About CANU

Brief History

The climate Action Network Uganda (CAN-U) was established in 2009 and hosted by Oxfam GB in Uganda then. CAN-U is a civil society network comprising of NGOs, academia, private sector, and religious institutions. CAN-U is a country chapter of the CAN International global network. CAN-U is registered with the NGO board as a national network.

It is governed by the General Assembly which oversees the Executive Committee that is responsible for managing the secretariat comprised of technical staff. The secretariat is hosted by the Ecological Christian Organization (ECO). OXFAM has been largely responsible for providing technical assistance and funding to CAN-Us programs and organizational development. Read More

Our Vision

"A leading network advancing climate change action in Uganda."

Our Mission

" Actively promoting positive climate change action through advocacy, networking and programme development."


Resource Mobilisation & Sustainability

Identify and mobilise funds for network activities through independent and joint proposals with partners.

Increase accountability and commitment of member organizations through partnership diversification.

Promotion of Low Carbon Emission Growth

Research, documentation and information dissemination.

Advocacy on specific issues such as green procurements in government and civil society.

Capacity building

Capacity Building

Build the capacity of member organizations in climate change issues.

Set up a resource centre for climate change issues.

Advocacy and Policy Development

Influence legislation and policies related to climate change.

Develop targeted advocacy ‘asks’ based on thematic areas.

National Civil Society Organising and Coordinating

Convene periodic round table meetings.

Facilitate thematic area discussions and actions.

Research, Documentation and Information Exchange

Develop new knowledge on climate change.

Increase climate change awareness at local level.

Create structures for coordinated information exchange.

Frequently Asked Questions

Climate Action Network Uganda is a network based organization composed of Civil Society, Academia and private sector, working on climate change issues at national, continental and global level.

CAN Uganda is affiliated to CAN East Africa, CAN Africa and CAN International.

CAN Uganda works with the following partners who include: Oxfam in Uganda, World Resources Institute (WRI), CARITAS, IUCN, Dan Church Aid and Action Aid Uganda.

CAN Uganda was established in 2009 as a loose network to advocate for pro-poor climate change policy and laws in Uganda.

An organization downloads a form from the CAN Uganda website, fills in the required information, pays the subscription and membership fees and submits both the filled form and bank slips to the CAN Uganda secretariat.

Access to international workshops and networking

Access to information on climate change

Networking with various development partners

Large platform to conduct advocacy on climate change issues

CAN-U secretariat in consultation with her membership derived key themes to be addressed in order to achieve sustainability, accountability and institutional growth over the next five years and beyond. These include:

  • Civil Society capacity building on selected and emerging climate change issues such as climate smart agriculture and green infrastructure development.
  • Promotion of low carbon emission growth particularly promoting the green growth strategy for Uganda.
  • Research, documentation and information exchange on climate change issues.
  • Advocacy on climate finance transparency and accountability across various levels of government and within civil society.
  • Fundraising for implementation of network activities.

Currently CAN-U has taken a paradigm shift in implementing projects. The current work that the network secretariat is involved in includes:

  • The Climate Change legal policy advocacy building on the Climate Change Advocacy project initially supported by Oxfam.
  • Advocacy project on the mainstreaming of climate change into specific regulations under the National Environment Act. This is implemented with support from the Partners for Resilience and the Wetlands International.
  • Influencing work on international climate change policy framework especially the Conference of Parties United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is done in collaboration with the CAN-I and partners.
  • Enabling Robust Decision Making for Rural Adaptations in Uganda where the Walker Institute of the University of Reading through its HyCristal project and Climate Action Network are partnering together to spearhead a campaign on ensuring that national and sub-national level policy and programming reflects the aspirations and needs of the fisher folk and smallholder farmers.

Since 2009, the network has registered success in the following areas:

  • Active participation and advocacy in the processes leading to formulation of the national climate change policy and its implementation strategy.
  • Undertaking research on key climate change issues such as gender, governance, impacts of climate change on coffee, Agricultural insurance for evidence based advocacy.
  • Supporting civil society on matters of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through country preparations and active participation alongside the government parties in the UNFCCC/COP meetings for the last 7 years.
  • Supporting innovation for the youth in areas of technology development through organizing science competitions as a local initiative towards a low carbon economy.
  • Recognition from the government as a key player in climate change governance and therefore participation in key strategic activities organized by the government.
  • CAN-U has since 2012 been implementing the Adaptation Finance and Accountability Initiative (AFAI) that aims to improve accountability and transparency in the adaptation finance in Uganda. Currently, we are preparing for the third phase of the project that will focus more on building capacity for local governments on issues of climate finance.

Board Members

Our Projects

Contact us

Call: +256-464-660-273
Monday-Friday (8am-5pm)

Email: info@can.ug
Web: www.can.ug

Location: Bukoto,plot 2140,Old Kira RD
Kampala, Uganda