Laws and Regulations
The Government of Uganda in 1989 enacted the NGO Registration Act Cap.113 as amended in 2006 and it established the National NGO Board to register and oversee NGO operations in the country. The National NGO Board was comprised of a board and a secretariat.
Cabinet approved the National NGO policy in October 2010 and it introduced a number of things that had to be harmonized with the NGO Registration Act Cap. 113.
In April 2011, the process of reviewing the NGO Registration Act Cap 113 started and on the 26th day of November. 2015 Parliament passed the NGO Bill 2015 which the President assented to on the 30th of January 2016. The NGO Act 2016 commenced on the 14th day of March as the date appointed by the Minister of Internal Affairs.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs in August. 2016 started the process of developing the NGO Regulations and on the 5th day of May 2017 the NGO Regulations 2017( Attached below ) and the NGO ( fees) Regulations 2017( Attached below) were gazetted. The Regulations were tabled in parliament on the 29th day of June 2017and later tabled in Parliament.
C. NGO ACT 2016
The NGO ACT 2016 repealed and replaced the NGO Registration Act Cap. 113 in order to:
Provide a conducive and an enabling environment for the Non- Governmental Organizations’ sector;
Strengthen and promote the capacity of Non- Governmental Organizations and their mutual partnership with the Government;
Make provision for the corporate status of the National Bureau for Non- Governmental Organizations and provide for its capacity to register, regulate, coordinate and monitor Non- Governmental Organizations activities;
Provide for the board of directors;
Provide for the establishment of branch offices of the Bureau, District Non-Governmental Organizations Monitoring Committees (DNMC), Sub-county Non-Governmental Organizations’ Monitoring Committees(SNMC) to make provision for special obligations of Non-Governmental Organizations ‘and to provide for other related matters.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ACT
The objects of this Act are to:
a).establish an administrative and regulatory framework within which organizations can conduct their affairs;
b). promote and require organizations to maintain high standards of governance, transparency and accountability;
c).promote a spirit of cooperation, mutual partnership and shared responsibility between the organizations sector , Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government and other stakeholders dealing with organizations;
d). provide the development of strong organizations and to facilitate the formation and effective function of organizations for public benefit purposes;
e). promote and strengthen the capacity of the organizations sector that is sustainable and able to deliver services professionally;
f). promote development of self- regulation among organizations;
g). provide an enabling environment for the organizations sector;
h). strengthen the capacity of the Bureau; and
i). promote and develop a charity culture that is voluntary, non- partisan and relevant to the needs and aspirations of the people of Uganda.