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RUFODE organizes training workshops for journalists to help them improve on their journalism skills like how to develop stories, and taking charge of interviews and taking care of their physical and digital security.

Research and investigations. Rufode’s correspondents make investigations into news and current affairs to write and share stories for the media.

Writing stories. Rufode’s correspondents write stories, which are run on air, in newspapers, online platforms, magazines to tell our readers/listeners/viewers what is going on, to inform them, engage them, entertain them, shock them, amuse them, disturb them, and uplift them.

Conducting civic education. RUFODE conducts civic education on human rights, Freedoms of expression and tolerance, channeling of public opinions to the government, Mobilizing citizens to participate in political decisions, educating the voters and citizens on electoral system and general political values, using meetings and the media.

Advertising and visual publicity. RUFODE trains the youth to develop their talents in making adverts and through studio production.

Photographic documentation. Rufode works with youth photographers to keep photo documents for future use.

Music dance and drama. Rufode works with the youth to develop their talents in music dance and drama.

Use of social media. Rufode encourages the youth to use social media for communication and reporting human rights abuses.

Adoption of legal strategies. Rufode in collaboration with other civil society organizations, takes up to challenge the constitutionality of specific regulations which are against the freedoms of expression and independent media.

Our Programs

Citizen Journalism

Citizen journalism is based upon public citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information." For democracy in a complex society to work well, journalism is necessary.

Safety of Media Professionals

Promoting the safety of journalists and combating impunity for those who attack them are central elements within RUFODE’s activities. Training Journalists in physical and digital security will be one of the key programs of RUFODE.


The Independent Journalist Networks are necessary for the coordination of addressing challenges met by the media professionals. RUFODE will always support the activities of these networks to strengthen freedoms of expression and independent media.

Journalists Network

Advocating for freedom of expression and other basic human rights will remain a cornerstone of RUFODE’s mission. The Ugandan government continues to take drastic steps to crack down the rights of freedom of expression and independent media.

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Our Contact Person

Mr. Barnabas Tugumisirize
Executive Director
Rukiga Forum for Development
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Our Address

Rukiga Forum for Development (RUFODE)
Plot 10 Nyerere Road, Kabale Municipality
P.O Box 714, Kabale (Uganda)
Tel: +256-783-535-443 |+256-703-152-922
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Our Goals and Objectives

Rukiga Forum for Development shall work to attain the following goals & objectives.

1. To advocate for free and independent media that provides accurate information.
2. To strengthen the freedom of expression and safety of media professionals.
3. To advocate for the promotion and respect of human rights in Uganda.
4. To conduct civic education in Uganda.
5. To agitate for increased citizen participation in a democratic society in Uganda.