Andrew is a co-founder of Resource Rights Africa. For over 15 years, Andrew has been part of the civil society movement in Uganda advocating for the promotion, protection and respect of human rights served in various fields and positions. As a young professional, Andrew began his career at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) managing a small grants scheme for community based organizations and middle level farmers groups covering 7 districts in Tooro and the Rwenzori regions. Thereafter, joined UNDP as a United Nations Volunteer; Policy Advocacy Officer at Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET); worked at Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U) as an officer in charge of business and human rights in Karamoja mining sector before joining International Alert to manage the Oil and Gas project worth EUR1.8 million funded by UK Aid and Sida. Later, Andrew moved on to Development Network of Indigeneous and Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) to manage the monitoring and evaluation activities of the USAID funded project titled, “Improving Local Stakeholders’ Readiness to Adapt to Climate Change in Agriculture”. A holder of Bachelors of Arts (Social Sciences) from Makerere University and currently pursuing a post graduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the same university. He is a founding member of Rwenzori Anti-Corruption Coalition (RAC) and has undertaken consultancy assignments on extractives, resource based conflicts, programme impact assessments for Send a Cow Uganda, Horizont3000, Kabarole Research and Resource Centre, Heifer International among others.
A co-founder at RRA, Stephen is a leading non-profit, Impact Finance, Social Enterprise and Corporate Law advisory attorney in Uganda.A holder of Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School, Stephen has previously worked with Deloitte and Touché-East Africa where he advised leading entities in East Africa on all aspects of incorporation, restructuring, winding up and financing. He has acted as a consultant for several multinational agencies on NGO/not for profit policy in East Africa and Impact Finance Investment in the East African Region.He has specifically conducted cross border practice and is currently retained by leading entities as legal advisor/board secretary which has given him a deep understanding of both policy and law.Stephen was part of the team of lawyers that advised Uganda’s Parliament on the reform of the previously draconian NGO operating law and many of his proposals were adopted in the final text. Stephen advises Public Sector departments including statutory bodies, government ministries and local governments on all aspects of legal advisory, tax, public-private sector partnerships and public debt.
Head of Programs
Fridah is an expert in project planning and management and possesses a wealth of experience in overseeing complex projects, ensuring their successful execution from inception to completion. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute.
Lotukei Dean Raphael
Project Manager, Moroto
Lotukei Dean Raphael
Lotukei Dean Raphael was born 1980 age 40 years in Moroto District Karamoja region, he is a Karamojong by tribe and Ugandan by nationality.
Dean holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons – Second Class Upper) in Public Administration from Kampala International University, obtained in 2014. He holds a Diploma in Social Works and Social Administration from Nzamizi Institute for social development obtained in 2007 and certificate of Publica Administration Makerere University. In addition, he has received several trainings and short-term trainings in research, advocacy, conflict mitigation, and conflict sensitivity; Do no Harm, Gender Based Violence, Monitoring &Evaluation and computer applications among others.
He possesses over 14 years of experience in Humanitarian work in the Agro-pastoralists context, Peace building and Natural resource governance.
In 2021,Dean joined Resource Rights Africa (RRA) under the European Union funded project as a Field Coordinator and was elevated to the position of the Project Manager (2021-to-date). Previously, Dean worked as Program Officer and Riam-Riam Civil Society Network as Advocacy Officer (2007-2008); worked with International Rescue Committee (2008-2012); worked as a Governance and Peace Building/Conflict Mitigation Officer under Moroto-Nakapiripirit Religious Leaders Initiative for Peace (2012-2013); worked with Ecological Christian Organization as Program Officer, Natural Resource Governance Project (2016-2018); and worked with Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries as Environment and Social Safeguard Officer under the Resilience Project in Karamoja supported by the World Bank (2019-2020).
Throughout his career, Dean has gained knowledge and experience in managing programs in natural resource governance and he is passionate with the promotion and protection the rights of marginalized communities impacted minerals exploitation. As a champion of land and mineral rights, he has researched widely and championed advocacy initiatives that aim to promote transparency and accountability in extractives sector.
Admin and Accounts Assistant
Kansiime Rebecca has experience working with NGOs and private sector companies, in her 5yrs experience in Finance and Administration departments, she has been exposed to manage administrative tasks, with exceptional combination of human resource, financial, procurement and operational.
In her five-year career plan, she has obtained extensive knowledge and a wealth of experience pertaining to managerial practices and procedures, logistics and supply chain management plus the ability to plan and strategize as far as organization is concerned. She is proud of her great skills in general office administration, customer-oriented approach towards work, matchless negotiation skills, excellent decision-making skills, team work experience and outstanding communication skills with the ability to convey information in a clear but brief and professional manner. She is always confident of making a meaning full contribution to her duties assigned to.
