In Uganda, an International Disaster Response Law (IDRL) report was published in 2011, providing an analysis of Uganda’s legal and policy frameworks for addressing common issues related to receiving international disaster assistance. The report recommended that a comprehensive law on disaster risk management and health emergencies should be enacted to solidify Uganda’s institutional framework for disaster management and that it should include key elements of international disaster response law.
Since the IDRL report, Uganda Red Cross Society has engaged with the Office of the Prime Minister in discussing the development of the Disaster Risk Management Bill (DRM Bill). In 2019, Uganda Red Cross Society supported the Office of the Prime Minister in the co-facilitation of a workshop with parliamentarians and district officials. The workshop gathered contributions from participants to inform the content of the DRM Bill. Uganda Red Cross Society continues to support the drafting process in 2021.
Uganda Red Cross Society also drafted an amendment to its Red Cross Act: The Uganda Red Cross Society and Emblem Use & Protection Bill, 2018. This Bill seeks to highlight the present role of Uganda Red Cross, particularly as a primary actor in the country’s national disaster management governance structure. Uganda Red Cross Society organised a workshop with parliamentarians to inform them on the need for the revision and to champion its expedient approval in parliament to support the ongoing work of Uganda Red Cross.
As part of a global study on child protection and disaster law, IFRC Disaster Law supported Uganda Red Cross Society to develop a case study that provided an assessment of national legal frameworks regarding child protection during disasters. The case study entitled Effective Law and Policy for Addressing Child Protection in Disaster Risk Management documented the advocacy gaps and opportunities for effective participation of children and/or their guardians and care-givers during policy formulation, including current discussions on the Climate Change Bill, revision of the Red Cross Act, Wetlands Bill, and the Disaster Risk Management Bill.