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Environmental Conservation

RUFODE acknowledges the impact of climate change as result of environmental degradation. RUFODE works for the restoration of wetlands in Uganda, by buying from encroachers and handing it over to government authorities.

Through civic education, RUFODE has managed to convince the locals to desist from swamp reclamation by educating them on the dangers of swamp reclamation. RUFODE has worked hard to discourage people from digging trenches in swampy areas, as these will drain away the water thus reducing the water table.

RUFODE would like to stalk the swamps with fish varieties to improve on the diet of the communities as a means of fighting hunger and conserving the wetland. RUFODE would like to see no river being cleared of its plant life, as this increases the speed of water and thus draining away water reducing the water table.


Nursery beds for seedlings have been prepared and tree seedlings have been provided to various interest groups. Tree species like eucalyptus, pine, avocados have been provided to increase on green cover in our areas of operation.

Fruit trees have also been provided to farmers for them to grow and provide fruits to communities and earn money from these fruits while at the same time increasing on the green cover in our areas of operation.

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.

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.