Demographic Data

  • Total Population: 37.78 million
  • Population under 15 years: 48%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 59 years
  • Human Development Index: 163 out of 188
  • World Bank Status: Low income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence (age 15-49): 7.3%
  • Mean Household Composition: 4.9 persons
  • Female-Headed Households: 29.5%
  • Early Marriage (% of children married by 18 years): 40%

Sources: World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP HDR 2015, DHS 2011

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Stephen Ucembe - Hope and Homes for Children13 May 2019

In this blog post for Hope and Homes for Children, Stephen Ucembe writes about the damaging impacts of orphanages in the African context. 

Carol Natukunda - New Vision11 Apr 2019

A recent media engagement on the effect of growing up in institutionalized care in Kampala, organized by Child’s i Foundation, revealed how children in orphanages are often mistreated, some even denied food, according to this article from New Vision.

Bryan C. McCannon & Zachary Rodriguez - Journal of International Development8 Apr 2019

This article investigates whether individuals who were orphaned as a child suffer long‐term consequences on their pro‐sociality.

Paul Mukisa Bukuluki, Sarah Kamya, Rogers Kasirye, Anna Nabulya - Emerging Adulthood27 Feb 2019

This article explores the agency enablers and the factors which hinder adolescents and emerging adults transitioning from care to adulthood, with an emphasis on the transition into work taking a case study of the Uganda Youth Development Link.

Fred Mutenyo, Simba Machingaidze, Walter Okello, Moses Otai, Monica Asekenye - Global Social Welfare14 Feb 2019

This open access paper documents the Deinstitutionalization of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Uganda (DOVCU) project, articulating the logical steps that were undertaken to identify districts, Child Care Institutions (CCIs), Remand Homes (RH), sub-counties, and parishes to work with. It also seeks to categorically outline the inclusive process that was used to examine push and pull factors of family-child separation, identify households at risk of family-child separation “prevention households,” identify reunifying children and trace their households “reintegrating households,” and assess and classify in quantified terms the level of vulnerability in both at risk and separated households.

Kate West - BBC News17 Jan 2019

At least 60 illegal orphanages and children's homes in Uganda are being funded by UK charities, church groups and volunteers, according to this article from BBC News.

Anna Darling - Lumos Voices15 Jan 2019

This news post from Lumos highlights the recent BBC piece on "the vast sums of international funding that go to orphanages in Uganda, many of which are operating illegally."

Anna Cavell - BBC Radio 415 Jan 2019

In this segment from BBC Radio 4, File on 4 reports from Uganda on conditions in UK-funded orphanages where, in the worst cases, children are neglected, exploited and abused by orphanage staff, tourists, volunteers, and donors.

AVSI Foundation1 Jan 2019

This report describes the FARE project - a subproject of ASPIRES that sought to develop evidence and programming guidance for matching contextually appropriate economic interventions with specifically targeted households to reintegrate separated children into families and prevent unnecessary separation of children from their families - and summarizes achievements, challenges, and learning.

Ronald Luwangula, Janestic M. Twikirize, Justus Twesigye and Stanley Kitimbo - Social Work Practice in Africa: Indigenous and Innovative Approaches1 Jan 2019

This chapter from Social Work Practice in Africa: Indigenous and Innovative Approaches showcases examples of home-grown indigenous and innovative models of social work practice in Uganda, including local models for addressing the HIV/AIDS orphan crisis in Rakai district.