About Us

A Few Words About Us

RELON Uganda was founded in May 2016 with the aim of strengthening the capacity of refugees to engage and respond to the challenges facing refugees and refugee led organizations. The network was started by four organization’s namely Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID), Hope of Children and Women Victims of Violence (HOCW), Hope of Refugee in Action (HRA) and Coburwas International Youth
Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA)

The RELON Uganda was formed to build capacity of RLOs by sharing of experiences,
knowledge, data and opportunities with Refugee led organizations, advocate and lobby on
behalf of Refugee led organizations, contribute to policy making affecting refugees, fundraise
and mobilize resources for supporting refugee work in Uganda.
Its membership has grown to over 50 RLOs.


  • RELON Uganda is registered since 20216 as a company limited by guarantee under the registrar of company in the Republic of Uganda.
  • In 2017 RELON Uganda being the first and only Refugee-Led Network existed in Africa Continent, specifically in the sub-Saharan region, contributed to the successful organization of the first global refugee summit held in Geneva in the same year. This is to say that two of its members are Global Refugee-Led Network founding members and seat in the Global Refugee-Led Network Steering Committee.
  • In 2019, RELON Uganda in collaboration with the Global Refugee-Led Network, with support from OSF, ID and Oxfam, organized the first Africa Refugee Summit that was held in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. As a result, RELON Uganda alone has 5
    members in the Africa Refugee-Led Network steering committee.
  • In 2020, RELON Uganda got its first direct fund from Urban Refugees (UR). Under this grant, RELON has sub granted also 5 other RLOs who are its active members.
  • Early this year 2021, RELON received fund from OSF to support its internal and
    external structure. With this fund, RELON established a head office of the Africa
    Refugee-Led Network where RELON Uganda executive team also seat.


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