What is Mbeleni’s Focus?

Our strategic areas of focus

  1. Human Rights and Good governance
  2. Gender Equity
  3. Education
  4. Health; Sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
  5. Psychosocial support
  6. Economic Empowerment


We are  guided by participatory evidence based findings, we employ a gender and human rights based approach. 

Our Approach


Education is both a human right in itself and an indispensable means of realizing other human rights. Education has a vital role in promoting human rights and democracy, protecting the environment, and controlling population growth. Mbeleni believes that education is one component of a rapid response, providing immediate protection to children and preventing human rights violations.

Sexual and Reproductive health rights

Everyone is entitled  to reproductive health services which is a basis for having healthy children, intimate relationships and happy families.

Because women and  young people often face barriers in trying to get the information about reproductive health, and care they need, women and  adolescent reproductive health is an important focus of Mbeleni.


After a dramatic reduction in HIV prevalence following an early comprehensive HIV prevention campaign, between 2003-2006 there are signs that the number of people living with HIV in the country may be starting to rise again. Mbeleni would like to contribute  to efforts towards  reversing this trend.

Psychosocial support

Complex emergencies can have a variety of psychosocial, trauma and mental health consequences for survivors. Refugee children, youth and families have got very many psychological challenges. They have seen their family members die, others are separated from them, and others are on the run even in the countries of asylum.

Mbeleni has been extending this support to refugee children, women and youth and their families in Kampala among Urban refugees, Nakivale refugee settlement and Kyaka II refugee settlement.

Human Rights, Good governance and peace building

Mbeleni’s special emphasis is laid on interventions that generally address Human rights and earmarking of substantial investments in the areas relating to especially good governance, peace building and awareness to reduce gender based violence. Mbeleni is advocating for the adequate implementation of the policies that address Human Rights issues.

Women and Human rights

Women are entitled to the enjoyment of all human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as all human beings are entitled to, irrespective of their gender. We consider the empowerment and autonomy of women and the improvement of their political, social, economic and health status as important ends in realizing women’s Rights. We regard gender mainstreaming and gender equity so important to us, and gender and Human rights are crosscutting in all our plans and programme areas.