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InterAid Uganda is a Non-Governmental Organization established in 1986. It is registered with the Ugandan National NGO Board in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Its membership to other organisations include: Intergovernmental Authority and Development (IGAD) CSO Uganda Chapter, Uganda National NGO Forum, Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organization (UNASO), Network of Ugandan Researchers and Research Users (NURRU), and the Gender Based Violence Network (GBVN) in Uganda. InterAid is involved in programs geared towards the protection and improvement of lives of disadvantaged people living in urban and rural areas in Uganda and in the Great Lakes Region in general. Since 1992, IAU has had consistent and gradual expansion of its activities. While the major focus has been on protection and humanitarian assistance to urban asylum seekers and refugees that rose from 5,000 to the current number of about 60,000. Working within the humanitarian laws and various development programmes of Uganda, IAU has made various significant achievements. In the tripartite partnership that brings Uganda Government, UNHCR and IAU together, IAU expanded urban refugee activities from documentation and processing of asylum seekers applications to a large programme that include early childhood activities, micro-credit, counselling, legal representation. As a result, IAU staff strength increased from 10 in early 1990’s to a current 102 in 2015. The funding base has also increased from millions of Uganda Shillings to billions indicative of growth and expansion of programmes. Outside refugee related work, in 1998 IAU was mandated to function as a witness NGO for the resettlement of people displaced by the construction of the Uganda's second electricity generation dam, the Bujagali 500 Megawatt facility. IAU witnessed and reported on the compensation and resettlement of the 2,200 households and 720 landowners affected by the project. During the same period IAU initiated and implemented the following projects:

  • HIV and AIDS prevention in 9 districts in Uganda in partnership with 13 Community Based Organisations (CBOs) with support from Global Fund;
  • HIV and AIDS prevention in 10 fishing communities in Rakai district in partnership with Rakai Community Based Health Care with funding Support from Civil Society Fund;
  • Rain water harvesting project in communities, schools and health centre in Nyarusiza Sub County, Kisoro District with funding support from the Japanese Grassroots Projects;
  • A gravitation water scheme in Gasheregenyi in Kisoro district with funding from the World Bank, 
  • Environmental protection project in schools in Koboko funded by ECO-TRUST ,
  • Environment protection project among refugees in Kiryandongo resettlement funded by UNHCR. 
  • IAU also partnered with Refugee Action in the United Kingdom to provide services to returning Ugandans from Diaspora returning to settle in Uganda Currently, IAU has mandate as the Secretary to the IGAD-Uganda Civil Society Forum. 

The evolution of IAU dates back in 1980’s when International Christian Aid (ICA) started work in Karamoja region. At that time it was managed from Maryland in the USA. Each country office of ICA developed capacity and gained autonomy. In the case of ICA (Uganda), it was locally incorporated according to Uganda’s Companies Act of 1961 and as a result IAU got autonomy with a governance Board of its own. In early 1990s, as a relief organization, IAU in Karamoja region provided animal traction training to farmers, supported the education sector by rehabilitating schools and providing scholastic materials to pupils, constructed a health unit and provided food relief to the hungry. In 1993, in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, IAU supported 12,000 mainly Sudanese refugees with aid for education, health, agriculture and environment protection services. InterAid constructed the road network within the settlement supported the host surrounding communities by building schools in collaboration with the then Masindi District Local Government. In the midle 1990s, IAU was also involved in an environment management programme in Koboko where it built office blocks for the environment office and Koboko transit camp for refugees. In 1995/6 IAU equipped street children with vocational skills so that they could engage in gainful employment and live a decent life using the acquired skills. During the same year, IAU started the Urban Refugee programme with support from UNHCR which has been expanding to this day. InterAid is currently well known as an agency that protects urban refugees but its programmes transcend urban refugees to include disadvantaged Ugandans and the Most At Risk in hard to reach areas. At the current policy making level, there is a governing Board of 7 Directors (3 female, 4 male) whose member’s individual capacities comprise of competences and extensive experience on humanitarian issues, refugees, gender and development including health.


InterAid (Uganda) envisions a World of disadvantaged communities empowered for sustainable development


The raison d’être of InterAid (Uganda) is: to contribute to the protection of human rights of the disadvantaged communities and improving their social-economic well-being

                                    IAU POLICY ORGAN

InterAid Uganda Ltd has at the policy making level a governing Board of Directors whose members’ individual capacities comprise of competencies, wide experiences and qualifications on humanitarian issues, displaced persons, human rights, environment, gender, health, HIV/AIDS, institutional capacity building, and strategies for intervention, monitoring and evaluation. The IAU Board executes its functions through two Sub-Committees, namely; (i) Finance, Human Resources and Administration (ii) Fundraising and Programmes

                                              Core Values

In pursuit of its mission, IAU will be guided by a commitment to team work, volunteerism, equity and fairness while promoting participation, integrity, transparency, accountability with participation, innovativeness and adaptability to emerging conditions.

                                              Thematic Areas

InterAid Uganda Limited, Thematic Program Areas; IAU in its strategic planning chose specific thematic program areas on which to concentrate so as to contribute to the mission. IAU programs therefore fall under the following areas;

  • Rights Protection
  • Education
  • Livelihood & Food Security
  • Health (HIV&AIDS; Malaria ; Maternal and Reproductive Health)
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
  • Environment &Disaster Management




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