African Youth Initiative Network

AYINET - Uganda

Public understanding and ownership as well as Victims' participation is  key to the success of transitional justice: " As victims we are ready to participate "

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The Hon. Minister of Internal Affairs  Gen Aronda Nyakairima's opening remarks. "The government is ready and willing to work with you to achieve national reconciliation. peace and justice."

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The Director AYINET, Mr. Victor OCHEN, gives an overview  of the conference "alone we cannot achieve much, together we can move forward as a country.

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Communities with credible leadership that represents the culture of human rights.


AYINET is committed  to  partnerships at all levels aimed at creating new horizons for sustainable peace and justice


To mobilize and empower the youth and communities in promoting healthy, peaceful and just society.

Our Objectives

1. Providing Medical and Psychosocial Rehabilitation as a Form of Remedy for War Victims


2. Empowering Victims for Active Participation in Transitional Justice


3. Engaging and Empowering Youth as Leaders, Youth at Risk and Youth as Game Changers

Latest News

The first public screening of Invisible Children’s video Kony 2012 in northern Uganda took place in Lira Town on 13 March 2012.

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AYINET is Committed to Making Peace and Justice a Reality for Victims and Survivors of War


"In his honor, AYINET will establish Mandela Peace Library"

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The National War Victims' Conference ends in Kampala, Uganda with a  strengthened  regional, national  and international solidarity among war victims

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The NATIONAL WAR VICTIMS’ CONFERENCE, uniting #UgandaWarVictims from across the country and several other African countries, took place in Kampala between 28 May and 30 May 2014.


The Conference provided a powerful platform for dialogue and it collected ideas for a road forward for coordinated stakeholder involvement. It created a powerful momentum for the active participation of victims in Transitional Justice processes, highlighted and assessed victims’ needs, promoted their sense of dignity and support their rehabilitation and empowerment.


This bottom-to-top approach is part of a multi-pronged effort to encourage preparing victims and community to take a real and active role in shaping and participating in Transitional Justice processes in order to achieve national peace, justice and reconciliation in Uganda.


The Conference convened stakeholders from all sectors of society who are engaged in the Transitional Justice processes, including victims, the Government, the civil society and development partners. It united over 150 victims’ representatives from all Ugandan regions and over 30 victims from other African countries, including Kenya, South Sudan, Mali, Nigeria and Burundi. Top diplomats, Ministers of the Ugandan Government and key international experts spoke at the event, while victims have said that they will return home with messages of peace, forgiveness and Ugandan and broader African unity.


An extensive post-Conference follow-up is already in preparation, including a briefing of H.E. President Museveni on the Conference outcomes, a briefing of the Minister of Health on the number of victims in immediate need of medical and psychosocial attention leading to a joint strategy on how to provide immediate assistance to these victims, a networking strategy and a programme focusing on the tens of thousands of missing people and their relatives. These and other follow-up initiatives are based on the views voiced by victims and observations made by AYINET and our amazing partners.

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“I will return to West Nile and tell my community that Uganda has forgiven us and we have forgiven them” said a victim from West Nile.

Youth Leadership for Peace and Reconciliation


"I received assistance from AYINET. There are tens of thousands, not here today, who still need it. I ask God to uplift the people, who are funding AYINET." (John Ochola,  LRA - Survivor)                                          Read More


A victim speaking at the conference in Kampala


The African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) with support from USAID, through Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE), came up with a project of  “Engaging and Empowering Youth as Leaders; Youth at Risk; and Youth as Game Changers for Peace and Reconciliation.”


The project is youth-specific approaches to post-war conflict transformation, reconciliation and peace building.                             Read More

Restoring Funtionality of Children affected by war.


"All I wanted was to be able to walk to School again,  and AYINET made it possible"

  • Up coming Events

     In advance of the national Victims Conference, AYINET is conducting regional consultations  to identify  priorities and needs for discussion in the Upcoming National War Victims Conference in May, 2014.

    As indicated below :

    Greater North 27th – 30th November,2013 Lira

    Western 20th – 24th January,2014 Kasese

    Central 10th – 13th February,2014 Mukono

    East 03rd – 06th March, 2014 Mbale


  • Up coming Conferences

    War Victims Conference will take place in Kampala, Uganda, in May 2014

  • Jobs/Internship

    National Coordinator Transitional Justice  1 Post

    National Advocacy officer Transitional Justice  1 Post

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“From Victim to Survivor; the Struggle for Reparations, Remedies and Justice”

Decades of civil war have left deep scars in Uganda’s history. To date, the country is still struggling with

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Strengthening Victims Participation in Transitional Justice

AYINET, using a victim- centered and victim-responsive approach to provide healing and empowerment, and enable their recovery to participate in their families, communities and larger regional and national efforts for peace, justice and development


We work with victims to build an inclusive society, acknowledge and confront enduring legacies of injustice and marginalisation in post conflict communities in Uganda.

Youth Leadership Development

Engaging and Empowering Youth as Leaders, Youth at Risk and Youth as Game Changers for Peace and Reconciliation.

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Engaging Leadership at all levels, to ensure

Justice for  Victims

...“Collectively, our solidarity with war victims’ world-over.

I wish to applaud the African Youth Initiative Network- AYINET, for hosting the War Victims Day Football Game. Football has brought us together today. World leaders, ICC State Delegates, War Victims and all people of good will for the noble cause. As we participate, each in our unique ways, we have the opportunity to identify with our brothers and sisters whose lives have regrettably not only been affected, but also defined by war and other cowardly acts of terrorism and crimes against humanity. Together with the United Nations, we in The Republic of Uganda express our solidarity with war victims”


President of Uganda

H.E Y.K Museveni


...“I express my deep respect to victims and survivors of crimes who experienced unspeakable atrocities. Instead of being crushed by war, you struggled and regained your dignity. Above all, your efforts in helping other people regain their dignity too. Mutually, the time is now we have to stand up in solidarity and protect the human rights for all. I want to thank the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) for organizing this memorable War Victims Football Match, they created opportunity for all of us to stand up and support victims of war”


United Nations

Secretary General

H.E Ban-Ki-Moon


Uganda’s President YK Museveni and the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon played football organized by

AYINET to mobilize support and solidarity for the Victims of War; during the ICC review conference in Kampala; May 2010.

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