Before joining RRA in 2023, Rebecca worked with Enhance Abilities Initiative(EAI) as Administrative Clerk and Cashier, which gave her much experience in handling NGO funds from Donors.
She possesses a first-class Diploma in Business Administration (Finance option) from YMCA Institute and Currently pursuing her BSc. Accounting and Finance from Kyambogo University, Kampala-Uganda.
Climate Justice and Energy Coordinator
Jesca Atim OLILA
Child protection officer.
Atim Jesca Olila is a dedicated and passionate social worker who has devoted her career to making a positive impact in her community. Currently, she serves as a Child Protection officer at Resource Rights Africa, where she is working on the Stop Child Labour Campaign in the Mining Sector in Karamoja. Atim's extensive background in social work has equipped her with the necessary skills to navigate complex issues related to child labor, and she is committed to promoting the rights of children and ensuring their protection from exploitation.
Before joining Resource Rights Africa, Atim gained a wealth of expe- rience working with various organizations. She previously worked as an assistant manager for the Presidential Initiative of the Industrial Hubs, where she oversaw the implementation of various projects aimed at promoting economic development. She also worked as a
eld worker for Mercy Corps, where she was responsible for the implementation of programs that focused on promoting peacebuild- ing and economic development. Additionally, she served as a Health Protection officer for Concern, where she worked to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable communities.
Atim is originally from Karamoja, and she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Development. She is proud of her cultural heritage and is commit- ted to working with the community to alleviate poverty in Uganda. Her passion for community development is rooted in her desire to make a positive difference in the lives of the people around her. Atim's commitment to her work and her community make her an invaluable asset to any organization she works with studies at Kyambogo University
Tom Balemesa K.
Associate in Peace and Development
Tom Balemesa K
Tom has over 10 years of experience from within and outside Uganda on conflict and peace research focusing on Land, Oil and Gas, Mining and Minerals Policies’ processes, humanitarian development work; monitoring and evaluation, social and participatory research. He has also carried out conflict sensitivity and gender analysis in relation to land, conflict, refugees and extractives’ programming. He has written for and presented at local and international audiences including scholarly conferences. His knowledge of the local and international contexts has developed over time through research, programming and consulting for many local and international organisations. He has also worked on post conflict contexts by informing programming in Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan. Tom possess a Masters of Arts in Peace building and Conflict resolution that focused on Land conflicts and Oil exploration for research, certifications in Conflict analysis and mediation in violent conflicts from United States Institute of Peace and has been a visiting Professional at Landesa on Women Land Rights, United States Peace Corps as an Atlas Fellow on post conflict programming and training and Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) as a Junior fellow Knowledge Production Department. He has led many conflict sensitive researches and has published an Assessment report and Info sheet: The Dynamics of Conflicts Related to Land and Natural Resources in Rupa Sub-County, Karamoja Region, Uganda for an EU - UN funded project 2013-2014. See link below: http://www.slideshare.net/TOMBALEMESAK/dynamics-report and Balancing Development and Community Livelihoods: A Framework for Land Acquisition and Resettlement in Uganda: A Study of Communities Affected by Conservation in Kibaale District; Oil Development and Road Infrastructure in Hoima District; and Hydro Electric Power Development in Buikwe District of Uganda. http://www.acode-u.org/Files/Publications/PRS_75.pdf. He has visited and worked in Uganda, South Africa, China, United States of America, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Germany.
Associate in Monitoring and Evaluation
Peter Magara is a Learning and Change facilitator. Peter supports organizations measure results from their work and facilitates learning processes to enable them adapt to change and position themselves to achieve greater impact. Peter has over 15 years’ experience in facilitating multi stakeholder processes for driving action research, learning, and improving Governance and delivery of basic services such as; water sanitation and hygiene, food security, entrepreneurship development services for rural areas in low income communities. Peter is a strong advocate for system thinking and has worked in different capacities towards Strengthening Local Government and National WASH systems. He has been involved in a number of System strengthening initiatives that include; Supporting establishment and facilitation of multi stakeholder learning alliances at district and National level, Strengthening monitoring of rural water services through developing and testing Service Delivery Indicators, and Supporting the development of Local Government Master Plans for delivering Universal Access to Water and Sanitation services by 2030. Peter works independently for development organizations in areas of programme quality design and assessment, design of monitoring and evaluation and learning frameworks and systems, project evaluations/studies, facilitating learning, outcome harvesting and impact assessments. Peter holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management from Makerere University.
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