We are non political and not- for-profit indigenous led advocacy organisation that advocate for better standards of living, respect of human rights and protection of environmental resources.
Ngetha Media Association for Peace aspire for a “well organised and healthy communities that honors and values human rights, cultural and biological diversity and the critical contribution of environment to their wellbeing”.
Our mission is to use media as a tool for advocacy and campaigns for human rights in favor of marginalized communities.
PROTECTING AND DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS
Our Human Rights Program focuses on Supporting Human Rights Defenders with technical skills and knowledge in digital and physical security using media to increase public awareness of human rights issues
ADVOCATING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Our Environment Program focuses on biodiversity conservation,using media to increase public awareness of environmental issues as well as species re-generation
WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY AGENDA
We support women and indigenous initiatives of peace and conflict resolution; and advocate for protection of and respect of human rights of women and girls, providing tailored security and targeted protections for Women human rights defenders and activists who are endangered because of their peace and justice works.
Restricted and limited access to land and resources has proven to be one of the major obstacles to the
development of local communities. Recent Oil and gas discoveries in the Albertine graben have turned the region into one of the world’s top exploration hotspots. With its potential to transform local economies and boost development, regional governments have banked on oil, looking at new African producers with optimism.
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) would become the world’s longest heated pipeline situated in a sensitive ecosystems, in one of the world’s most ecologically diverse regions. Many have already been severely affected by the ongoing oil work in the area. Approximately, 31,000 smallholder farmers are affected as they have to leave their farm land for the Tilenga and EACOP oil development project.
Land is fundamental to the realization of many human rights, and critical to the livelihoods of farming communities across the Albertine graben as rural People depend on their land for water, farming, grazing, and fishing. Unfortunately, resettlement planning laws are underdeveloped and fall short of international obligations, including the standards set by lenders financing the projects themselves.
Journalists, human rights defenders and community leaders face serious risks for their work to protect their communities, peoples and environment. Due to the nature of their work, they have become targets of both State and non State actors who seek to intimidate, silence and disrupt their works.
Those working against land grabbing, natural resource extraction, mega projects and deforestation activities on their lands and villages are particularly endangered and heir work is plagued by threats, assaults, intimidation, arbitrary-arrests, detention, surveillance and closure of civic space.
Available evidences suggests that the shrinking space of civil society hinders social and -economic development and hinders achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Restrictions on civic space prevent Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from engaging in policy formulation, monitoring rights, raising awareness, championing the voices of vulnerable populations, and from building partnerships.
When civic space is limited, development risks excluding voices and increasing social distrust. Ultimately, this increases inequalities and makes development less sustainable.
Civic space is essential to provide transparent and verifiable information. If objective data is absent due to shrinking civic space, trust in official data and political performance is likely to decrease.
Weakening of civil society may increase a permissive culture of corruption among elite groups without sufficient checks and balances. Not only could this erode trust in governance, but it could also trigger significant economic, food and political crises.
Overemphasis on huge infrastructure projects and economic growth increasingly competes with the discourse of inclusion and thereby puts the key SDG principle of “leaving no one behind” at risk.
Citizens in particular marginalised groups – must be able to hold the providers of basic public services accountable for equitable delivery of services such as education, health, water and sanitation, housing, safety and justice. Governments routinely struggle to improve the quality of public services, but shrinking and closing civic space and violating fundamental freedoms excludes citizens from addressing challenges in the delivery of basic public services. The ‘leave no
one behind’ principle commits governments to reaching the most marginalised populations.Their voices must be heard, and their active participation as agents of change needs to be promoted.
Clamping down on information-sharing and scrutiny of public affairs has counter-productive effects, as public trust is undermined when governments control the flow of information. In the absence of independent scrutiny and analysis of official statistics, methodologies and sources, public experts and development partners are often suspicious of official data.
We reach out to people and communities through radio, media campaigns, social media platforms and face to face, addressing relevant issues and providing essential information.
We organize and host learning opportunities where we can all exchange our experience and knowledge and become more resilient together.
Listening, discussing, analyzing situations and making decisions in community is vital in social transformation and justice.
Ngetha in the news
By Murithi Mutiga/CPJ East Africa Correspondent on February 16, 2016 8:53 AM EST Source: https://cpj.org/2016/02/uganda-elections-approach-amid-hostile-environment/ Robert Agenonga, 23, and a few other youth activists set up in 2011 the Lake Albert Youth Cabinet Media...
Source: https://voima.fi/artikkeli/2020/ihmisoikeus-ja-ymparistoaktivisti-agenonga-robert-kaipaan-rajat-ylittavaa-aktivismia/?cn-reloaded=1 Human rights and environmental activist Agenonga Robert: "I miss cross-border activism" Ugandan Agenonga Robert had not turned...