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The Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU)

CCFU_Elder - Youth

From elders to young people! Learning traditional dances at Mother Thereza School, Adjumani, Uganda

CCFU is a non-governmental organisation established in 2005 on the premise that culture is not sufficiently taken into account in development work and that, as a result, many development initiatives are not sustained because they tend to depend on external thinking and resources. CCFU exists to promote the recognition of culture as vital for human development that responds to our national identity and diversity, through the following objectives:

a)    To promote culture as a resource for development thinking and practice through research, documentation and training

b)    To promote and preserve cultural heritage through support to community initiatives and education.

c)     To enhance an appreciation of cultural diversity and identity as a source of knowledge and social cohesion.

CCFU is an accredited NGO to the UNESCO Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and is a member of the International National Trust Organisation (INTO).

Year of accreditation: 2012

Main Domain(s): (a) oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
 
(c) social practices, rituals and festive events; 
(d) knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe.

Main Safeguarding measures: a) identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making); c) promotion, enhancement; d) transmission, (non-) formal education;  f) Others – Traditional knowledge and practice in relation to development and good governance

CCFU_Drawing on Culture to fight HIV

Drawing on Culture to fight HIV

a) The Foundation has documented Uganda’s intangible cultural heritage in a number of areas. CCFU has published case studies that explore culture in relation to Governance, Cultural Institutions, Languages, HIV/AIDS, Education, Gender, Social Protection, Herbal Medicine and Economic relevance. Our publications can be accessed on-line.

b) CCFU works to promote the cultural rights of all communities, especially those of indigenous minority groups. It recently supported their efforts to preserve and promote their orthography and creative literature, resulting in “Speaking out!”, a publication which present a rich mix of creative contributions from 13 different minority groups (click here)

c) CCFU supports more than 80 cultural heritage clubs in Uganda’s secondary schools through the Heritage Education Programme. Out of the classroom, young people learn about their culture and heritage. Schools are linked to community museums as points of reference on cultural heritage and through CCFU’s work with the National Curriculum Development Centre, culture has been incorporated in the new secondary schools curriculum to be rolled out in 2017.

CCFU also delivers an intensive training cycle which provides knowledge on cultural concepts and approaches, and tests culture-specific field tools and cultural analysis frameworks. A “Culture in Development” training guide for development practitioners has been developed to this effect.

f) In line with CCFU’s objective to promote cultural rights, governance and managing diversity, CCFU has been involved in examining and documenting the relevance of traditional cultural governance systems in development processes. Many of these involve interactions with Cultural Leaders. These interactions included facilitating the development of a Uganda clan leaders’ charter, inter-cultural dialogues in the Rwenzori region and a a statement by the nation’s cultural leaders on their aspirations and expectations in the coming 5 years.

Main countries where the NGO works: Uganda

Local, national or international level of the NGO: National

CCFU_Cultural leaders launching their Statement

Cultural leaders launching the Cultural Institutions’ Statement on their expectations and aspirations for the period 2016-2020

 

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6 Comments

  • Where exactly are u found(location) in uganda. Thanks for the great work.

    • Dear Dave,

      Please visit to get clear directions to our offices at Makerere Hill.

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Aliguma, CCFU

  • Training of Rural Women in Uganda [TORUWU]
    P.O BOX 29544 KAMPALA UGANDA.
    Dear Friends at Cross Cultural Foundation .
    Thanks a lot for promoting culture in our Country Uganda through your different projects.
    We are an NGO found in kikajjo village,nsangi sub county,wakiso district of Uganda empowering; Women,Youths and children through our several programs/projects to include; Brass Band and Cultural music for the Youths.
    Kindly we are request to be part of your Programs .
    Kindly View our Website; http://WWW.TORUWU.ORG.
    Yours.
    Augustine Yiga.
    Chairman/Founder.
    256-782-474513

    • Dear Augustine,

      Greetings from the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) and thank
      you for contacting us!

      As you may have read on our website (ccfu@crossculturalfoundation.or.ug), CCFU is dedicated to promoting the
      recognition of culture as vital for human development that responds to our identity and diversity. One of our main programmes focuses on Heritage preservation and development where we work with local initiatives to preserve and protect important aspects of our heritage.

      We urge you to visit our website for detailed information on our work and let us know which areas may be of potential interest and collaboration with you.

      Where as CCFU is not primarily a funding organization, we will look you up should we have a project directly linked to your work.

      Sincerely,

      Aliguma Ahabyona
      CCFU

  • Thanks for the work your doing in preserving our heritage and culture
    Am a member of organization called
    Bunyoro Kitara National forum(Bukinf)
    We are organizing Cultural event show at Uganda museum in the forth coming months ahead. How best can we work with you people.
    We are looking into visiting your office very soon thanks

    • Dear Barongo Godfrey Masengere, CCFU has worked with the Cultural Institution in Bunyoro and other partners and we have in the past organised (or supported cultural events).
      Kindly visit our offices for a discussion.
      Aliguma
      CCFU

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