Welcome to DENIVA

Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) is Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that provides a platform for collective reflection, action and voice to voluntary local associations to advocate for people-centered, accountable and sustainable development in Uganda.

DENIVA was founded in 1988 by 21 Civil Society Organizations as a network of  Ugandan NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and has grown to over 700 Member Organizations (MO), located in all regions of Uganda.

DENIVA’s program areas are (i) Governance and Human Rights; (ii) Sustainable Livelihoods; and (iii) Strengthening of Civil Society Organizations. Gender Mainstreaming and Youth Empowerment are cross cutting themes. DENIVA is also the  Secretariat of the NGO Quality Assurance Mechanism (QuAM) and Secretariat for the Eastern Africa Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

Vision

A responsible society where all Ugandans meet their needs and enjoy their rights

Mission

Promoting good governance and improved livelihoods through capacity development, information sharing and advocacy.

Programmes

Livelihood Improvement

This is one of the major programmes in DENIVA. It aims at supporting MOs with skills and knowledge in order to advocate pro-poor and gender sensitive policies through programmes in agriculture, trade, climate change and improved service delivery. Some of the key issues addressed under this programme include:

  1. Working through MOs to analyse agricultural policies in order to produce alternatives in favour of the poor particularly the small scale farmers.
  2. Researching, documentation and sharing options on favourable trade policies at national, regional and international levels and their effect on people’s livelihoods.
  3. Building capacities of all sections of the communities to adapt to climate change through awareness campaigns, piloting adaptation actions, research and strengthening partnerships at various levels
  4. Promoting food security through influencing policies, resource management and distribution and people participation at all levels.

Good Governance

The programme aims at strengthening and nurturing partnerships across Ugandan communities and groups in an effort to make democracy work for all citizens. The programme works for social, economic and political accountability of local and national Governments. It focuses on the following areas:

  1. Enhancing capacity of MOs and other CSOs to mobilize and demand their rights to actively participate in democratic governance processes at all levels.
  2. Promoting accountability at central and local government levels in areas of Universal Primary Education, Primary Health Care and Agriculture.
  3. Engage with policy reform processes particularly the decentralization policy.
  4. Advocating for a favourable CSO operating environment

CSO Strengthening

DENIVA has a long term experience in providing capacity building services to CSOs as one of its key mandates. This ranges from research, proposal development, presentation and facilitation skills; negotiation and networking skills; governance of civil society organizations; lobbying and advocacy as well as financial management among others. This programme focused on the following areas:

  1. Enhancing collective lobbying and advocacy for favourable legal regulatory and policy environment for CSOs.
  2. Promoting internal accountability and capacity of CSOs through QuAM.
  3. Capacity building of MOs in programming, internal systems and governance
  4. Supporting communication and information sharing between DENIVA, its membership and other stakeholders.

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Our History


Our History

Where we are coming from

Where we are coming from

The Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) is a legally constituted network of non-governmental and community based organizations (NGOs/CBOs). It provides a platform for collective reflection, action and voice to voluntary local associations to strongly advocate the creation of more opportunities for the citizens and civ...

DENIVA as host of the Quality Assurance Mechanism (QuAM) Secretariat

In 2006, DENIVA and Uganda National NGO Forum as co-promoters developed the Quality Assurance Mechanism (QuAM) for Civil Society Organizations working in Uganda. QuAMis a voluntary self-assessment and regulatory mechanism designed to strengthen the internal governance, professionalism, transparency, integrity and accountability of NGOs to stakeholders. 

DENIVA hosts the secretariat for the NGOs Quality Assurance Mechanism (QuAM) and is responsible for certifying all CSOs operating in Uganda based on a set of standards. QuAM certification of NGOs enhances their capacities, standards and ethical conduct and consequently raises their credibility and legitimacy. QuAM has three certificates, namely: Basic, Standard and Advanced.

DENIVA/QuAM is proud to be a partner of the Global Standard for Civil Society Accountability that brings together nine civil society accountability networks from around the world to develop a commonly accepted Global Standard for CSO Accountability.

Read more: DENIVA as host of the Quality Assurance Mechanism (QuAM) Secretariat

DENIVA as host of QuAM Secretariat.

In 2006, DENIVA and Uganda National NGO Forum as co-promoters developed the Quality Assurance Mechanism (QuAM) for NGOs working in Uganda as a voluntary self-assessment and regulatory mechanism designed to strengthen the internal governance, professionalism, transparency, integrity and accountability of NGOs to stakeholders.  QuAM certification of NGOs enhances their capacities, standards and ethical conduct and consequently raises their credibility and legitimacy. QuAM has three certificates, namely: Basic, Standard and Advanced. To date, over 160 NGOs have gone through the certification process. Has your organization been QuAM certified? Contact the QuAM Secretariat at DENIVA.DENIVA/QuAM is proud to be a partner of the Global Standard for Civil Society Accountability that brings together nine civil society accountability networks from around the world to develop a commonly accepted Global Standard for CSO Accountability.

Read more on the QuAM Website

Development Approaches

  1. DENIVA partners with Member Organizations (MOs) to mobilize and empower local communities through Neighborhood Assemblies (NAs). These are People’s Parliaments or platforms where citizens are able to raise pertinent issues that affect their local communities and actively engage in generating solutions and hold local governments accountable.
  2. DENIVA conducts research to generate information for evidence based advocacy to engage government in the formulate, review and implementation of policies and programs in favor of marginalized groups like women, children, internally displaced persons and persons with disabilities. DENIVA partners with MOs to implement projects that address community challenges and make a difference in the lives of the people. Reflection meetings between the implementing organizations are organized for peer review and to come up with collective actions and voice.
  3. DENIVA advocates for a conducive environment for civil society to operate. It amplifies voices from the grassroots through the media, publications, DENIVA website and networks at the national, regional and international levels.  DENIVA aims at building an empowered, courageous and vibrant citizenry that demands for a Uganda that is democratic, accountable and with efficient institutions that serve its people.DENIVA is a member of regional and international partnerships that foster mutual learning, sharing of best practices and documentation of experiences.

DENIVA as host of the Secretariat for the Regional Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

DENIVA is a member of the Global Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (GNDR) and currently hosts the Regional Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), that brings together representatives from over eight countries from Eastern Africa to share experiences and plan strategies on resilience and disaster reduction.

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DENIVA PROGRAMS AND KEY OBJECTIVES

Governance and Human Rights

Governance and Human Rights

The Governance and Human Rights Program aims at strengthening and nurturing partnerships and communities to advocate for a democracy that serves all citizens in Uganda. The program works for social, economic and political accountability of local and...

Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable Livelihoods

The Sustainable Livelihoods Program aims at supporting MOs with skills and knowledge in order to advocate pro-poor and gender sensitive policies through programmes in agriculture, trade, climate change and improved service delivery. The objectives a...

Civil Society Organisation Strengthening

Civil Society Organisation Strengthening

DENIVA has a long term experience in providing capacity building services to CSOs as one of its key mandates. Organizational development interventions ranges from research, proposal development, presentation and facilitation skills; negotiation and n...

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