Uganda Debt Network (UDN) was formed in 1996 as an ad hoc coalition of organizations and individuals to campaign for debt relief for Uganda under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). UDN was registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) under the NGO Registration Statute in 1998 and incorporated as a Company Limited by Liability with no shareholding in 1999 under the Company Law 1964. UDN was also registered with the National NGO Board in November 2011 in accordance with the provisions of the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Act.
Growing from a maiden membership of only 23 organizations and 3 individuals, UDN now boasts of 23 member organisations and over 150 individual members. The organization's operations have also since evolved from its primary focus on the campaign for debt relief to several policy advocacy activities whose implementation is guided by a Strategic Advocacy Programme and Plan (SAPP). The current SAPP runs for 5 years from 2012-2016 with three thematic programme areas namely:
a) Capacity Building and Empowerment,
b) Governance and Rights, and
c) Institutional and Organisational Development.
These areas have enabled the organization, its constituents and stakeholders to engage at higher levels of advocacy and policy influencing and have shaped its mandate, purpose and mission.
UDN works at the local level with Local Governments and Community Based Organisations in 84 sub-counties in 24 districts. At the national level, the organisation engages with various Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies among which are: Parliament, Bank of Uganda, the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development and the Ministry of Local Government, the Inspectorate of Government, the Office of the Auditor General, the Inspectorate of Ethics and Intergrity, among others, on issues of service delivery, public sector accountability, budget processes, budget policies and policy options.
A prosperous Uganda with sustainable, equitable development and a high quality of life of the people.
To promote and advocate for poor and marginalized people to participate in influencing poverty-focused policies, demand for their rights and monitor service delivery to ensure prudent, accountable and transparent resource generation and utilization.