trust Fund, ZOA works towards improved livelihood and peaceful coexistence of refugees and host communities. ZOA furthermore builds capacity and resilience of 5,000 youth, equipping them with employable, societal and business skills.

More than half of all refugees in Uganda is child and schools in and around the settlements are overwhelmed by the enormous needs. Besides a general lack of infrastructure, quality of education is highly compromised. ZOA works towards a future for both refugee and host community children by supporting them with go-back-to-school packages, including menstrual hygiene packages, and school feeding.

Acholi: farmers and vulnerable youth

In Acholi Region, we help to re-build peaceful and stable communities that faced years of displacement during the conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the government of Uganda. The region currently struggles with land conflicts, which limits sustainable access to land for (vulnerable) farmers.

ZOA works towards improved land security by supporting farmers to register their parcel and secure their land. Between 2016-2018, almost 4,000 landowners secured their land rights. Our farming skills training further supports farmers to engage in climate-smart agricultural practices.

ZOA furthermore supports 1,250 former drop-out children with accelerated education and 3,500 vulnerable youth receive vocational training through placements at Vocational Skills Institutes and apprenticeships.

Karamoja: pastoralist returnee communities

In Amudat District, Karamoja Region, ZOA supports (agro-)pastoralist returnee communities who were forced to flee to neighbouring Kenya as a result of intensive intertribal cattle rustling. In a region that is one of the poorest and marginalised of Uganda, our holistic approach supports sustainable recovery and development.

With the long-term support of private donors, we support quality education and help communities to engage in agriculture and bee-keeping. We work with female and male-role models and faith-based institutions to counteract Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of gender based violence. We create awareness among communities about the importance of education, as education is the key towards development.

Donors and partners

With funding from:

Government of the United States (BPRM), EuropeAid, the European Commission, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda, ELMA Foundation, Geneva Global, Stichting Pharus, ZOA Business Ambassadors, Stichting Dioraphte, Stichting Wees Een Kans, and Stichting Draagt Elkanders Lasten and ENABLE.

In partnership with:

Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Save the Children, Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD), Malteser International (MI), International Aid Services (IAS), War Child Holland, ICCO, WOMENA, CCF, Nwoya District Local Government, Acholi Religious Leadership Initiative, Light for the World, NET Foundation, Amudat Interreligious Development Initiative.

ZOA Uganda is ambassador of the ‘Make 12.4% Work Initiative’, and works towards improving employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.